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River Rowers Get NYS Scholar Athlete Honors

Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky attending Orangetown School District Award ceremony for Student Athletes.

by Peter Klose

The River Rowing Association’s Varsity Girls team, led by coach Oksana Tsimbalova, have earned Scholar/Athlete Team status.  Our rowers include students from Clarkstown North High School, Clarkstown South High School, Tappan Zee High School and Nyack High School.

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association’s (NYSSRA) Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program was created to acknowledge the academic achievements of New York State’s scholastic rowers.  Implemented in 2009 and awarded at the end of each spring and fall season, the program recognizes nominated varsity high school teams and clubs who meet certain criteria, including a team grade point average of 90% or above during the current competitive season.

From Nyack High School, Alice Rudolph-Shabinisky (10th Grade).  From Tappan Zee HS students honored as part of the team were: Elizabeth (Lizzi) Ginsberg, 10th grade; Irena Tampakis, 11th grade; Jaclyn Wecht , 10th grade; Isabel Barrie , 11th grade; and Amelia (Mia) Connell, 12th grade.

‘€œThere is good news to share about New York’s young people: the state’s scholastic rowers continue to show their ability to achieve scholastic success even while training for and competing in this demanding sport,’€ said NYSSRA president Chris Chase. ‘€œThe NYSSRA is pleased to recognize this season’s Scholar/Athlete teams.’€

This bodes well for the RRA’s student athletes in life sport where colleges are snapping up young athletes to fill the growing demand for rowing. For those interested in learning to row, contact klose@riverrowing.org, or visit www.riverrowing.org .

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association’s (NYSSRA) Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program was created to acknowledge the academic achievements of New York State’s scholastic rowers. Implemented in 2009 and awarded at the end of each spring and fall season, the program recognizes nominated varsity high school teams and clubs who meet certain criteria, including a team grade point average of 90% or above during the current competitive season.

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