Nova Southeastern Reinstates Women’s Rowing Program

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University today announced the reinstatement of the women’s rowing program, following a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to welcome women’s rowing back as the 17th NCAA Division II sponsored sport for NSU Athletics,” said Michael Mominey, NSU Director of Athletics / Associate Vice President for Advancement. The NSU women’s rowing program has been one of the most successful sports in our history and we look forward to them continuing to succeed on the water and in the classroom.”

A national search will commence immediately for a head coach to lead the NSU women’s rowing program in preparation for competition in the 2023-24 academic year.

“I am very happy that we are reinstating our women’s rowing team this year – we all understand how important a role sports play in a well-rounded college experience,” said Dr. George Hanbury, NSU’s President and CEO. “Our program was very successful, but the pandemic forced us to take that drastic action. Now that we’re back, I am fully confident our student-athletes will once again rise to the highest levels of competition.”

In its first year after being added as a sport by Nova Southeastern in 2003-04, the varsity-8 crew saw immediate success in the programs first year by earning a trip to the NCAA Rowing Championships and victory in the petite final over Sunshine State Conference rival Barry University.

In 2009, the NSU women’s rowing varsity-4 boat won the first individual NCAA Division II Championship for Nova Southeastern, marking the first time the Sharks had won an event at the NCAA Division II Championships. NSU women’s rowing then captured the 2013 NCAA DII Rowing National Championship, winning both the varsity-8 and varsity-4 grand finals.

Former and first Sharks head rowing coach John Gartin and five former rowers have been selected to the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

“We have been diligently working in partnership with Mike Mominey and the athletic department over the past two years to ensure that rowing has a permanent home at NSU”, said NSU Athletic Hall of Fame rower Nicki Felucca – Brugler. “I can confidently say that my time as a rower on campus has gifted me the tenacity and conviction I bring to everyday life. Our goal with the NSU Rowing Foundation is to provide these priceless opportunities to women that are yet to come and create a support network for our committed alumni base. I am beyond thrilled we are continuing this legacy.”

The NSU women’s rowing program has captured six Sunshine State Conference titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014) appeared in 12 NCAA Division II Championships, and individually, has boasted 18 All-Americans and 65 Scholar All-Americans.

The women’s rowing program was paused indefinitely prior to the 2020-21 academic year and Global Pandemic. The University and NSU Department of Athletics honored the athletic scholarships for all women’s rowing student-athletes through the completion of their undergraduate degree during the pause.

Sharks’ alumni rowers have remained active in the community by establishing the NSU Rowing Foundation. For the past seven years, they have sponsored the “Every Meter Matters, Row for a Cure” fundraiser to support Curing Kids Cancer.

“I am excited for our alumni, our program and our university, in bringing back this great sport with a rich tradition of history and success,” stated Mominey.

NSU Athletics is celebrating its 40th Anniversary throughout the 2022-23 school year. NSU athletic teams have won eight team NCAA National Championships and have produced 27 individual NCAA National Champions. Since joining the Sunshine State Conference in 2004-05, the athletic program has earned 37 SSC titles.

To stay informed on all the latest news about the Nova Southeastern Sharks, follow the main accounts on Twitter and Instagram at @NSUSharks and on Facebook at Nova Southeastern Athletics.

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Two Rowers Earn CRCA Scholar Athlete Distinction

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern rowing team had two student-athletes in Ava Carollo and Emily Stewart receive Scholar Athlete Award honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
With the award requirements modified slightly for the 2020 season, student-athletes must be in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility, must be ranked performance-wise in the top 50 percent of their team, or in the “NCAA Squad” (whichever is smaller) at the conclusion of the 2020 season, and must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA or higher for their career.
With Stewart a junior Exercise and Sport Science major and Carollo a sophomore Finance major, both are first-time honorees for the CRCA award. As a team, the Sharks finished the challenging winter semester with a 3.41 GPA.
“We are incredibly proud of the students on our team that manage to hold above a 3.5 GPA while also representing Nova Southeastern at a high level athletically,” head coach Devin Fay said. “These two are committed to the success of our team in all areas.”
For a complete list of CRCA National Scholar-Athletes, please click HERE.
Be sure to follow @NSU_Rowing on Twitter or visit for updates and results. To keep in touch with the team be sure to follow nsu_rowing on Instagram and @NSURowing on Facebook.

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Sharks Rowing Battle Panthers in Final Spring Scrimmage

FELLSMERE, Fla. – On a pleasant Spring afternoon at the Indian River Rowing Club on Canal 54, the Nova Southeastern women’s rowing team concluded their final friendly competition of the 2020 season against Florida Tech, before the two squads meet in two weeks time for the SSC Double Duals. 
LOCATION: Canal 54 | Fellsmere,, Fla.
HOST: Florida Tech
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Sunny and beautiful with temperatures in the low 70’s, light 10 mph winds, and a flat water surface.
Raced in 4×1500 meter pieces and the last piece was 1x1000m with stroke rates between 24-30 per minute, escalating through pieces.


Varsity 8:

Varsity 4:

  • Miranda Sadlow (coxswain), led Angie Hansel, Savanna Duda, Victoria Kelley and Emily Jawor in the V4’s.
  • With three walk-ons manning the boat, the Sharks got to see where it can make improvements in comparison to an experienced FIT crew.


  • “When you go against a really strong team like FIT, it is going to be tough to stay with them, said head coach Devin Fay. I thought both boats displayed some toughness as we fought hard and gave great effort.  Today, the results were just a byproduct of being out powered.”
  • “It will be interesting to see as we come together over this Spring Break and we get more of our upperclassmen back in the mix, if we can see some pretty big gains in speed because we are going to need it if we want to compete for the top spots in the SSC.”
  • “I am really looking forward to training at the boathouse on the beautiful Hollywood Intracoastal and pushing our squad to get the most out of their athletic abilities and try to gain a lot of speed over the break.”

NSU will continue their non-competitive training schedule over the next couple of weeks before opening up against the Sunshine State Conference in the Double Duals on Mar. 14. 

Be sure to follow @NSU_Rowing on Twitter or visit for updates and results. To keep in touch with the team be sure to follow nsu_rowing on Instagram and @NSURowing on Facebook.


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Solid Outing for NSU in Spring Season Tune-up with Barry

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. On one of the most unpleasant mornings of the calendar year thus far, the NSU women’s rowing team battled the adverse weather conditions in an early season competitive scrimmage against Barry Saturday morning at Holland Park.
LOCATION: Holland Park | Hollywood, Fla.
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Rainy and windy, with a slight chop in the water. 
Each boat had a floating start, racing in 5×1600 meter pieces, with stroke ratings in the 28-32 range

Varsity 8:

Varsity 4:

  • Just like the V8 boat, the V4 squad the Sharks deployed had an extremely solid outing, especially given the fact three walk-ons were manning the boat. 
  • The combination of Emily Morton, Emily Jawor, Savanna Duda, Victoria Kelley and Ariel McAffrey got the better of Barry for most of the morning pieces.


  • “I am fired up about the results this morning, said head coach Devin Fay. In the eights, Katerina and Perrine in the stroke pair gave us a great push, as well as Ava in the cox seat, really starting our spring season off on a good note.”
  • “Kudos to Gabrielle for stepping into the boat last minute and not missing a step. It was great to see the next woman up mentality the team showed in that boat, and with a better initial rhythm and increased focus on being more in unison, there is a great potential for us going forward.”
  • “The fours had such a solid outing, to have the leadership of Ariel leading the way as a senior stroking the boat was great to see as they had quality rows all morning, competing very well.”

The early friendly gave the Sharks some good momentum coming out of the weekend and the Senior Day celebration capped off the morning of racing as nine Sharks were recognizing in their final campaign as a Shark.

  1. Samantha Burgess / Bradenton, FLA.
  2. Jessica Cavalier / Kearny, N.J.
  3. Ariel McAffrey / Oklahoma City, OKLA.
  4. Gabrielle Orr / White Plains, N.Y.
  5. Miranda Sadlow / Windsor, MASS.
  6. Barbara Sansur / Caracas, VENEZUELA
  7. Mikayla Shelton / Bend, OREGON
  8. Mikayla Switzer / Orlando, FLA.
  9. Ayelen Vegas / San Carlos De Bariloche, ARGENTINA

NSU will travel up to Melbourne, Fla., for their final scrimmage of the 2020 season, competing against former SSC Champions, Florida Tech on Saturday Feb. 29. 

Be sure to follow @NSU_Rowing on Twitter or visit for updates and results. To keep in touch with the team be sure to follow nsu_rowing on Instagram and @NSURowing on Facebook.

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Sharks Ready to Kick-Start Spring with Home Opening Race

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Spring season has finally arrived and the Nova Southeastern women’s rowing team is eager to experience some friendly competition prior to the start of the competitive portion of their schedule. The Sharks will open up the 2020 campaign tomorrow morning at 7:45 a.m. on the friendly confines of the Hollywood Intracoastal for their lone home race this season, also serving as the Senior Day to nine NSU seniors. 

The Barry Buccaneers will travel north to the Sharks’ home course Saturday morning, as both teams get an early test of where they stand as a unit in comparison to someone other than their own teammates. For the Sharks, a few of their top athletes will be absent for the opening weekend because of injury, serving as a great opportunity for some underclass rowers to get in the mix and for some, make their first career start on the waters for NSU. The opening race will feature just three upperclassmen and three sophomores, as well as four freshmen and three walk-ons making their Sharks debut. 

“We are really looking forward to our first external test of the Spring, said head coach Devin Fay. Barry is a very fast crew, and they demonstrated that in the fall but were excited to get out and race on our home course, while hopefully getting some good fan support. At the same time, it’s early in the season and we are trying to stay focused on our goals coming out of this weekend.”

This marks one of two opening scrimmages for the Sharks before they really get into the swing of things in the middle of March. Tomorrow’s race will be a good preview of one of the top opponents in the SSC and allow NSU to compete with raised stakes. 

“The objective is to try and to set the tone for the season, especially on how we approach race day, added Fay. These scrimmages will help get their feet wet on the expectations on how to prepare and execute as a Shark,” added Fay.

Following the scrimmage with Barry, NSU will travel up to Melbourne, Fla., on Feb. 29 to compete in a friendly race against defending SSC Champions, Florida Tech. To view the full 2020 schedule CLICK HERE

Be sure to follow @NSU_Rowing on Twitter or visit for updates and results. To keep in touch with the team be sure to follow nsu_rowing on Instagram and @NSURowing on Facebook.


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Sharks Rowing Take Part in Fifth Annual Every Meter Matters Fundraiser

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla Last Wednesday at the University Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University, the NSU rowing team held their fifth annual Every Meter Matters Fundraiser to support pediatric cancer research.

The team set up rowing machines and challenged their friends, as well as other students, to short, high intensity pieces. The goal was to track the total number of meters completed and ask for donations to pediatric cancer research through curing kids cancer.

“It was a really successful event and it’s a great way to give back to the community a bit, said head coach Devin Fay. It also gives people a chance to learn how to row and do it for a good cause.”

“We love throwing this event to help those children in need find a cure but also how we love that our team gets to interact with the public more, added junior Kassie Moss. It shows all the dedication and hard work we put into our sport on the daily, educates the public on rowing and also gives them an opportunity to give back, while having fun racing their friends.” 

“The whole event of coming together like that creates such a happy and exciting environment and it’s really nice to experience that bond with our teammates outside of practice,” concluded senior Samantha Burgess.

The Sharks raised just over $1,600 and are currently still accepting donations in hopes of reaching their $2,500 goal! Please visit the following link to learn more about the cause or make a donation!



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Sharks Alumni Weekend Continues to Gain Momentum

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Shark pride was in full effect this past weekend as several NSU rowing alumni made the trip into town Saturday afternoon to reconnect, as well as share some insight on their experiences with current student-athletes. 

After briefly mingling in an informal setting, a three panel discussion moderated by university staff and faculty gave way to alumni’s Taylor Smith, Nicki Brugler, Heather Pinero and Lauren DeCicco to speak about their time as a student-athlete at NSU. The crowd of NSU rowers listened closely to the alumni speak about their careers post-graduation and what they took away from their time as a Shark that helped them prepare for the professional world. Following the presentations, both the alumni and current student-athletes got the chance to discuss past stories and create a friendship based off of their common experiences. “Our current squad of athletes are always excited to learn more about the alumni and how their memories differ from their own,” said head coach Devin Fay

Later that night, the alumni went to dinner with the coaching staff to reconnect and prepare for Sunday’s friendly race. On a beautiful and sunny morning around 9AM, NSU lined-up an upper class boat (with sophomores, juniors & seniors) and a freshman boat to feature against eight alumni in three short, high-intensity pieces. For the Sharks, it was their first opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition out on the intercostal waters.

“All in all, it was a special weekend for NSU rowing and we really appreciate the alum coming back to share their experiences, added Fay. The passion, care and pride is really growing within our team and the alumni base and its really is great to see.”

List of alumni in attendance:

Maydelissa Pinell ’19
Remi McClellan ’15
Claire Kurlychek ’12
Heather (Higbee) Pinero ’12
Heather (Clayton) Winterbottom ’12
Emma Jordan ’12
Jessica Sutter ’12
Taylor (Liput) Smith ’07
Nicki (Felluca) Brugler ’07
Lauren (Thomas) DeCicco ’06

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