Men’s Heavyweight Crew Announces 2018-19 Recruiting Class

Men’s Heavyweight Crew Announces 2018-19 Recruiting Class

Cambridge, Mass. (June 13) – The MIT men's heavyweight crew program has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2018-19 season as 14 student-athletes join the team, which will be under the guidance of Tony Kilbridge, the H.W. McCurdy '22 Director of Rowing/Head Coach, for the 13th season.

"The recruited class that will be arriving at Pierce Boathouse in September is one of the deepest classes we have had in years" said assistant coach Evan Thews-Wassell. "We are excited to have them join the MIT Rowing family and look forward to seeing their contributions to the team in the coming years."

The Engineers' new additions include Baptiste Bouvier (London, United Kingdom), Nathaniel Cruz Walma (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), Serafin Garcia (Folsom, Calif.), James Greer (Rye, N.Y.), Jay Hesslink (Arlington, Va.), Peter Hwang (Fairfax, Va.), Cooper Jones (The Woodlands, Texas), Ali Sinan Kaya (Istanbul, Turkey), William Ludington (Carrboro, N.C.), Nick Mannhardt (London, United Kingdom), Parker Mayhew (Snoqualmie, Wash.), Orrie Page (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Max von Franque (Mill Valley, Calif.), and Max Williamson (Wilmington, Del.).

Bouvier was the captain of the Westminster Boat Club which won the United Kingdom Nationals in 2016 and captured the 2015 School's Head of the River Race.

A captain at Phillips Academy Andover, Cruz Walma helped his squad win the Petite Final at the 2017 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championship.

A two-time captain for Upper Natoma Rowing Club, Garcia captured first place in the Men's 2- at the Head of the Lagoon.

A captain for RowAmerica Rye, Greer has amassed 28 medals.

Hesslink was a captain, a three-time varsity letterwinner, and the recipient of the Coaches Award at Yorktown High School. He helped the Varsity 8 win the 2017 Head of the Potomac Regatta and then claim sixth place at the 2018 Virginia State Championship. Hesslink has also competed with TBC Racing.

At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Hwang was a captain, a three-time varsity letterwinner, a four-time Athletic Honor Roll qualifier, and the recipient of the TJ Crew Most Improved Award. He also competed for Resilient Rowing Club.

Racing for Parati Competitive Rowing, Jones was a captain and MVP. He was the runner-up at the 2017 Rowing Club National Championship and finished sixth in the 4x at the 2017 Rowing Youth National Championship.

Competing for The Taft School, Kaya ranked sixth at the 2017 NEIRA Championship and seventh at the 2018 NEIRA Championship.

Ludington, a varsity letterwinner at Phillips Exeter Academy, was the runner-up in the 8+ at the 2017 NEIRA Championship and the 2017 Club National Championship.

Mannhardt earned a varsity letter and raced at the Henley Royal Regatta while competing for The American School in London.

Mayhew was a three-time varsity letterwinner at Lakeside School.

Racing for Huron High School, Page was the 2015 freshman team captain, the 2018 varsity team captain, and a three-time varsity letterwinner. He finished sixth overall in the Men's U19 Pair at the Canadian Henley and received an "Erg Hammer" award for speed on the ergometer. Page also competed for the Washtenaw Rowing Center during the summer.

A captain for the Marin Rowing Association, von Franque won the F8+ at the 2015 U.S. Southwest Regionals. Two years later, he finished third in the JV8+ at the same competition.

Williamson was a two-year co-captain for the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association and was the runner-up at the 2018 Center City Slam Erg Sprints.

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