Iona Rowers Compete In Summer Racing Circuit
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Five current and former Gael rowers competed in the summer racing circuit, with all experiencing vary levels of success. Current rowers Edward Gonzalez, Vito Roca, joined by 2015 alum Ryan Harding trained with the Rockland Rowing Association while current coxswain Bianca Mesqueue and 2016 graduate Ryan Dronzek trained with the New York Athletic Club.
Both clubs participated at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, PA and the USRowing Club National Championships in Cincinnati, OH. The highlight of the summer came at Nationals in the final of the Men’s Intermediate Quad in which both clubs raced. Dronzek and the NYAC won the gold medal, while Harding and Roca took bronze with the Rockland crew. “It was pretty special to watch Iona rowers capture two medals in this event," said men's rowing coach John Boyd. "The quad is the same event I won in 2006 and I never thought ten years later I’d be on the other end coaching an Iona rower who would win this event too." Dronzek is now the 25th member of the men’s rowing program to capture a national championship.
Dronzek and the NYAC also travelled to St. Catharine’s, Ontario for the Canadian Henley Regatta. The regatta is known as one of the toughest regattas in the world to compete in. Dronzek's Under-23 boat finished in second place.
Other notable results this summer at Nationals:
Mesqueue finished sixth in both the Men’s Intermediate 4 and Women’s Senior/Elite 4 finals. Roca and Harding reached the semi-finals of the Intermediate Lightweight 2x, while Harding also reached the semi-finals in the Intermediate 2x and Intermediate Lightweight 1x.
“I’m encouraged to see so many Gaels racing over the summer. “, said Boyd. “When I rowed for Iona I was taught that there’s a lot of good rowing beyond Iona that I can learn from and bring back to school the next year to help the team. Hopefully this trend continues.”