PELHAM, N.Y. Pelham Community Rowing Association brought home the hardware on Mothers Day weekend by winning eight gold, six silver and two bronze medals at the New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs.
Five PCRA boats featuring 19 high school rowers and coxswains qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships on June 8 to 10 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The PCRA will send boats to the national championships for the third time, but this is the first year that the club qualified a sweep boat, in which each rower only has one oar instead of two, for the event.
The Girls Senior Quad claimed the gold medal for the second consecutive year. Mieke and Derrick Dikkers, who own Le Provencal restaurant in Mamaroneck, could not attend the event to watch their daughter, Pelham High School senior and team captain Tessa Dikkers, lead the team to the gold.
The parents could not take the day off because of Mothers Day, so instead, Tessas mother got on the phone, received news from the race by phone and constantly updated her hundreds of customers on her daughters progress. Now, the Dikkers will get to see their daughter row at nationals for the second year in a row.
Several of the senior girls raced in their final regular season competition together. Dikkers will attend University of Virginia, which has the top-ranked Division I womens rowing team in the country, while Mamaronecks Yasmine Hemida will attend Syracuse University and Bronxvilles Claudia Jensen will row at Trinity College. Harrison sophomore Liliane Lindsay will be the only returning member of the quad.
The Pelham Boys Senior Quad, Girls Lightweight 8+ and Boys Lightweight Double also won gold medals.
From a report by Pelham Community Rowing Association
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