Stage Set for Golden Oars Awards Celebration

PRINCETON, N.J. – It’s a golden week at USRowing. The 2017 Golden Oars Awards are being held this Wednesday,  November 15th. Co-hosted by USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation, Golden Oars is set to begin at 6 pm at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Kicking off the event is the silent auction followed by dinner and presentation of awards.

Golden Oars is the one time each year when the rowing community gathers to honor its own. Honoring successes in the sport from junior athletes and coaches, to collegiate, elite and masters, the dinner provides an opportunity to dine with athletes, coaches and supporters from across the sport. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the National Rowing Foundation in support of U.S. National teams.

This years’ awards winners include:

USRowing Medal of Honor – Jim Joy

John J. Carlin Service Award – T. Gary Rogers

Jack Kelly Award – John Chatzky

Anita DeFrantz Award – Arshay Cooper

Isabel Bohn Award – Jeff McGinnis

Female Athlete of the Year – Ellen Tomek

Male Athlete of the Year – Andrew Reed

Fan’s Choice Awards:

Masters Athlete of the Year- Simon Borchelt, Texas Rowing Center

National Team Athlete of the Year- Meghan O’Leary, New York Athletic Club

Junior Coach of the Year- Oksana Tsimbalova, Advanced Community Rowing Association

Collegiate Coach of the Year- Paul Savell, Drexel University

Masters Coach of the Year- Anna Cherednikova, Maritime Rowing Club

Collegiate Athlete of the Year- Austin Treubert, United States Naval Academy

Junior Athlete of the Year- Kaitlyn Kynast, Connecticut Boat Club

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting the 2017 Golden Oars including our Gold Level Sponsors: John Chatzky, The Jordan Company, and One Equity Partners.  Bronze Level Sponsors include Michael Brown, Cambridge Semantics, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Row2k, William H. Walton, III; Rowing Fan level sponsors include All Counsel, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Hiltzik Strategies, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and Paul and Carrie Teti. For more information on the event, please click here.

Media interested in attending a pre-event media reception, please contact Allison Mueller at

There will be limited photos available for use post event. For photo use, contact Dan Brauchli at

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