Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Tell Your Friends: AJRA to Host Fall Open House on Aug. 17

July 31st, 2013 Posted by Club News 0 thoughts on “Tell Your Friends: AJRA to Host Fall Open House on Aug. 17”

Do you have friends who are athletic but not part of any sport?

Maybe they aren’t on a high school team or are just burned out on traditional sports and looking for something new.   Invite them to AJRA’s free Fall Open House to learn about the Olympic sport of rowing!  The Open House will be held on Sat., Aug. 17 from 9am to noon at the AJRA boathouse, 245 Azalea Dr., Roswell for co-eds aged 12-18 and their parents.

Openings are available in AJRA’s middle school program and for high school rowers and coxswains on both the Men’s and Women’s Novice squads.  No experience is necessary — just an interest in learning a new sport based on fitness and conditioning, competition, and teamwork.

Participants at the Open House can:

*Tour the AJRA boathouse.
*Get into a rowing shell.
*Learn basic technique.
*Watch race footage.
*Try out land training equipment.
*And learn about college recruiting opportunities!

Coaches, parents, and current and collegiate rowers will be on hand to answer questions about rowing and discuss AJRA’s Fall programs, practices and competitions.

No sign-up for the Open House is necessary.  However, anyone interested in signing up for Fall will need to go to the Fall registration link (see right side of this homepage) to register and also attend the Parent Registration Meeting on Sun., Aug. 18.

For questions or more information, contact Coach Sarah Low at


Club Nationals Provides Great Competition for AJRA

July 17th, 2013 Posted by Races & Regattas 0 thoughts on “Club Nationals Provides Great Competition for AJRA”
AJRA Club National rowers at the top of the "Rocky" steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

AJRA Club National rowers at the top of the “Rocky” steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

This summer, AJRA selected a summer racing squad of 12 varsity men and 12 varsity women to train in Roswell, and to compete July 10-14 at USRowing’s Club National Championships. Many of these rowers were in their first or second year racing with AJRA, and so they were able to gain valuable experience by racing in several different categories and events during Club Nationals.

The highlight of the weekend were AJRA’s two entries in the Men’s Intermediate Lightweight Pairs. Racing up an age category, versus current collegiate and post-collegiate rowers, the two AJRA pairs advanced out of heats into the semifinals. From there, the A-entry of James Virgo and Chandler Boyd qualified for the grand final on Sunday. In the final, Virgo and Boyd went stroke for stroke down the course with University of Wisconsin, though they were edged out across the finish line and earned 4th place.

Overall it was a great experience for the team, and we look forward to the next racing season.

AJRA Summer Racing Squad

Varsity Men Varsity Women
Chandler Boyd, Riverwood
Joe Cecil, Johns Creek HS
Jessica Geng, Roswell HS
Evan Ketcham, Alpharetta HS
Harris Kiefer, Norcross HS
Matt Morelli, Roswell HS
Robert Morgan, Walton HS
Matt Rose, Pope HS
Eric Simmons, Johns Creek HS
Michael Stagnaro, Cambridge HS
James Virgo, Milton HS
Elijah Ziobron, Roswell HS
Brianna Bein, Johns Creek HS
Sarah Bower, Blessed Trinity
Rachel de Koekkoek, Roswell HS
Anna Ellis, Westminster School
Al Hiott, Home Schooled
Kira Koziak, Walton HS
Samantha Morton, Alpharetta HS
Amy Pitzel, Chattahoochee HS
Allie Schank, Westminster School
Madison Smith, Pope HS
Kate Snyder, Northview HS
Allie Tucker, Mount Vernon HS

Attention Rising Seniors–Do You Meet Criteria to Apply for USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll?

July 1st, 2013 Posted by Club News 0 thoughts on “Attention Rising Seniors–Do You Meet Criteria to Apply for USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll?”

The application for USRowing’s Scholastic Honor Roll is available online at

Rising seniors should review the academic and rowing criteria to determine if they are eligible for nomination.  Completed applications will be accepted until September 13.  Meeting the criteria does not guarantee selection for the Honor Roll or Honorable Mention as candidates are ranked based on the academic criteria.  In the past, approximately 40-50 percent of nominated candidates have been selected for this prestigious honor.

Questions?  Contact Coach Sam or Coach Elliot.