PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham Community Rowing Association team captains Liliane Lindsay, a Harrison resident, and Julia Sesler, a Bronxville resident, were named to the United States Junior National Team.
They will compete in the World Rowing Junior Championships next month in Hamburg, Germany. This will be Lindsay’s second year representing her country in competition; last year she stroked the U.S. 8+ to a fifth place finish at Worlds in Trakai, Lithuania.
In the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals in Sacramento, Lindsay and Sesler's quadruple sculls took fifth place on Father's Day.
Just one month earlier, the quad earned PCRA’s fourth gold medal in this event in as many years, at the New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs, qualifying the rowers for their trip to the nationals.
Rowing with them on both occasions were boat mates Ellie Sawyer of Mamaroneck and Pelham’s Maggie Stiefvater. This year marked the second year that Lindsay, Sesler and Sawyer rowed together, coming into this year’s nationals as the defending bronze medalists and two-time New York state champions.
Lindsay is the only rower to have been in PCRA’s winning quad all four years, qualifying for the nationals each year, capturing a Silver Nationals medal as a sophomore with different teammates, and the New York state championship title for four consecutive years.
This was the sixth year PCRA has sent boats to the nationals, and the quartet of girls shared this year’s nationals campaign with PCRA’s boys’ lightweight double, consisting of Zachary Heese and Jack Shirocky, both from Pelham.
In the final day of racing, the PCRA’s boys’ double came in sixth and the girls’ quad came in fifth-fastest in the nation. This marked the first time a Pelham boys boat had ever qualified for an A-Final.
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