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October 31st, 2012

Newburgh Rowing Club wins eight medals

Newburgh Rowing Club won eight medals during the Brickyard 5000, held at Haverstraw Marina on October 14, 2012.
HAVERSTRAW - The Newburgh Rowing Club competed in near-squall like conditions at the Brickyard 5000 at Haverstraw Marina on October 14th, and still managed to come up with eight medals: three First Place, three Second Place, and two Third Place Medals.

“The water conditions were really rough, some coaches would have called it. When the water gets almost whitecap like that, it’s the equivalent of running in the sand, it’s just exhausting to the athletes. We had two boats flip, but all three of the rowers who ended up in the water got right back out there in a 4+ (4-person boat with a coxswain) so their teammates would not be DQ’d, and rowed another 10,000 meters, that’s 5,000 meters to the starting line, then racing 5,000 meters back, and ended up medaling. These kids are warriors. That’s the thing about Newburgh, our kids have tremendous heart, I’m very proud of them.”

The Brickyard 5000 was hosted by the North Rockland Rowing Club, with 40 entries and rowing teams from New Jersey and Long Island to Manhattan College and Dominican College.  To address the rough weather conditions, the North Rockland Rowing Club shortened the race from 5,000 to 4,600 meters for the competitive rowers and to 1,500 for the scullers and novice rowers.

“I’ve been rowing with the NRC for years and these are some of the worst conditions I’ve ever seen,” said Willa Arsenault, a competitive NRC rower who took first place in the Women’s 1x with a time of 15:05. “But the team really pulled through and we ended up having a really successful meet.”

For more information on the Newburgh Rowing Club, including scholarship opportunities for children ages 10-17 residing in the City of Newburgh, contact Coach Ed Kennedy at (845) 541-2313 or Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at

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