March BSRA Updates


In Appreciation!

The BSRA held its annual Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Tewksbury Lodge on Ohio Street. It was our largest turnout ever and a great start to the 2018 season. A very big thank you to all who attended and organized the event!

Profile: Hilary Epes Oballim 

A native of Hamburg, N.Y. and a 2008 graduate of Buffalo Seminary, Hilary started rowing in 10th grade at Buff Sem under Bob Becht, and rowed during the summer at West Side Rowing Club for Aileen McNarmara.

Among her rowing accomplishments, Hilary place first at the New York State Championships in Saratoga, stroking the Junior 4+ and then the Senior 4+. She also won the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championship in the Girls Junior 4+ and placed second in 2008 in the Senior 4+. 

With WSRC, Hilary’s boat placed third in the U19 Womens 8+ and fifth at the Head of the Charles Regatta. 

Hilary earned a NCAA Division I scholarship at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has competed all over the country, including the Head of the Charles and San Diego Crew Classics. She stroked the 2V8+ for the NCAA Championships in 2010, winning the C final, and won Conference USA Championships 2010 and 2012. 

Hilary lived and worked in Uganda off and on from 2012 to 2016 where she met her husband. She quickly joined the Uganda Rowing Federation efforts on Lake Victoria and helped develop the Uganda Para-Rowing Federation. She completed her FISA Coaching Level II in Entebbe, Uganda in 2013. 

During her time back in the U.S., Hilary coached the BSRA Junior Women in 2013 and 2014, and she also started the St. Mary’s High School Girls Crew Team. 

Currently, she lives in Buffalo with her husband and their one-year-old son, and enjoys working at the BSRA as administrative assistant, as an assistant coach at Buffalo Seminary and head coach of the BSRA Masters. 

News & Notes 

• Visit the BSRA table at the Collectors & Artisans Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10 in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Admission is $2 and 100% of the door will benefit Bishop Timon High School, Mt. Mercy Academy and the Irish Center!

• BSRA Board Meeting, March 13 at 120 W. Tupper St.

• Old Neighborhood Parade, 12 to 5 p.m. March 17.

• St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2 p.m. March 18 on Delaware Avenue.

• Sign up today for Modified Sculling Session 1, to be held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon May 19 through June 24.

• We have a wide variety of programs for all ages, and registration is now open!

Winter & Spring 2018:

Adult Learn-to-Erg Session 2 will start March 6 and run for 3 weeks/9 classes until March 24.

Team BSRA Girls and Boys (grades 9-12) are in the middle of winter training and competition and have ongoing registration for spring.

BSRA Masters Team (adults) are in the middle of winter training but always welcome newcomers who have previous rowing experience.

We Can Row, Buffalo Chapter: Please contact us for details.

Summer 2018:

Learn-to-Row (grades 6-12) and Modified Sculling (grades 7 & 8)

BSRA U10 and U17: Contact us for details.

BSRA Masters Learn-to-Row: It will be for two weeks from mid to end of August.

For more information or to register, please visit or email

Young BSRA rowers place second at World Indoor Rowing Championship

The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association 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.


Shamrock Row 2018

BSRA will host the Shamrock Row from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St., Buffalo. Spectators are welcome! Competitor registration at is due by March 4.

  • Registration table opens at 7 a.m. A T-shirt is included with the registration fee. All participants should bring photo ID with birth date.
  • One race per participant, please.
  • For an event to receive 3 medals, they need at least 4 competitors.

  • Standard Registration fee is $15/participant until Sunday, March 4 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Late registration is $20/participant available until Friday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Day of registration is $25/participant.

  • ALL payments can be made online at the time of registration OR made at the registration table on Sunday, March 11.


  • Cox Dash (500m)
  • Novice U18 Girls (1000m)
  • Novice U18 Boys (1000m)
  • U17 Ltw. Girls
  • U17 Open Girls
  • U17 Ltw. Boys
  • U17 Open Boys
  • U19 Ltw. Girls
  • U19 Open Girls
  • U19 Ltw. Boys
  • U19 Open Boys
  • U23 Women
  • U23 Men
  • Masters Women (1000m)
  • Masters Men (1000m)
  • Final entries and schedule will be available on March 7, 2018.
  • Under 18 Novices: Started rowing after Aug. 1, 2017
  • Under 17: Born in 2002 or later
  • Under 19: Born in 2000 or later
  • Lightweights that medal are subject to weigh-ins.
  • Warm-up will be in the erg room for participants no more than 30 minutes before your event.
  • If a coach is registering for a team in one payment, please have each have each participant fill out the Waiver and bring to the Registration Table. WAIVER- Release of Liability.pdf

For specific questions or concerns, please contact Tom Boyer at or (716) 880-7929, oHilary Epes at or (716) 982-4067.