AJRA - Atlanta Junior Rowing Association


Fall Parent Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 17

The required parent meeting for all new and returning rowers registered for the fall season will be held Sunday, August 17 at Roswell River Landing.  Rowers are welcomed but attendance is optional. Parking at the Landing is limited but also available at Azalea Park (1/4 mile west) and Riverside Park (3/4 mile east across Hwy.9). Please do not park on the opposite side of Azalea Drive.

1 pm — Varsity  (those rowers who participated on Varsity or Novice in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014, rowers from other rowing clubs)
2 pm — Novice AND Recreational Team (new high school rowers, Former D Squad rowers)
3:30 pm – New and Returning Development Squad

Please remember to bring a completed copy of the physician’s fitness verification form to the meeting. Varsity and Novice parents can sign up for their required volunteer position if they haven’t already done so. Come meet our coaches, purchase required travel shirt for Novice and Varsity, shop for spirit wear, and order uniforms if needed.

IMPORTANT:  Your rower should be registered for the fall season before this meeting. We will not be accepting payments for fall fees on site. Varsity rowers will need a separate check to order uni and/or splash jackets. Cash/checks/VISA/MasterCard accepted for purchases of required Novice and Varsity travel shirts, Novice uniforms, and optional practice spandex and spirit wear.

If you have not yet registered, go to the Registration link on the AJRA homepage, and complete the registration forms prior to the August 17 meeting.  If you are interested in rowing but aren’t sure whether to sign up, attend the AJRA Open House on Saturday, August 16 at the boathouse from 9 am-noon. Details coming soon!


Welcome Coach Kyle Daugherty-new varsity men’s coach

Kyle photo2AJRA would like to welcome Kyle Daugherty as new Head Coach for Varsity Men. Coach Daugherty comes to AJRA from the University of Florida where he spent two years as Men’s Varsity Head Coach. During his time at UF, Coach Daugherty had crews make finals at SIRA and ACRA National Championships. His crew also received an automatic bid to the Head of the Charles for the first time in the school’s history. Coach Daugherty began rowing at Mathews High School in Southeastern Virginia and continued rowing into college for Syracuse University. He will be joining AJRA August 1, so when you have a chance, stop by the boathouse and give Coach Daugherty a big AJRA welcome!



Congrats to AJRA’s Nine College Recruits

Senior Recruits 2014Nine high school seniors at AJRA were recruited from this year’s Varsity squads to row at college crew programs.  

Pictured top left to right are Elijah Ziobron (Iona College); Aja List (University of Tennessee); Nicole Lane (University of Alabama); Annie Jachthuber (Ohio State University); Anna Ellis (University of Virginia); Isabelle Babb (US Naval Academy); and Daniel Akselrod (Georgetown University).  Bottom is Zoe Canaras (Brown University).  Not pictured is Eric Simmons (Rollins College).  

Congratulations to AJRA’s recruits! 



AJRA Races Well in California at Youth Nationals


Nats '14 VMAJRA had 20 rowers competing in three events at the 2014 USRowing Youth National Championship, held for the first time on the West Coast in Sacramento, CA. Over 130 junior clubs were in attendance at the regatta, bringing the event to high levels of competition and fast racing against rowers from across the country.


This year’s regatta was another great step in national competition for AJRA, with all boats advancing to Sunday’s finals for only the second time in club history. The Men’s Pair posted strong performances all weekend, capping off their spring season by finishing 2nd in the petite final, earning 8th place overall. This is the highest-placing finish for any AJRA men’s entry at Youth Nationals since the regatta expanded to its current format.Nats '14 pair


The Men’s and Women’s 8+’s both qualified for Sunday’s C-level final through their racing in the heats and reps early in the weekend, which meant each boat was racing for 13th – 20th. The Women’s 8+ placed 17th overall with their 5th-place finish in the C final, and the Men’s 8+ placed 20th overall with their 8th-place finish.


AJRA sent a young squad to Youth Nationals this year, with only 7 seniors out of the 20 rowers competing in Sacramento. The returning rowers will look to bring this racing experience back to Roswell and lead their teams next year to compete at a high level all year long.Nat. '14 VM_0


For full regatta results, check out USRowing’s website.