Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA - Braving the heat of summer, competitive masters and adaptive rowers from Rockland Rowing Association turned in a strong performance at the Independence Day Regatta, finishing sixth out of 87 clubs in total points won towards the Mariner Points Trophy. "I am thrilled by the enthusiasm and drive shown by our competitors," commented competitive masters/adaptive coach Greta Nettleton. "They have been putting in an incredible amount of effort and it shows."
Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky and his daughter, Alice, picked up a silver medal in the father/daughter event with a time of 04:08.36; right on their heels, Peter Klose and daughter Celeste won bronze. In the hotly contested mother/daughter doubles event, Sharon Quayle and Charlotte Buck won gold with a time of 04:36.96, beating Nereid and Hudson River by 6 and 12 seconds, respectively.
Rockland Rowing Association’s adaptive rowers made team history by competing for the first time on the water and enjoyed near perfect conditions. This regatta’s adaptive doubles event matches up one able-bodied rower with a rower who has an impairment. Caren Landis (TA) partnered with youth varsity rower Ariel Deljanin in bow to win gold in the five-boat straight final with a time of 5:07.29. In the same race, Dominic Romano (LTA) partnered with Ivan Rudolph-Shabinksy in bow and came in fourth with a time of 05:38.65.
With hardly enough time to wipe the sweat off his face, Rudolph-Shabinksy then jumped into a boat with Klose to win silver in the mens masters double, clocking a blistering time of 03:29.95.
Next up for the adaptive competitors is the Bayada Regatta on August 12, again in Philadelphia, and for the masters, the Head of the Riverfront in Hartford, Connecticut on October 1, 2017.