PHILADELPHIA - Head Coach Nick Baker and Assistant Coach John Hayburn announced the incoming Class of 2015 for the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team on Monday. There are nine committed members in the recruiting class with each bringing a very high level of rowing experience to the Schuylkill River.
Three different countries and four different states are represented in the Class of 2015. There are three incoming freshman from the state of New York, two from Pennsylvania and one apiece from Florida and Connecticut. Two recruits hail from outside the U.S. borders, including one from Canada and another from Australia.
"I'm very proud of the Class of 2015," Baker said. "From top-to-bottom these guys are potential program-changers. As a coaching staff, we are extremely excited about not only the athletic ability that these individuals bring to the table, but also their wealth of experience on and off the water. I was also very impressed by the maturity they each showed during the recruiting process in their unflappable desire to attend the University of Pennsylvania. There is no doubt that the lightweight team will be a better squad with the addition of these recruits."
Below is an in-depth look at each of the nine soon-to-be Quakers.
Hometown: Manhasset, N.Y.
High School: Manhasset High School
Coach: Hugo Guardado Henriquez & Chris Mare
Rowing Highlights: Penn AC Gold finalist at Canadian Henley ... Qualified for USRowing Youth Nationals in 2010.
Why I chose Penn: "Penn is the perfect mix. Its a city school, but also a school with a beautiful campus, which makes it the ideal place to spend my undergraduate years and to develop my skills with a dedicated lightweight team."
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Belen Jesuit Prep
Coach: Yunian Cabrera
Rowing Highlights: 2010-2011 Team Captain ... 1st Lightweight 8+ at 2010 Southeast Regionals
Why I chose Penn: "Since the first time I set foot on campus, I knew Penn was for me. Penn is a top notch academicinstitution that attracts the best students from around the country. Likewise, the lightweight program is a team on the brink ofgreatness that attracts some of the best rowers from around thecountry. What's not to like?"
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Cranbrook School
Coach: Sam Carroll
Rowing Highlights: Stroke 1st 8+ ... Captain ... Named Most Promising Oarsman as a sophomore and junior ... Rowing colors (two years 1st 8+) ... NSW State team selection.
Why I chose Penn: "Three reasons. I love the location, the leading liberal arts and the tremendous business faculties."
Hometown: Garden City, N.Y.
High School: Chaminade High School
Coach: John Callinan and Larry Muri
Rowing Highlights: 2010 New York State Champion ... Fourth place at 2010 Head of Charles (Youth 8+).
Why I chose Penn: "I chose Penn because of its great new facilities, great coaching staff, and perfect location to Boathouse Row, the Schuylkill River, and the city of Philadelphia."
Height: 6' 3''
Hometown: Darien, Conn.
High School: Darien High School
Coach: Yan Vengerovskiy
Rowing Highlights: Qualified for USRowing Youth Nationals in the Lwt 8+ as a sophomore in 2009 ... Rowed on the National Team in the 2010 Junior World Rowing Championships.
Why I chose Penn: "It has a great coaching staff in Coach Hayburn and Coach Baker and I was really impressed by the new weight lifting facility. It also has the best location in the Ivy League with its close proximity to the city of Philadelphia."
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pa.
High School: The Shipley School
Coach: Tom McAlaine and J.D. Bridges
Rowing Highlights: Set the 20km course record at Wye Island ... Medaled in every race of his senior year in the varsity 2x.
Why I chose Penn: "I chose Penn because every experience I have had with Penn has been positive, including my campus visits and the lightweight rowers, who all helped my decision."
Height: 6' 3"
Hometown:St. Catharines, Ontario
High School:Governor Simcoe Secondary School
Coach:Josh Carr, Mike Purcer
Rowing Highlights: Second in Boys Lwt 4+ at Stotesbury in 2010 ... Third in Senior Men 72kg 8+ at CSSRA Championships in 2010 ... Also ran cross country.
Why I chose Penn:"Penn's lightweight program ison the upswing and has a rich rowing history; both are thingsI wish to be a part of."
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
High School: Canisius High School
Coach: Tom Flaherty
Rowing Highlights: First at SRA Nationals in the Lwt 8+ ... Seventh at the Head of the Charles in the Youth 8+ ... Second at Canadian Nationals (Junior 72kg 8+).
Why I chose Penn: "I chose Penn because of the camaraderie I experienced on my official visit. The rowers were not only welcoming and open to any questions I had, but they were also friendly and eager to show me what Penn has to offer."
Hometown: Chester Springs, Pa.
High School: Malvern Preparatory School
Coach: Craig Hoffman
Rowing Highlights: First JV Quad at Stotesbury in 2009 ... Second at SRAA Nationals in 2009 ... 2010 First Lightweight Varsity Double at Philadelphia Cities, Stotesbury and SRAA Nationals ... Sixth-place at the 2010 Head of Schuylkill in the 1x and first in the 4x.
Why I chose Penn: "I chose Penn because it was just the overall perfect fit for my family and me. It has a great balance of academics, athletics, and proximity to my home. I have lived near the Philadelphia area my entire life and I will get to continue my rowing career on the Schuylkill River. I felt very comfortable during my visit to Penn and I like the direction this team is definitely moving in and very excited to be a part of it."