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  • June 04, 2018 9:08 PM | Anonymous

    Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association’s team from Canisius High School competed this past weekend at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) National Championships in St. Catharine's, Ontario, earning two gold and one silver award.

    Sr. Men's 72 kg. 4+: Gold
    Coxswain Owen Wittman, James Oh, Aiden Hart-Nova, Jeffrey Mueller, Zachary Mecca. 

    Sr. Men's 72 kg. 8+: Silver
    Coxswain George Weckerle, Ryan Walter, William Herzog, Nathaniel Sass, Charles Korn, Maxwell Battaglia, Will Porter, Aiden Hart-Nova, James Oh. 

    Jr. Men's 66 kg. 4x: 6th
    Jeffrey Mueller, Barry Colby, Nathaniel Siwiec, Zachary Mecca.

    Jr. Men's 72 kg. 8+: 6th
    Coxswain Colin Lindaker, Nathaniel Siwiec, Joe Scinta, Dylan Sass, Charles Keller, Alec Monohan, Jaiyun Li, Mathew Talty, Owen Wittman.

    Sr. Men's 72 kg. 4+: Gold
    This boat placed third at the U.S. Scholastic Championships which qualified it for the U.S. Youth National Championships at Lake Natoma, CA next weekend.
    Coxswain George Weckerle, Ryan Walter, William Herzog, Charles Korn, Nathaniel Sass

    The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association is located at 405 Ohio St., Buffalo. For more information, please visit rowbuffalo.com.


  • May 29, 2018 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    At the recent Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships, Canisius High School had three boats advance to finals. The Junior Varsity Men's 4+ placed fifth, the Lightweight Men's Varsity 4+ placed third, and the Men's Lightweight Varsity 8+ placed sixth.

    Light 8+: Zachary Porter, Max Battaglia, Alec Adams, James Oh, Kyle Flynn, Alessio Fatta, Jeffrey Mueller, Zach Mecca and Cox: Owen Witmann.

    JV4+: Connor Long, Thomas Feeney, Connor Sullivan, William Ezquerro, and Cox: Sam Sullivan.

    Lightweight V4+: Ryan Walter, Will Herzog, Charlie Korn, Nathaniel Sass and Cox: John Weckerle.

    Buffalo Seminary’s Junior Varisity 4+ of Isabel Finkbeiner, Rae Griffin, Emma Hammel, Anya Casey and Jess Napier had good races but did not make it out of semifinals. 

    Grace Graney and Sabrina Lonas from the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association’s U19 Women’s Team competed under their high school, City Honors, in the girls Junior Varsity Double (2x) placing fourth overall. 

  • May 15, 2018 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) sent several rowers to compete in the New York State High School Championships in Saratoga Springs May 12 and 13. The event was hosted by the Saratoga Rowing Association. BSRA was represented by the BSRA U19 Jr. Women’s Team, Canisius High School and Buffalo Seminary.

    Following are the results for each team:

    Canisius High School

    • Men’s Senior Lightweight Coxed Four — 1st Overall: Ryan Walter, William Herzog, Charles Korn, Nathaniel Sass and George Weckerle (coxswain)

    • Men’s Junior Quad — 2nd Scholastically: Aiden Hart-Nova (stroke), Barry Colby, Myles Wilson and Alex Whitbeck

    • Men’s Junior Lightweight Quad — 3rd Scholastically: James Oh, Zachary Porter, Jeffery Mueller and Zachary Mecca 

    • Men’s Junior Coxed 4 — 1st Overall: Connor Long, Thomas Feeney, Connor Sullivan, William Ezquerro (bow) and Samuel Sullivan (coxswain) 

    • Men’s Senior Lightweight 8 — 3rd Overall: Zachary Porter (stroke), Alec Adams, James Oh, Max Battaglia, Kyle Flynn, Kevin Quinn, Alessio Fatta, Brian Finnerty (bow) and Owen Wittman (coxswain) 

    • Men’s Freshmen 8 — 2nd Scholastically: Nathaniel Siwiec, Dylan Sass, Benjamin Wilkins, Jonah Cross, Joseph Dietrich, Andrew Skakal, Alec Monohan, Matthew Talty and Collin Lyndaker 

    Buffalo Seminary

    • Women’s Junior Coxed 4 — 3rd Scholastically: Rae Griffin, Emma Hammel, Anya Casey, Jess Napier and Isabel Finkbeiner (coxswain)

    BSRA U19 Jr. Women’s Team 

    • Women’s Junior Coxed 4 — 1st Club (3rd Overall): Sabrina Lonas, Grace Graney, Chloe Freedenberg, Olivia Nasternak and Kathryn Bergmann (coxswain)

    • Women’s Novice Coxed 4 — 1st Club (1st Overall): Destiny Severn, Judy Anne Spira, Christina Spira, Morgan Meader and Kerry Sullivan (coxswain)

    • Women’s Junior Double — 1st Scholastically: Grace Graney (stroke), Sabrina Lonas (bow)

    • Women’s Junior Lightweight 2X — 2nd Club: Erin Jackson (stroke), Olivia Nasternak (bow)

    Founded in 2010 and located at 405 Ohio St. in Buffalo, the nonprofit BSRA provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. The organization currently offers high school, adult (masters), Learn to Row and We Can Row programs. 


  • March 04, 2018 11:37 AM | Anonymous


    The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) was well represented at the World Indoor Rowing Championship CRASH B Sprints held on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University.

    Team BSRA Girls rower Olivia Nasternak, a junior at St. Mary's High School in Lancaster, competed in the Under 23 Women's Flyweight (115 lbs. max) event. Nasternak placed second with a time of  7:53.2, which was just 4.7 seconds off of the first place rower, to earn a silver medal. The Team BSRA Girls are coached by Kimberly Lonas. 

    Nathaniel Sass, a junior at Canisius High School and a member of the Crusaders Crew varsity rowing team, competed in the Under 23 Men's Flyweight (140 lbs. max) event. Sass earned a silver medal with a time of 7:09.2, 13.3 seconds off of first place. His coach at Canisius is Thomas Flaherty.

    Founded in 2010 and located at 405 Ohio St. in Buffalo, the nonprofit BSRA provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. The organization currently offers high school, adult (masters), Learn to Row and We Can Row programs. For more information on the BSRA, please visit https://rowbuffalo.com.


  • December 08, 2017 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (Dec. 8, 2017) - The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA), a nonprofit community-based organization founded in 2010, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The grant will be used for the construction and management of the BSRA’s new rowing center under construction at 405 Ohio St. in Buffalo’s Old First Ward on the Buffalo River.

    This significant assist, the largest gift of philanthropic support in the organization’s history, will help BSRA nearly cap off its $2.1 million capital campaign, joining other supporters including Mr. & Mrs. James Wadsworth, The John R. Oishei Foundation, The Seneca Nation, M&T Bank, The Baird Foundation, William Paladino, The Local Ironworkers, and Ellicott Development Company. According to the BSRA, $250,000 is remaining to complete the campaign.

    In addition to construction, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s grant will also provide support for BRSA to hire two additional full-time staff to assist with the management and programming of the boathouse.

    Construction is currently underway on the new boathouse, which will be named the Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse based on the original donation of land from the Paladino family to BSRA. 

    “My family is very grateful for this very generous donation from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation that will provide us the majority of the remaining proceeds necessary to get the building completed by spring 2018,” said William Paladino, CEO of Elliott Development. This donation, along with the donations and support of all our other donors and friends, has made this project a reality at last. Our hope is this facility will have a positive impact on the young minds and schoolchildren it will mainly serve, along with all others using the facility.”

    When completed, the new boathouse on Ohio Street will annually serve youth, adult and disabled athletes from Western New York, as well as members of the community seeking to learn or develop in rowing or water sports and those who simply want to enjoy an access point to the Buffalo River. 

    The new facility will also provide classroom, office and fitness/training space; locker rooms and boat storage; and more opportunities for disabled athletes to participate in adaptive rowing programs. A final phase, after erecting and enclosing the boathouse, is currently underway to build in sidewalks, landscape, walkways, railings, dock installation, ramping and other comfort amenities for guests to the Middle Harbor. 

    “The completion of our new boathouse will allow the BSRA to greatly enhance our program offerings and increase public access to the Buffalo River for athletic reasons,” said BSRA Board President Mark Kostrzewski. “We are truly honored and humbled to be awarded such a significant grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and will do our very best to honor Mr. Wilson’s great legacy by building a facility that will benefit every segment of our society.”

    “This was a great opportunity to join other funders in helping to bring the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association closer to the finish line in completing the new boathouse,” said Jim Boyle, Vice President of Programs and Communications for the Foundation. “We’re not only excited for this project to introduce new water sports and recreation opportunities to more students from the local public schools and the broader community, but also the potential for this center to connect to other recreational paths for walking and hiking around the Middle Harbor and the Buffalo River.”

    The mission of the BSRA is to provide community access to rowing on the Buffalo River through a wide variety of inclusive programs. The organization currently offers Adult (Masters), Learn-to-Row and We Can Row programs throughout the year. BSRA currently serves scholastic members from seven local high schools including South Park, Bishop Timon - St. Jude, Buffalo Seminary, Canisius, Mount Mercy Academy, St. Mary's of Lancaster and Maritime Charter School.

    For more information on the BSRA, please call 855-1600 or visit https://rowbuffalo.com. You can also follow the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RowBuffalo for frequent updates.

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    About the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA)

    In 2009, a group of life-long rowers established the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association with the intent of expanding the footprint of the sport of rowing in Western New York. With three boats and 30 athletes, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association was born. The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA), a 501 (c) 3, is an association of seven scholastic rowing teams and community based rowing clubs with an expressed purpose to facilitate safe and equitable access to the Buffalo River for new and emerging rowing programs and the general public. The association is a rowing cooperative requiring each member group to assume responsibility for its programs to the extent financially possible.

    Because Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association acts as a facilitating organization, all member groups have a strong decision-making role within BSRA. Each member organization has a seat on the BSRA Board of Directors. This guarantees a direct role in day-to-day rowing operations as well as charting the future of the Association. Currently, there are seven scholastic programs including South Park High School, Maritime Charter School, Canisius High School, Buffalo Seminary, Mount Mercy Academy of South Buffalo, Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School and St. Mary’s, as well as an adult program, the Buffalo Masters Rowing Club and a team of breast cancer survivors, We Can Row: Buffalo.

    About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

    The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit rcwjrf.org.


  • November 16, 2017 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) is inviting high school age boys to join the newly established Team BSRA Boys. Rowing experience is not required and there are no cuts — everyone practices and everyone competes!

    Rowing is a four-season sport and BSRA teams compete locally, nationally and in Canada. Rowing is also a non-contact sport that provides a full-body exercise. There are opportunities for athletes of all sizes.

    Team BSRA Boys is open to any high school boy who wants to be part of a competitive rowing team and is currently attending a school that does not have a rowing program.

    Informational meetings will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St., Buffalo. Winter crew practice starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Old First Ward Community Center. Team coaches are Patrick Kenney and Matthew Yeksigian.

    Winter/spring dues are $200 plus a $125 regatta fee. For more information on Team BSRA Boys, please email info@rowbuffalo.com.

    Founded in 2010 and located at 405 Ohio St., the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. For more information, please call 855-1600 or follow the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RowBuffalo for frequent updates.


  • October 23, 2017 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Saturday, Oct. 21, turned out to be a beautiful fall day for the Head of the Buffalo Regatta! Thank you to all the participants, families, staff and volunteers who helped make the event a huge success! Many photos have been posted on our Facebook page. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/RowBuffalo/




  • October 12, 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Four teams of young rowers will compete in Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Head of the Buffalo Regatta hosted by the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA). The event will kick off from the BSRA boathouse at 405 Ohio St.  

    Competing in the event will be Team BSRA Girls, as well as teams from Buffalo Seminary, City Honors and Mercyhurst High School in Erie, Pa. Racing will take place from approximately 9:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Founded in 2010, the nonprofit BSRA provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. The organization offers high school, adult (masters), Learn to Row and We Can Row programs. 

    For more information on the BSRA, please follow the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RowBuffalo for frequent updates.

  • October 10, 2017 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    The BSRA girls team attended the Head of the Genesee Regatta in Rochester this past weekend, and we had two boats that earned third place medals!

    Our Jr. women’s 4x team consisted of Grace Graney, Chloe Freedenberg, Olivia Nasternak and Sabrina Lonas. Our Jr. women’s lightweight 4+ featured Erin Jackson, Olivia Nasternak, Grace Graney and Kerry Sullivan, coxed by Kathryn Bergman.

    Great job, rowers!



  • August 01, 2017 3:14 PM | Anonymous


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