Holy Cross Rowing Names Captains For 2007-2008 Season

June 18, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing teams have announced their captains for the upcoming 2007-2008 season. For the women's team, the Crusaders will be led by senior tri-captains Erika Furtado (Dayton, Maine), Valerie Jackson (East Lyme, Conn.) and Allison Kaufman (North Port, N.Y.) next year. On the men's side, seniors Michael Cutting (Rockville, Md.) and Christopher Piltin (Medford, N.J.) will serve as the co-captains for the Crusaders in 2007-2008.

Furtado was the valedictorian of Catherine McAuley High School in 2004, and was part of the National Honor Society. She was a competitive swimmer and was awarded the Southwestern Swimming Scholarship Award as well as the Kellie Marie Smith Memorial Athletic Award. During her time at Holy Cross, Furtado has become a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and was a Holy Cross Book Prize recipient. She joined the novice rowing team in 2004 with no rowing experience and powered her way into the varsity eight in her sophomore year. Furtado sat bow seat in the varsity eight this past spring and recently lifted her way to a school record squat weight. She has plans to attend medical school after graduation in 2008.

Jackson attended the East Lyme High School, where she rowed for the Thames River Sculls in the U.S. Rowing national championship regatta in 2002 and 2003, and rowed in the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in 2002. She was also part of the team that won the Connecticut state rowing championship in 2004. Jackson was editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and a member of the National Honor Society. She is currently a History major with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies. Some of Jackson's rowing accomplishments at Holy Cross include first place at the New England Championship in the second varsity eight in 2007, first place in the varsity eight at the New Hampshire Championship Regatta in 2006, first place at the Worcester City Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and first place at the Patriot Challenge in the freshman four. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society in history and was recently named co-chair of the History SAC.

Kaufman participated on the varsity basketball team at Northport High School, where she was voted team captain and was named Academic All-Suffolk County during her senior year. In addition to basketball, she played volleyball on a club team that participated in the National Junior Olympic championship tournament. Kaufman joined the rowing team as a novice in 2004 and moved her way into a varsity boat for the 2005 portion of the season. As a sophomore and junior, she rowed in both the second and third varsity eights and the varsity four. In 2007 Kaufman stroked the third varsity eight to a gold medal at the New England Championship.

Cutting has been a part of the Holy Cross rowing team since he started school as a freshman. He had no prior rowing experience before entering Holy Cross, but joined the novice team and was a member of the men's freshman boat that won a silver medal at the 2005 New England Championship. Cutting has since been a part of the men's varsity eight boat that won gold in the 2006 and 2007 Patriot Challenges, silver at the 2006 New England Championship, and bronze at the 2006 ECAC National Invitational Championship. Cutting also rowed with the varsity eight for the 2006 and 2007 Eastern Sprints, as well as the 2006 and 2007 IRA National Championship Regattas.

Piltin came to Holy Cross from St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, where his four-year rowing career ending with a first place finish at the SRA national regatta. He was then a member of the freshman eight at Holy Cross which finished second at the New England Championship in 2005. Piltin next moved on to row in the lightweight eight for the 2005-2006 season, finishing first in the Patriot Challenge and second in the New England Championship, while also competing at the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship Regatta. For the 2006-2007 season, he was the stroke of the second varsity eight which finished second at the Jesuit Invitational and first at the Knetch Cup. Piltin is a pre-med / Studio Art major with intentions of attending dental school.