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North Fulton High School Rowers

Advance to Nationals

June 7, 2019

St. Andrew Women’s varsity eight includes Madison Stafford (Walton), Isabel Castro (South Forsyth), Jillian Armstrong (Chattahoochee), Maddie ONeil (Walton), Elena Jerkovic (Centennial), Bri Brys

St. Andrew Women’s varsity eight includes Madison Stafford, Isabel Castro, Jillian Armstrong, Maddie ONeil, Elena Jerkovic, Bri Brysacz, Paris Burbine, and Grace Murdock

Ga Tech and St Andrew Rowing Clubs

Sponsors 33rd Annual Regatta

Apr 7, 2019


Beautiful rowing conditions for the 33rd annual John Hunter Regatta held at Lake Lanier Olympic Center

Roswell, Ga - St. Andrew Rowing Club (SARC) placed 2nd at the USRowing Southeast Youth Championships with their Women’s Youth 8+ Boat. The top 3 placements are invited to advance to the upcoming National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. 

St. Andrew Women’s varsity eight is comprised of Madison Stafford (Walton High School), Isabel Castro (South Forsyth High School), Jillian Armstrong (Chattahoochee High School), Maddie ONeil (Walton High School), Elena Jerkovic (Centennial High School), Bri Brysacz (Blessed Trinity), Paris Burbine (Cambridge High School) and Grace Murdock, coxswain (Milton High School).

The USRowing Southeast Youth Championships were held in Knoxville Tennessee with over 45 clubs participating from across the South East.  After a very successful Spring Season, St. Andrew Women’s Varsity 8 progressed through 2 days of rain, time trials and elimination rounds to ultimately place just 3 seconds behind the first-place team from Sarasota.

After practicing five to six times a week during their regular season training, this team has been running drills both morning and afternoons for the past month.  According to Coach Jason Berric, St. Andrew women’s head coach “… it all comes down to readiness and this team has been working together for months. I am incredibly proud of their dedication and hard work.  We have a great group of extremely talented women and I am very excited to be participating at the national level again with these ladies.”

The USRowing National Championships will be held this year down at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota Florida.  SARC is excited to be competing against the top 25 Women’s 8+ in the country. 

St. Andrew Rowing Club was founded in 1988 by the Georgia Tech Rowing program. St. Andrew Rowing Club includes Middle and High School Students from over 40 schools in the Metro Atlanta area. The SARC program is dedicated to instructing and training the best youth rowers in the metro Atlanta area.  The boathouse is located at 675 Riverside Rd, Roswell, GA and the team practices on the Chattahoochee River. For more information, or to sign up for a rowing program, please visit  www.standrewrowing.com, or email coach@standrewrowing.com.

Spring Season for SARC is Underway

Mar 22, 2019


St. Andrew Rowing Club Opens Season with Boat Dedication.

Amid unseasonably warm, spring-like temperatures and bright shining sun, the SA Rowing Family gathered last Saturday morning on the banks of the Chattahoochee River for a beautiful dedication and the ceremonial blessing of 3 new boats.

2018 ended as the second wettest year in history and the spring rains have continued to impact the Chattahoochee water levels causing flooding up and down the river. At this point, the entire community is waterlogged.  At SA Rowing Club, high waters have caused a lot of flooding, evacuation of equipment and shifting of practices to alternate indoor facilities. Several areas of the campus have been underwater for weeks.

But despite the forecast, Saturday was a beautiful day. The SA Rowing Club invited friends, family and other members of the community to share in the celebration.  Father Dan Fleming, Pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church, presided over the ceremony. Wearing rain boots and rain gear, and wading through mud and puddles, the community of over 100 rowers joined to celebrate the addition of the new boats to their fleet for the upcoming Spring season. Reading the story of Jesus calming the wind and seas, Father Dan blessed the boats, the rowers and families, and prayed for their health and continued success. SA Rowing, a youth only program, has been sharing land with the church since it was stated in 1989 by the Georgia Tech athletic program.  

Among the three boats is a new eight-man rowing shell to be used by the Men’s Team. In recognition of the 30+ years of collaboration between SA Rowing Club and St. Andrew Catholic Church, the Men’s team voted to name the new boat the Spirit of St. Andrew, or simply, the “SOSA”. In addition to the SOSA, two more boats were dedicated on Saturday afternoon. 

The Women’s team also added an eight-man shell, the Valkyrie, to the fleet.  Valkyrie is a group of noble women who guided fallen warriors from the battlefield and were recognized as beacons of strength. Valkyrie is synonymous with the term “victory women”. This title is well-deserved, as the SA Women’s team has proven to be top performers in every regatta and respected for their national accomplishments. 

After winning a fundraising event, the Men’s team was awarded the right to pick the name for the new shared four-man shell. The McNair was named in recognition of Coach Dan McNair who coached the SA team between 2002 and 2010, and who has made a tremendous impact on countless athletes over his years of service.

The entire team is thankful for this special collaboration, which affords the athletes the ability to train on a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River. Known as a core differentiator for the program, SA’s coaches embrace an athlete-centric training philosophy, encompassing not only the physical aspects of athletic training but also the developmental needs of young adults, setting it apart from other programs in the area. The SARC coaches are focused on developing athletes through hard work, positive relationships, and constant encouragement, an approach well aligned with the Church, and a common goal for continuing a strong partnership well into the future.