Tony Gambescia – Head Coach
Head coach for the Swan Creek youth program. A graduate of Temple University (Class of 1998), where he was a member of the Men’s Crew team. He competed at the varsity level in both lightweight and heavyweight events. Tony has won 16 career gold medals while competing at Temple and has raced across the country. He was captain of the lightweight team and was awarded Lightweight of the Year in 1998. Tony was also a member of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol and competed in both single and doubles rowing events. Tony is an avid Triathlete, competing in sprint to Ironman distances, and enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping.
She is USRowing Level 2 Certified. She rowed throughout university and in her novice year secured a British University’s silver medal in a coxless pair. In her senior year she made the semi-finals in Henley Royal Regatta in a coxless four. She continued rowing on the English Channel off the coast of Brighton, competing in coastal rowing boats for Shoreham RC. She stroked the South Coast Senior Champions coxed four before moving to the US in 2008. After a brief spell of sculling in Manhattan she moved to Chicago, joining the Lincoln Park Boat Club. In 2010 she won a Masters Club National gold and silver medal in two lightweight 4+ categories and a bronze in the open 8+. She was bow seat in the winning Open Club 4+ at the Head of the Charles the same year. She has also been a coxswain throughout her rowing career and most recently coxed a SCRC 4+ at the Head of the Charles. She also ran a Boston Marathon qualifying time at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in 2010. She is a qualified high school English teacher.
Graduated from Fordham University in 2017 where she rowed in their Division one team, practicing six days a week on the Harlem River in Bronx, NY. She competed as a lightweight/heavyweight at major regattas including Dad Vail, San Diego Crew Classic, Atlantic 10 Championships, Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, Princeton Chase, IRAs. She was a member of the top varsity boat sophomore through senior year and was Team Captain from July 2016-May 2017, working as the liaison between the rowers and the coaches.
Maura graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy where she made the school record list for 6k and 2k scores. She was awarded the Leader of Distinction award which is given to student athletes exemplifying exceptional leadership skills.
She now works as a Software Developer in Doylestown.
Olivia graduated from George Washington University in 2020 (BS) and 2022 (MS) majoring in civil and environmental engineering. Olivia was a coxswain on the GW women’s rowing team and practiced 6 days a week on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. She competed in major regattas including Atlantic 10 Championships, Head of the Schuylkill, and Princeton Chase. Olivia coxed the 2022 2V8+, with the crew earning the GW’s first gold at the A10 Championship in 9 years.
Olivia was named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete, GWU Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, and Arthure Ashe Jr Sports Scholar. She was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as a liaison between the student-athlete body and athletics administration.
Olivia is a US rowing Level 2 certified coach. She was a former youth team member at Swan Creek and now rows with the masters. Olivia loves dogs and can probably be found wherever a dog is.