Month: October 2012

BRC News: Week of October 29, 2012

First, let me thank everyone who provided food for Philadelphia. THANK YOU! We had so many veggies, humus, chili and breads that we have put some aside for our last regatta of the season – Pull the Plug in Pittsford. Thank you again for making this so easy for us.

It was exciting to see so many supporters at our team tent today. The weather held and everyone stayed dried – on and off the water.  Even though we did not bring home any metals during this regatta, the coaches were extremely pleased with the results. Please check with your rower on their individual results.

Onto this weeks events… Peace and Kindness, Rhonda

  1. Practice and Land Parents
  2. Modified Rowers Last Day of Practice
  3. Pull the Plug
  4. End of Season Party
  5. BRC Volunteer Opportunities

1.  Practice is a typical week (unless Hurricane Sarah brings us high winds as predicted. Please watch your email for updates.)

Novice/Varsity 3:45 to 5:45 pm Monday – Friday and Modified 4:00 – 5:30 pm Monday and Wednesday

Land Parents

  • Monday, October 29 –  Surendar Jeyadev (585) 271-3978
  • Tuesday, October 30 – Carolyn Bower (C) (585)729-7037
  • Wednesday, October 31 – Surendar Jeyadev (585) 271-3978
  • Thursday, November 1 – Mary Criddle  (C)(585)301-8081
  • Friday, November 2 – Open at this time

2. Modified Rowers…We welcome Modified Parents and Rowers for Apple Cider and Donuts on your last day of practice, Wednesday, October 31.  Rowers will be doing a demonstration row in Halloween Costume. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Siegrist  at

NOTE: Wednesday’s practice may be cancelled due to Hurricane Sarah. If this happens, modified rowers’ last day of practice will be Friday, November 2. 

3. Pull the Plug Regatta – November 4, 2012:  Pull the Plug is our last Regatta of the Season. Details for this regatta can be found on our website: Coaches will give exact arrival times directly to rowers this week.  Coaches have final say on arrival times.

4. End of Season Party – Our end of season party will be Sunday, November 11. Time: To Be Determined.  We most likely will have a pot luck due to the amount of food we have Please watch for details on this event later this week.

5. BRC Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal Parties/Correspondence Part of Hospitality Team. Organize logistics for Fall and Spring team parties.  Organize coaches’ gifts and thank-you notes for end of season.  Work with Communications.  (Active Sept, Nov, May)

Regatta Coordinator:  Part of Regatta Planning Team. Work with Head Coach and register team for Spring/Fall regattas. Tasks include making regatta entry payments and submitting paperwork to Regatta organizers, provide parents/team with information on upcoming regattas (re: parking, tent site, hospitality.) and oversee travel by work with Program Director, Coaches, Communications (Active Aug-October, March-May).

Student Reporter(s):  Part of Communications Team. Write and submit articles to schools’ Morning Shows and media. Contribute photos, race results and other content to BRC Facebook page. Ensure BRC coverage in rowers’ yearbooks. (Active throughout school year)



Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Practice Updates, Regatta Updates, Volunteer Opportunities, Weekly Updates

October 27-28, Head of the Schuylkill (Philly)

Date: October 27-28, 2012 (High School racing is Sunday, 10/28)

Participants: Novice and Varsity

Location: Philadelphia, PA, Fairmount Park – Kelly Drive

Time: See travel plans, below.  Depart Saturday 12N from BHS parking lot, return late Sunday.  The boat trailer will be loaded on Friday at practice, and unloaded Monday at practice. BRC race times, Click Here.

Sponsor’s Website:

Volunteer Needs:  Chaperones and hospitality tent.  Even if you can’t attend this regatta in person, you can prepare food for the trip. Please visit the Sign Up Genius.  Foods should be brought to Joi Freeman’s home.  You can drop off food anytime on Thursday or Friday. Please plan to have your food items to Joi’s home no later than 5:00pm on Friday this will allow her the time needed to organize coolers for travel.

95 Schilling, Brighton 14618
Questions: Home 244-1195 (evening) or Work 241-1338 (day)

Driving Directions:, local maps/traffic flow

Transportation:  Team, coaches and chaperones travel via motor coach.  Meet at Brighton High School 12N on Saturday, traveling directly to the hotel.  Buses will bring team to the regatta site early Sunday AM.  Returning to BHS late Sunday evening.

Families are welcome to drive on their own to enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia.  Let us know on the SignUp Genius if you’ll be joining us.

Accommodations:  All travel arrangements for rowers (bus and hotel) are made by the club.   Families can make their own arrangements to stay at the same hotel: Spring Hill Suites, 430 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Request the Brighton Rowing Club rate from Central Reservations: (800) 287-9400.

Regatta Fee: $160.  Checks payable to Brighton Rowing Club.

Payment Deadline: Wednesday, October 24 by 7 PM.  Please drop off payments (in an envelope, listing your athlete’s name) to Larry Rabinowitz, 65 Brandywine Lane (off of Lac de Ville) in Brighton.  Envelopes can be placed in the box on the covered front porch.

Packing list: Personal clothing and gear, unis, tech shirts and water bottles.  Check the forecast.  Be prepared for sun and rain (or snow!), and make sure to bring rain-gear, jacket, and an extra change of dry clothing stored in a plastic bag. 

Food and spending money:  The hotel serves a free hot breakfast, and we will have a hospitality tent at this regatta serving a hot lunch on Sunday.  Eat lunch before leaving BHS on Saturday, and budget spending money for dinner on Saturday and Sunday, plus regatta souvenirs.  

Return:  Sunday PM.  We hope to be on the road by mid-afternoon, and will stop for dinner en route.  We will have the kids call with an estimated time of arrival once we have departed.



Additional Regatta Info: All athletes on participating teams are expected to be available for all regattas. Regatta non-availability must be negotiated with coaches a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the regatta, as it affects seat assignments for other rowers.  Note that athletes attending regattas need to be present for the entire regatta in order to assist with docking, rigging, loading, and to cheer for their team mates.  It is not acceptable to just show up for your own races or leave before ALL boats are trailered.  Please plan accordingly.

Parents are encouraged to attend, cheer, and volunteer, and are welcome to eat at the BRC tent –  just ensure the athletes get to eat first. Please check the volunteer sign up links, there are many ways to help even if you cannot attend.

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Regatta Updates

BRC News: Week of October 22, 2012

  1. Land Parents
  2. Head of the Schuylkill – Sign Up Genius
  3. October 31 – Modified Last Day and Halloween Row
  4. End of Season Party
  5. Spring Raffle
  6. Volunteer Opportunities

1. Land Parents:

  • Tuesday, October 23: Matt Goheen (C) (585) 703-9996
  • Wednesday, October 24: Andrea Costanza (C) (585) 764-3850
  • Thursday, October 25: Cheryl Coughlin (C) (585) 208-4567
  • Friday, October 26: Linda Bayer (C) (585) 576-5308

Water Jug Volunteers – Matt Goheen and Cheryl Coughlin- Thank you for making sure the kids have water. Others may say we spoil them but the water keeps

2. Food for Philly Regatta. MUST HAVE by FRIDAY at Practice.

Dear Parents, We need to collect ALL food items Friday at the boathouse because it takes time to organize the coolers for travel.  We would not have time to get everything together if we waited until Saturday when the buses are loading.  The coolers with ice will be at the boathouse. Please plan to bring your food item while your rower is helping pack the trailer for travel.  If you are unable to bring your food item to the boathouse, please contact Joi Freeman 244-1195 to make arrangements to bring to her Friday evening.

We also need a volunteer to help pack coolers Friday evening and transport the coolers to the buses on Saturday. If you are able to help, please give Joi a call. 244-1195 or email:

To sign up for needed items here:

By now, you should have received Laura’s email outlining travel details. If not, please let me know.

3. Modified Rowers – Last Day and Halloween Demonstration Row, 4pm at the boathouse.

We would like to invite all modified rower’s parents and friends to the boathouse on Wednesday, October 31, 4:00pm, for hot apple cider and donuts. Rowers will be showing off their skills learned this season with a demonstration row.  Rowers may wear Halloween costumes but “safety first” –  bulky costumes or masks that will interfere with your sight will not be allowed on the boat while rowing. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Siegrist (585)329-3308.

4. End of Season Party  We are preparing for our end of season party. I had a parent earlier in the season tell me they would be happy to host this event – however, I can’t recall which one of you amazing parents said you would do that.  Please email so we can talk more.  (and if anyone else who did not tell me they wanted to host this event would like to host this event, please email too – just in case I don’t hear from the original parent. – smile!)

5. 2nd Annual Spring Raffle  Please watch for upcoming information on our Spring Raffle.  For each $25 donation you will receive a ticket to go into a drawing for FREE Spring Tuition (up to $595 value). A $50 donation gets you 3 tickets. Our winner last season was Eli Lawrence.  New this season 2nd and 3rd prize drawings – stay tuned to find out what those prizes will be.

Donations will be accepted at our End of year party and throughout the winter training season. Winners will be drawn at our Parent Kick Off Meeting in the Spring.

6. Volunteer Opportunities. We continue to highlight a volunteer opportunity that may interest you… Link to Volunteer SignUp Genius: Questions? Please contact Stephanie Siegrist @

  • Uniform Coordinator:  Part of Registration Team. Ensure rowers have ordered proper uniform in time for regattas; inform them about style, source, price, ordering process. Handle used uniform donations.
  • Work with Registrar, Communications, Marketing (Active Aug-Sept, March) Oversees programming, schedule, coaching needs.
  • Marketing Team:  Promote BRC’s rowing programs to prospective and current members thru contacts, media and events. (Active Jan-Feb, May-June, August)
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Part of Marketing Team.  Recruit sponsors, tap opportunities to build BRC’s capital fund.

Thank you for all you do! Have an amazing week.

Peace and Kindness, Rhonda



Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Practice Updates, Regatta Updates, Volunteer Opportunities, Weekly Updates

Brighton Scullers and Rowers Excel at Head of the Genesee Regatta

The Brighton Rowing Club was a co-host for the 24th annual Head of the Genesee Rowing Regatta on October 6th and 7th of the past weekend.  The high schoolers rowed  on a chilly, soggy Sunday in 25 events for over 700 rowers from Canada, and Pennsylvania, as well as from the Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester areas.

Varsity scullers on both the girls’ and boys’ sides went to the top of the podium in four events, as they took firsts in the girls’ double, boys’ quad,  boys’ singles, and in  a mixed quad of boys and girls. The Brighton girls’ double of juniors Claire Siegrist and Rebecca Block rowed splendidly over the 4800-meter course to take first in the girls’ pairs sculling race in a time of 23: 49.8. The ladies are excited as they prepare for the same double at the venerable Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in two weeks.

Likewise, the Brighton boys’ quad squad also snatched gold medals in the high school boys’ sculling race for foursomes. BHS junior Ben Costanza stroked the team, and Allendale senior Chase Quatela steered the boys along the winding Genesee and the autumnal foliage to a first place with the help of BHS sophomores, Cal Goheen, and Pablo Stein, in a scintillating time of 19:42.8.

Siegrist and Block teamed up with their male counterparts, Costanza and Quatela, to win the mixed quad sculling event at the end of the day in a driving rain with a time of 21:40.8. Stein had earlier won the boys’ single sculls event.

The girls’ lightweight foursome won a silver medal, finishing less than one minute behind a team from Nardin School of Buffalo. Laura Castelein was coxswain, and junior Claire Belanger was stroke ahead of juniors Bridget Shannon and Nori Rinaldo, and senior Anna DeVitto as they finished in 22:25.1.

The varsity eight girls were disappointed by their ninth place finish, because they received a 60-second penalty for infringement.  With their raw time of 21:17.9, however, they would have finished only six seconds out of third place of the 11 teams.  The team was led by Emma Garth at stroke, and Rachel Miga, Emily George, Aleta Brown, and Hannah Rabinowitz combined with Shannon, Belanger, and Devitto, while Jenny Son was coxswain.

First-year head coach Chris Hamilton was sanguine in spite of their placing, because he saw dramatic improvement from their performance in the Liftbridge Regatta two weeks earlier as they also prepare for the world-class Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Lisa Saladino coaches the novice girls and boys teams and they are thriving under her tutelage with  novice teams earning medals in three of their four events.  Her novice girls’ eight finished second among nine teams in a brisk time of 22:54.6.  Aedin Antonienko was the stroke for the octet which included Vidya Jeyadev, Elena Bernstein, Frannie Parker-Hale, Caroline Dugan, Zoe Premyslovsky, Celia Garth, and Alana Silber with Jahfari Skyers as the coxswain.

The novice boys’ four took second place with freshman Liam Williams as stroke followed by Ryan Moorthi, Ishir Seth, and Eric Fraese, with Robert Criddle was coxswain. Later in the day Vishal Mande, Cameron McKinzie, Jesse Barnes, and Quinn Coughlin joined Criddle, Moorthi, Fraese, and Williams as the stroke in a shell that finished eighth, but within two minutes of second place. Skyers was the coxswain.

The Novice girls’ foursome A Boat swept to a third place medal in their division with Caroline Dugan as the coxswain and Evie Brooks as stroke. Kerry Lubman, Celia Garth, and Clare Willette provided the rest of the juice. The second foursome finished in fifth place with Aedin Antonienko as stroke followed by Zoe Premyslovsky, Elena  Bernstein, and Sabrina Smith. The girls were thrilled to have junior standout Eli Lawrence as their coxswain.

Coach Hamilton was thrilled with the performances of the novices as it portends great things to come for BRC.  Moreover, in the more immediate future, he is eager to see how his girls’ teams and a boys’ pair perform in Boston next week.

written by Tim Lawrence, BRC Sportswriter and Parent

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Published News Articles, Regatta Updates

News from the Board October 10, 2012

Changes to the BRC Board Membership
MaryLou and Michael Pollock have retired from the Board of Directors– we thank them for their dedicated service.  Mike Silber and Larry Rabinowitz have been voted on to the Board.  Current Board members and their roles are
o   Irene Allen – Secretary of the Board,  Program Director
o   Laura Civiletti – Facilities Director, Regatta Director
o   Tim Giarusso – Strategy Director, Spokesperson, Community Liason
o   Will Greene – Director at Large
o   Larry Rabinowitz – Treasurer
o   Stephanie Siegrist – Marketing Director, Volunteer Coordinator
o   Michael Silber – Finance Director
If you are interested in learning more about the Board, or attending a meeting as a guest, please contact

NYSSRA Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program & Varsity Athletic Letters
Bob Block has stepped up to drive this for BRC.   He will manage BRC’s application for the Fall 2012 NY State Scholastic Rowing Association awards honoring athletes that have a combined team GPA of 90% or higher.  Bob will be contacting parents and schools for any permissions required to submit GPA data to NYSSRA.  At a later date, Bob will be working with the various school districts to obtain Varsity Athletic Letters for our varsity athletes.

Coach Development
BRC is sending all 4 coaches to The Joy of Sculling, in Saratoga NY, Dec 6-9. Estimated cost $300 per coach.  This clinic covers a range of topics that will enhance our coaching of Modified, HighSchool, and LearnToRow programs.

Equipment Refresh
We have yet to learn the final amount earned by BRC volunteers and BRC’s Wegman’s Corporate Challenge Boat at the Head of the Genesee, but we know it will be in excess of $2000.  The Board has authorized using ~ $1600 of the proceeds to purchase 4 sets of sculling oars.  This will allow us to have more Quads on the water simultaneously, benefiting both the Modified and High School teams.  Will Greene will be negotiating this purchase with vendors at the Head of the Charles later in October.  With luck, he’ll get a great deal on demo oars!
We have identified some boats and oars that are no longer of use in our programs, and Will Greene is working to find buyers for them.  This will reduce BRC’s rack use fees, and any proceeds will go into our equipment upgrade fund.  The equipment being sold includes some heavier Alden singles that are ideal for lake or ocean use.  If interested, contact, or talk to Will sometime at the boathouse.

Winter/Spring Season
Indoor conditioning starts the 3rd week in January (after Martin Luther King day).  We are working the logistics of how to best accommodate this year’s larger team size.  High School rowers are required to attend.  Those with a conflict (another winter sport, school play, etc) should let their coach know early, in order to be approved for a late start.   Modified rowers are encouraged (but not required) to attend Indoor Conditioning. Coach Nicki is designing appropriate workouts for them.
We are pursuing opportunities to hold some special winter clinics and recruiting events in the indoor rowing tanks (  Stay tuned.  Clinics will be optional, and have a small fee to cover facility rental and extra coaching hours.  Recruiting events will be free, with a format similar to the Try Rowing event on National Learn to Row day last spring, but indoors.

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Board of Directors News

BRC News: Week of October 8, 2012

  1. Thank You Volunteers
  2. Practice Schedule (Note – no Wed practice for Novice)
  3. HOG – College Rowing
  4. “Like” Brighton Rowing Club on Facebook

1. Thank You Volunteers. A special thank you from Joi Freeman to everyone who helped make the BRC tent area a success at the Head of the Genesee Regatta.  Please know how much we appreciate you giving your time. We could not do it without you. (And a special thank you to Joi for keeping our rowers, coaches, and parents well fed.)

We also want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help with the running of the HOG. The weather is not always cooperative during these events and we know it can be hard when wet and cold.  We hope you all have warmed up and dried out.  We appreciate you! We won’t have a total of hours given until after Saturday’s Regatta for the College teams.  We will share with you the total you helped earn for BRC once we have those details.

2. Practice:
Modified (Monday and Wednesday) 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Novice/Varsity (Monday through Friday) 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm

NOTE: No Novice Practice on Wednesday, October 10

Land Parents:
Monday, October 8: Tamara Dinolfo (585) 737-9886
Tuesday, October 9: Don DeVitto (585) 943-8644
Wednesday, October 10: Tess George (585) 330-2010
Thursday, October 11: Edith Lawrence (585) 329-6724
Friday, October 12: Carolyn Bower (585) 729-7037

Water Jug Filler-upper: We did not have anyone sign up to fill up a water cooler this week. Please make sure your rower brings a water bottle (filled) to practice.  (Thank you, Katie Willette for volunteering to fill a jug on Tuesday.)

BRC Coaches Contact Information
Chris Hamilton, Head Coach & Girls Varsity Coach
(585) 727-9703

Chris Cistrone, Boys Varsity
(585) 203-4043

Lisa Saladino, Novice Coach
(616) 834-6756

Nicole (Nicki) Felluca, Modified Coach
(585) 721-5385

3. HOG College Rowing Day.  If you want to see some excellent competitive rowing make sure to stop by Genesee Community Waterway for the HOGs College Regatta on Saturday, October 13. Volunteer opportunities still available. Just stop by the boathouse at 7:30am on Saturday or 12:00 noon and you will be assigned to a job in need.  – Make sure to tell them you are with Brighton Rowing Club so we receive credit for your time.

4. Like Us – on Facebook. Like us on Facebook by clicking “Like” on our webpage.  You can also join our Facebook Group.  This is an informal way to stay connected with BRC.  Members post pictures and rowing updates each week.  Click here to join.

Have an amazing week.

Peace and Kindness, Rhonda Miga

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Weekly Updates