June 13, 2006

Rowing Announces Team Awards For 2005-2006 Season

June 13, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing team have announced their team award winners for the 2005-2006 season. Senior Megan Seavey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) received the Crusader Award, senior Matthew Appleton (Nashua, N.H.) earned the Chick Award, and senior Donald Steinert (Rockville Center, N.Y.) took home the Coxswain's Award. In addition, the Crusaders have named their captains for the 2006-2007 campaign. Rising seniors Allison Humphreys (Marlton, N.J.) and Megan Russell (Andover, Mass.) will lead the women's team, while rising seniors Albert Monte (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Mathias Weiden (Yonkers, N.Y.) will captain the men's team.

Seavey earned the Crusader Award as the rower who always goes up and above all expectations. She joined the women's rowing team during the second semester of her sophomore year, and by the end of that year she showed so much progress that she earned a spot in the varsity eight. A selection to the 2006 All-Patriot League rowing team, Seavey was also a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp at Holy Cross. In addition, she was a very active in the community, and was part of many service projects connected with the ROTC unit, such as color guards for veterans' associations and planned social events for the battalion. Following graduation, Seavey was commissioned into the United States Navy, and is currently stationed in Mayport, Fla., on the U.S.S. Taylor.

Appleton received the Chick Award, given in honor of 1970 Holy Cross graduate Larry Chick, to the rower that, by action or example, goes up and beyond to add to the program. In addition to being a member of the rowing team, Appleton was a midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp at Holy Cross. Following graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Navy and will serve in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, onboard USS Chafee.

Steinert earned the Coxswain's Award, given each year to the team's most outstanding coxswain. During the 2005-2006 season, Steinert served as the coxswain in the Holy Cross men's varsity eight. He stepped up in order to lead the team in a very successful season, including an invitation to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta. Steinert will begin work as a paralegal at a law firm in New York City this summer, and plans on attending law school in the future.

Humphreys will serve as a team captain this coming season, after being a member of the varsity eight since her freshman year. She was part of the Crusader women's varsity eight that won silver at the New Hampshire Championship in 2003, and bronze at the Textile River Regatta in 2005. A selection to the 2005 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, and was also a member of the women's intermediate eight for the Pennsylvania Rowing Club in 2005.

Russell will be a captain of the women's team in 2006-2007, and has also been a member of the varsity eight since her freshman season. During her junior year, Russell rowed in the third seat of the varsity eight for the Crusaders. A selection to the 2005 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, she is also part of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Dean's List.

Monte will serves as one of captains for the men's team this coming year. A member of the varsity eight since his freshman year, he has won several gold medals at Textile River Regatta, the New Hampshire Championship and the Patriot Challenge. Monte was also part of the varsity eight that finished with silver medals at the New England Championship in 2005 and 2006, and bronze medals at the ECAC Regatta in 2005 and 2006. This year, he also helped the varsity eight to an 18th place finish at the IRA Championship Regatta, with the boat being ranked 19th in the nation.

Weiden will be the other captain for the Crusader men's team in 2006-2007. He was part of the varsity eight that won a silver medal at the 2006 New England Championship and a bronze medal at the 2006 ECAC, in addition to helping the varsity eight to an 18th place finish at the IRA Championship Regatta, with the boat being ranked 19th in the nation. As a sophomore, Weiden led the second varsity eight to a silver medal at the New England Championship, while as a freshman he led the novice eight to a fourth place finish in New England.