BRONXVILLE:  Natalie Knight (Junior), Christopher Bopp (Junior), Julia Sesler (Team Captain, Senior at Riverdale Country School), Natalie Burke (Senior, Fieldstone School)
BRONXVILLE: Natalie Knight (Junior), Christopher Bopp (Junior), Julia Sesler (Team Captain, Senior at Riverdale Country School), Natalie Burke (Senior, Fieldstone School)
Glen Island, NY—The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association has announced that the Pelham Community Rowing Association (PCRA) has qualified as a scholar-athlete team for the ninth consecutive season.  Rowers must be in grades 10-12 and maintain a GPA of 90% or better for the season.  PCRA has proudly held this distinction since the commendation was begun in 2009. 

Additionally, four PCRA athletes were invited to train as part of the United States Junior National Team Winter High Performance training camps earlier this year. Attending the California camps were team captains Christian Kelling (Pelham), Liliane Lindsay (Harrison) and Julia Sesler (Bronxville). Rounding out the four was Ellie Sawyer (Larchmont).

“We are extremely proud of our team’s commitment to both books and boats,” commented Paisley Kelling, PCRA’s Board President.  “We try to remind our rowers that the word ‘scholar’ comes first in the term ‘scholar-athlete’ for a reason, and that this emphasis will continue throughout their collegiate experiences.”   “There are many ways to help one’s team win, and only some of them occur on the water,” added Program Director and Head Coach, Guy Monseair.  Monseair is extremely proud of the many contributions his rowers make to the high standards he sets, as well as the role models the varsity rowers grow into for the younger members of their team.

Thus far, PCRA seniors have received early decision acceptances from Bates College, Boston University, Ithaca College, Mercyhurst University, University of Michigan, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, William Smith College and Yale University. 

PCRA currently draws students from more than 10 area high schools and towns.   PCRA rows out of Westchester County's Glen Island Park on the 1964 Olympic Time Trial Course that they share with the New York Athletic Club.  PCRA offers a complete spectrum of programming from Learn To Row, Novice, Junior and Varsity competitive teams for teens, to their enthusiastic Master’s Programs for rowing adults.  PCRA is a not‐for‐profit 501©(3) corporation dedicated to sharing the benefits of rowing with athletes of all ages and abilities. PCRA encourages the pursuit of excellence—fitness, discipline and teamwork—through community youth and adult rowing.  For more information, please visit www.pelhamrowing.com

The Bronx High School of Science
Nate Quinn (New York City)
Matthew Wideen (New York City)

Bronxville High School
Christopher Bopp
William Kirsten
Natalie Knight

Convent of the Sacred Heart
Michaela D'Urso (Pelham)

Fieldstone School
Natalie Burke (Bronxville)

Harrison High School
Liliane Lindsay (Team Captain)

Iona Preparatory School
Kyle Griffin (Port Chester)
Daniel Madden (New Rochelle)
Hameed Mourani (Sleepy Hollow)
Brian O'Grady (New Rochelle)

Mamaroneck High School
Caroline Aronin
Jordana Reist
Eliot Sawyer
Jack Smoor

Pelham Memorial High School
Daniel Biskup
Elizabeth Calder
Lauren Cornman
Charlotte Little
Sophia Merelas
Jack Coronado Shirocky
Zachary Heese
Peter Kavanagh
Siddarth Motwani (Team Captain)
Maggie Stiefvater

Riverdale Country School
Julia Sesler (Bronxville, Team Captain)

Scarsdale High School
Paige Mittenthal (Team Captain)
Melanie Norman


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