Month: December 2011

New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Local Students Receive Recognition

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High School Scholar/Athlete Teams Named by New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Local Students Receive Recognition

(Niskayuna, NY) – The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association recently announced the high school rowing teams and clubs recognized as fall 2011 NYSSRA Scholar/Athlete Teams. Local students were among those honored.

Brighton Rowing Club’s Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ teams, led by head coach William Greene, have earned Scholar/Athlete Team status. Their rowers attend Brighton High School, Webster Thomas High School, Allendale Columbia High School, Rochester City Schools School of the Arts and Our Lady of Mercy High School.

The Brighton Rowing Club (BRC) members that were selected as recipients of the Fall 2011 NYSSRA Scholar/Athlete Team Award are BRC Girl’s Varsity team members Rebecca Block, Zoe Bower, Aleta Brown, Isabel Calkins (coxswain), Michaele Cutt, Bridget Holvey, Rachel Miga, Maeve Nelson, and Claire Siegrist. The BRC Boys Varsity team members are Alexander Ascher, Benjamin Costanza, Rigel Goheen, Eli Lawrence, Nicholas Pegoli, Emma Mae Pollock (coxswain), Chase Quatela, John Roman, and Michael Wojcik.

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association’s (NYSSRA) Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program was created to acknowledge the academic achievements of New York State’s scholastic rowers. Implemented in 2009 and awarded at the end of each spring and fall season, the program recognizes nominated varsity high school teams and clubs who meet certain criteria, including a team grade point average of 90.000% or above during the current competitive season.

“There is good news to share about New York’s young people: the state’s scholastic rowers continue to show their ability to achieve scholastic success even while training for and competing in this demanding sport,” said NYSSRA president Chris Chase. “The NYSSRA is pleased to recognize this season’s Scholar/Athlete teams.”


The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association is the governing body of scholastic rowing in New York State and coordinates competition between almost 90 rowing programs statewide. The mission of the NYSSRA is to aid, encourage, foster, support, and promote the development and growth of rowing as a scholastic sport in New York State.

About Brighton Rowing Club

Brighton Rowing Club (BRC) was founded in 1998. Participants are recruited from the Town of Brighton and surrounding communities without rowing programs of their own. No prior experience is necessary. We provide instructional and competitive rowing programs at the middle school and high school levels with a focus on both sweep rowing and sculling.

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Prospective Rowers Information

Dear Prospective Rowers and Families,

Thank you for your interest in Brighton Crew. We are looking forward to an exciting 2012 Spring season and would love to have you join us!  Enclosed is an information packet to guide you through the registration process.  This letter covers a few general points about our spring season.

  • How do I learn more about the programs and organization? Visit, or contact me Irene Allen,  (585)423-3736
  • Who do I contact for registration questions? Carolyn Bower is our Registrar and will be managing the online and paper registration/payment process. Checks and paper work should be mailed directly to Carolyn at: BRC Registrar, c/o Carolyn Bower, 30 Dunbarton Drive, Rochester, NY 14618.  If you have questions, feel free to contact her at, or (585) 473-0924
  • Online Registration. US Rowing (the organization that governs youth rowing in the US) requires that participants register in the RegattaCentral website.  We have made a simple interface to this directly from Brightoncrew.orgCLICK HERE  The information you provide online will be used to automatically create Brighton Crew e-mailing lists, rosters, and will provide us with your emergency contact information. So, please ensure your information is correct and up to date.
  • Paper forms. The packet includes paper forms required.   If any of these seem redundant with the online information we apologize – our insurance requires both. CLICK HERE
  • Indoor practice is at the Brighton Recreation Center (Brookside). A shuttle will be provided by Brighton Schools to take BHS/TCMS students to the recreation center. We will provide details as they become available.  Non-Brighton students must be dropped off at Brighton Recreation Center. All rowers need to be picked up at Brighton Recreation Center after practice.
  • On water practice is at the new Genesee Rowing Club boathouse, in Genesee Valley Park. Construction is finishing up in 2011, and directions for drop-off and pick-up will come out in Spring 2012
  • How do I find out what is happening throughout the season? As we have done with our Fall 2011 season, the main source of information will be our website,, and periodic email newsletters.  Check there for the most up to date calendar and announcements.  Email addresses will be gathered via Regatta Central. Therefore, please make sure you have your contact information up-to-date electronically.

Please know you can contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.

 Irene Allen, Program Director (acting)  (585)423-3736
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BRC December News – Preparing for Winter Conditioning and Spring 2012

First, we would like to thank the Costanza’s for having us to their beautiful home in Naples for our end of season party. The weather was comfortable, the food was delicious and the company was exceptional.  We also want to thank the parents who volunteered their time and food to make this event possible.

Next, we hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we hope your holiday celebrations in December bring you much joy and happiness. As we look forward to the New Year, we wanted to give you information you may find important to the start of BRCs Spring Season and what is happening on our website,

  1. Registration
  2. Prospective New Rowers
  3. Free Spring Dues Raffle
  4. Dates to Remember
  5. Communications and Volunteer Opportunities
  6. Adding Pictures to the Website
  7. BRC Fangear

1. Registration: By now, your rower brought home a Registration Packet from our end of season party or you received a packet in the mail.  If not, please let us know and we will mail you a packet.  This packet includes the printed forms that need to be completed, as well as, where to find the online component.  A complete list of what is needed can be found on our website (     Please know all components must be completed before any rower will be allowed on the water this year.

Carolyn Bower is our Registrar and will be managing the online and paper registration/payment process. Checks and paper work should be mailed directly to Carolyn at: BRC Registrar, c/o Carolyn Bower, 30 Dunbarton Drive, Rochester, NY 14618.  You may reach Carolyn at, or (585) 473-0924.

2. Prospective New Rowers? Know someone who may be interested in rowing in the Spring?  Please make sure to give us his/her name and address and we will drop an Informational Packet in the mail to them.

3. Want FREE DUES this Spring?  Make sure to take part in our Spring Raffle.  One lucky rower will receive free dues.  For a donation of $25, you will receive one ticket; or 3 tickets for a $50 donation.  Winners will be drawn at the Parent Information Meeting in March.  Tickets can be purchased from now until the drawing.  Contact Rhonda Miga to make your donation and receive your tax deductible receipt.

4. Dates to Remember:From the Parent Info Meeting in March to the Spring Regatta Travel dates, you will find all important dates on the website. Please make sure to visit the website to transfer this information into your personal calendars.

Use the following URL to import our calendar directly into your personal calendar: or click the CALENDAR tab on our website to obtain this information.

5. Communication and Volunteer Opportunities: The BRC website will be our primary means of communication.  When you have a question, most likely the answer can be found on our website.  If you are having difficulty finding something, please let us know and we will work to improve that area… but let us know if you are having difficulty – because if we don’t know, we will assume it is working.

You can always find The Latest News at the top of the website page when you sign into

We will use listgroups for specific communication that may not need to be shared with everyone. Your email address will be added to one of the following listgroups. Therefore, please make sure your email contact information is correct in your profile at Regatta Central.


Volunteers:  Stephanie has updated the information found on our Volunteer pages of the website.  If you are interested in serving on a committee or the board of directors, please check out the information posted on the website or contact Stephanie with any questions you may have.

6. Pictures: During the month of December and January, Rhonda will be adding pictures from Fall 2011 and seasons past.  If you have pictures you would like to see added to the website, please send them to   It would also be helpful if you can share info about the picture 1)where/when was it taken and 2) who is in the picture. If you don’t know,  not a problem. We just want to identify as many people and locations as we can before it is forgotten.

7. BRC Fangear:  We are aware that the BRC Fangear page is difficult to get around. This page is managed by the vendor, EmbroidMe. We are unable to edit anything on their page.  We were promised the pictures would show our colors and logos. Unfortunately, this has not happened. We continue to work to make this happen. In the meantime, if you are trying to find something or place an order and are having difficulty, please let us know.

Direct Links to Fangear pages:




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