By Priscilla Johnson Bender
Oct. 16, 2019: After months of dedicated practice, Bronxville’s youth rowers kicked off the fall race season at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford, CT. Seven young Bronxvillians rowing for Pelham Community Rowing Association (PCRA) participated in the regatta last Sunday, October 6th.
Sophie Klessel rowed in the Junior Women’s double. Her team finished 7th in a field of 18. Bronxville High School Junior, Tim Atkeson, rowed in both the Junior Men’s 1st Varsity 4+ and the Junior Men’s 1st Varsity 8+ finishing an outstanding 8th and 6th respectively, both in a crowded field of 31 boats.
Bronxville Freshman, Joseph Cutaia, also competed in the Junior Men’s 1st Varsity 4+ as coxswain finishing 24th in his first race leading a varsity boat.
Timothy Lockwood, Max Dicker, and Willem Bender, all Bronxville High School Freshmen, also competed in their first varsity race in the Junior Men’s 2nd Varsity 4+. They finished a respectable 17th on a highly competitive field of 26 boats. In the Novice division, Thomas Koester helped the Junior Men’s Novice 8+ pull to an excellent 6th place finish out of 28.
S. Klessel, J. Sondey, J Cutaia, T. Lockwood, W. Bender, T. Koester, T. Atkeson, M. Dicker, missing: K. Dicker
The young teammates practice 5-6 days a week rain or shine year-round under the guidance of Coaches Reid Johnson, Tom Marth, and Elizabeth Calder.
The Head of the Riverfront Regatta kicks off a busy season of races that will extend into November for the team. Rowers from clubs, high schools, and universities joined athletes in the masters, grand masters, and veteran divisions on the waters of the Connecticut River to test their skills and determination. The fall regattas are typically raced over a 5-kilometer course and feature hundreds to thousands of athletes from all over the Northeast.
Atkeson and Cutaia are looking forward to participating in the legendary Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the coming weeks. While demanding mental focus, physical stamina, and skill, the teammates know they must always work in concert to achieve their best performance.
Photos courtesy Priscilla Benter
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