WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men's rowing coach Todd Pearson has announced the 2010-2011 freshman class for the Crusaders. Anthony Curro (North Andover, Mass.), John Gentile (Mays Landing, N.J.), Will Hinshaw (San Anselmo, Calif.), Michael Holvey (Pittsford, N.Y.), Leo Kennedy (Philadelphia, Pa.), Mike Lindsay (King of Prussia, Pa.), Bryan Ptucha (New York, N.Y.), Brendan Siebecker (White Plains, N.Y.) and Jordan Traub (Eastham, Mass.) will join the program in the fall.
"I'm very pleased with the group of student-athletes coming to join our team this fall," said Pearson. "These rowers come from outstanding High School and junior programs from across the country, including some programs that are sending oarsmen to Holy Cross for the first time. They represent one of the strongest recruiting classes ever for the men's rowing team at Holy Cross and, given the success we've had with our current freshmen in the class of 2013, I'm really excited about the trajectory of our team. We strive to improve our position within the EARC and become a national top 20 rowing program and I'm confident that these young men will help us achieve this goal. In addition to their on the water talent, I am impressed with the character and scholarship of this group and I think they will be a real asset to the Holy Cross community."
Here is a look at the 2010-2011 freshman class.
Curro was a member of the Essex Rowing Club while attending St. John's Preparatory School. He was a member of a crew that won the men's varsity eight competition at the 2010 US Rowing Northeast Championship. His team placed sixth at the 2009 Head of the Schuylkill and placed fourth at the 2009 Textile River Regatta. He rowed in the men's intermediate and senior pair in the summer of 2009 at Junior Nationals, Independence Day Regatta and the Cromwell Cup.
Gentile was a three-year member of the varsity rowing team at Saint Augustine College Preparatory School. The team won the New Jersey State Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010, while it won the Atlantic County Championship in 2008 and 2009. He was a member of a second varsity eight boat that went to the SRAA Nationals.
Hinshaw rowed for Marin Rowing Club in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a junior in 2008-2009, he spent time in both the varsity and second varsity eight. He won a bronze medal at the three-seat of the second varsity eight at the USRowing SW Regional Championship in 2009. As a sophomore in 2008, he was in the bow seat of the second varsity eight that won a bronze medal at the SW Regional Championship.
Holvey was a member of the rowing team at McQuaid Jesuit as he earned 15 medals in four years. He was a member of a varsity four crew that qualified for Scholastic Nationals and a varsity four crew that placed second at CSSRA Canadian Nationals. His novice four crew finished second at the New York State Championship.
Kennedy was a member of the rowing team at St. Joseph's Preparatory School. In 2008-2009 his team was the SRAA National champions, Philadelphia Catholic League champions, Philadelphia City champions and Stotesbury Cup Regatta champions. He was also a member of the Fairmount Rowing Association as the team was Philadelphia Youth Regatta champions.
Lindsay was a two-year member of the varsity rowing team at La Salle College H.S. as he earned 2009 second team All-Catholic League honors. He was also a member of the Fairmont Rowing Association.
Ptucha was a four-year member of the varsity rowing team at Fordham Prep. He served as 2008-2009 team captain. As a member of the New York Rowing Association he was a member of a boat that advanced to the semifinals at the 2009 Royal Canadian Henley.
Siebecker was a four-year member of the varsity rowing team while attending Fordham Prep. He captained the team in 2010 and earned the Best Coxswain Award in 2009. In 2009, the team placed third at the 2009 New York State Championship, were Stotesbury semifinalists and Nationals qualifiers. He was also a member of Pelham Community Rowing.
Traub attended the Kent School and was a member of the varsity rowing team as he was a senior captain. He was a member of a crew that won the Boy's varsity eight competition at the 2010 NEIRAs. His team won the Senior Cup at the Reading Regatta in 2008-2009 and was second at the NEIRAs.