After a highly successful Fall season, Pelham Community Rowing Association's athletes retreated to their indoor training facility at the New Rochelle YMCA for ten weeks of intense winter training. Technical improvements and fitness gains have been achieved utilizing ergometers and hands on instruction from PCRA's elite coaching staff. The winter season culminated with the 37th annual St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, an indoor rowing regatta held at Pelham Middle School, which proved the hard work is paying off!
PCRA Masters, Julie Hansen and Rob Constable, won two events: Hansen in the Women's Veteran A category and Constable in the Men's Veteran A category. Constable also qualified for a free trip to compete at the World Indoor Rowing Championships based on his performance.
The Girls U14 Division saw a clean sweep of the podium by PCRA's athletes. Maya Spunberg won the event by three seconds ahead of Kathryn Alexander and Molly Bidwell. This team of young athletes has a bright future ahead at PCRA!
In the Girls U17 event, PCRA's Megan Samuelson won the hammer with a personal best following a hard battle in the first thousand meters with City Island’s Genesis Bussey. Samuelson moved through to take the lead for good in the third quarter and held on the rest of the way. The PCRA Girls' team performance was underscored by the best team average erg score performance in five years!
The PCRA boys had a similarly impressive performance, with their best team average in at least six years. Julian Callegari won the Boys U17 event, with Alec Sirkin taking third.
PCRA's Matias Facciuto just edged out teammate, Rob Schetlick, for a strong podium finish in the premier Boys U19 event. Many new athletes joined the "sub-seven" club for one of PCRA's best performances in years!
PCRA brings its winter momentum to the water this Spring, beginning March 5th at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, and will be compete at the following regattas: Row for Autism (Port Washington, NY), Mercer Lake Sprints (Mercer Lake, NJ), Long Island Junior Rowing Championships (Oyster Bay, NY), New York State Rowing Championships (Saratoga, NY), and Youth National Rowing Championships (Gold River, CA).
Under the direction of Olympic medalist, Henrik Rummel, PCRA's youth coaching staff has expanded to include former Princeton Assistant Coach, Reid Johnson, and Scott Ramsey, former Division 1 Head Coach at Columbia University. The trio’s pedigree and experience is unparalleled in U.S. Youth Rowing and they aim to create a nationally competitive rowing program at PCRA.
PCRA's spring season is now open for registration at
For more information on registering youth and/or masters athletes, please contact: email@example.com. PCRA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization led by a volunteer board. One hundred percent of all fees collected by PCRA are committed to maintaining and enhancing the program. PCRA offers need-based financial assistance to committed participants.