Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet

Nyack, NY - On November 8th, the Rockland Rowing Association held its annual dinner and awards banquet. Rowers traded their uniforms for suits and dresses and gathered to celebrate at the Del'Arte Restaurant located in Orangeburg, NY.

Rockland Rowing honored two seniors Ariel Deljanin Northern Regional '18 and Chloe Young Ridgwood '18 who made verbal commitments to row at Lehigh and Cornell respectively. Rowers enjoyed a collection of short speeches from active rowers on how Rockland Rowing has improved their lives: Gabriele Welp IHA '19 (full transcript)Saravanan Somasundaram, Sheila Savage and Kathy Kearney (full transcript). Many volunteers involved in RRA's adaptive program were thanked and four unique awards were also handed out. 

Anthony Rostek Tappan Zee '20 took home the first award of the evening, the Outstanding Novice Award, awarded to the member of the youth rowing team who had the most athletic accomplishments. Rostek won an impressive seven medals in just two seasons, including four golds.

Alec Almond was honored with the Most Improved Award for masters, awarded to the member who by his contribution, commitment and performance has best improved his rowing over the course of the year.

Peter Klose received the Broken Oar Award for the masters, awarded to the rower with the fiercest determination and most boundless drive. He said, "To me, a “broken oar” comes from heavy pulling over a long period of time. After more than ten (10) years with this organization, I can say, we pull together and pull hard toward the common goal of bettering people’s lives. For our community, we have raised money for hard infrastructure changes (eco-doc), have raised awareness for rowing and outdoor sports, have pulled people together to support athletes less fortunate than ourselves. For my family, we have created a circle of friends focused on common good, healthy life-style choices, and hard work. For myself, aside from the addition to endorphins gained from the athletic endeavors, I cherish the intimacy of my rowing family and the beauty of the great outdoors."

The last award of the night, the Coach's Award was presented to masters rower Diana Costanzo by coach Leslie Horn. It is given to the rower who best embodies the standards and ideals of the coach. Costanzo was noted for community spirit and for instilling positivity and energy throughout the team. "So nice to be singled out but truly everybody works together...," said Costanzo.

This banquet wrapped up the 2017 water season. Rockland Rowing begins its winter season indoors on November 13. For more information visit