In fall 2021, Dominican College will launch a new Rowing Club, with men’sand women’s teams. The club will compete against collegiate teams in the New York area, regional races including the New York State Collegiate Championships, and some national races – including the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
Coach Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky is looking for interested incoming students and current students to join the Rowing Club and stresses that no experience is necessary. He said there are many national team rowers who didn’t start rowing until college. “This creates a wonderful opportunity for the late-blooming athlete who has not yet found ‘their sport’ to try rowing and know that, even if they start only in college, they have the possibility of reaching the highest levels of the sport,” he said.
Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director of the Business Division at Dominican College, is an accomplished rower and coach who began his career at Cornell University. He continued racing as an adult – most recently winning a gold medal in a masters four in 2019 at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. He is also president of the Rockland Rowing Association, where he coaches youth rowers and competes as a masters rower.
Dominican College has partnered with Rockland Rowing to develop the Rowing Club. Rockland Rowing is completing a new rowing center at Rockland Lake this spring that will include the new Crestron Rowing Pavilion, a low-profile eco-dock, and a buoyed 10-lane course.