To Our Supporters:
We are four young students at the University of Delaware, now rowing for Undine Barge Club in Philadelphia, who have recently won the Under-23 World Championship Trials in the Men's Lightweight Quad! This means we get to represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in Bulgaria this coming July! We will be living out our dream of competing for the US National Team - but we can't do it without your help!
Why We Need Your Help
We must raise $20,000 in order to meet our
goal - $5,000 per person. Our expenses
include flights to and from Bulgaria, room and board while abroad, on-location equipment rentals, coaching, and regatta fees.
The four of us have trained practically year-round for a combined total of 27 years, and it is all culminating here - with our trip to the U23 World Championships. For us- and perhaps every other young rower in the world- rowing on the National Team was a dream. Well, we put in the work, built up our skills, and earned our place on the team - now all we need is your donation for that dream to be realized!
Your donation is tax deductible! You will receive an email receipt with important tax information regarding this.
This fundraising platform deducts 7% of donations to cover operating costs.
Your support means "Worlds" to us!
Meet The Crew
Bow: Reid Cucci
Montclair, New Jersey
Philosophy Major Class of '17
"I started rowing in the fall of 2008 at Montclair High and Nereid Boat Club in New Jersey. My coach, Boris Roque Alvarez, trained my high school quad to numerous grand achievements. In 2012 I went to Virgina Tech where I did not row. It only took one semester for the emptiness to hit me, and to realize what an important part of my life rowing had become. I have since taken time off of schooling to coach rowing at Ridgewood High School and have this past year transferred to the University of Delaware. I'm proud to say I row for one of the countries premiere collegiate lightweight programs, a world famous 150 year old boat club, and, to top it off, team USA."
Two Seat: Andrew Kershaw
Economics Major Class of '16
I’ve been around rowing all my life. My parents, my siblings, and my grandfather all rowed! My first memory of rowing was the 1996 Men’s 8+ Olympic final in Atlanta watching the finish from the grand stands! It’s always been a part of my life.
I first learned to row in 2008 on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio in a double with my brother. Coached by my Father, Matthew Previts, and Pat Connor, I rowed for St. Ignatius High School for four years with a great group of guys and fell in love with all aspects of the sport and developed a desire to compete in college and hopefully a US National Team. After high school, I joined the lightweight squad at the University of Delaware and have had the opportunity to successfully compete with the top lightweight programs in the country under Chuck Crawford and Phil Kleiman.
Switching to the quad with Reid, Corey, and Mike has been a blast. It was a surprisingly effortless transition that was made better by the fact that we all came from the same team or even boat for most of us. Winning trials and earning a spot on this year’s Under-23 U.S. National Team has been a goal realized for all of us and we can’t wait to represent the USA in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The support thus far has been incredible and we are all so grateful for this opportunity and will do our best to make you proud. Thank you! GO Cats! GO Blue Hens! GO USA!
Three Seat: Corey Brown
Mass Communications Major/Interactive Media Minor Class of '16
There is an extensive tradition of rowing in the Brown Family. Sometimes it feels like almost every rower on boathouse row will say to me "I rowed with one of your uncles" or "I rowed with your cousin." To keep the tradition alive and follow in my father's footsteps, I took up rowing in high school.
As a junior, I competed in a Lightweight Double as "Haverford High School." We were the only boat to represent Haverford High School and were coached by William Weaver and Kathryn "Kay" MacDonald. Through these coaches, I realized the beauty of the sport and carried that passion to the University of Delaware where I rowed in the Freshman Lightweight 8 from 2012-2013, and most recently, the Varsity Lightweight 8 during the 2014-2015 season under coach Chuck Crawford. Both seasons culminated in a victory at the historic Dad Vail Regatta.
After the spring season, I knew I would undoubtedly head back to Undine for my third year. Rowing with the racing squad and being coached by Joe Quaid and Mike Naughton allowed for some of the best sculling experiences I could ask for. This year, I brought three other Delaware scullers with me in search of a Trials victory. We accomplished that goal and now our sights are set on World Championships! This will be my first year on the US National Team and I could not be more excited to compete.
Stroke: Michael Senf
Finance and Economics Major Class of '17
My name is Michael Senf and I started rowing in 2010 with the GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, Connecticut. Rowing was a rescue for me. It helped me understand life in a whole different way and I was able to lose about 50 pounds from the sport. In High School I rowed for GMS rowing center from 2010-2012 and then moved to New Canaan/ Maritime from 2012-2013. I got 2nd place two years in a row at the U.S Youth National Championships in 2012 and 2013 in the Lightweight Double(2012) and Mens Heavyweight Quad(2013). I also represented the United States in 2012 at the CanamMex games in Mexico City, Mexico. There I got a silver medal in the Mens Quad and Bronze medal in the Mens Double.
After High school I got recruited to row at the University of Delaware. I rowed two years at Delaware so far and during my Freshmen year I made the 1st Freshmen boat that ended up getting second at Dad Vail regatta. I also made the Varsity 8 during my Sophmore year and ended up winning a Dad Vail Championship and beating Harvard for the first time in school history. I also rowed at the famous New York Athletic Club (NYAC) during the summer of 2014 and I was able to enhance my sweep rowing skills and was able to win Club National Championship. Now, I row for the greatest team of all, the United States, and it such an honor and a dream come true to row for such a team. I owe a lot of my success to my family, friends, and to Coach Guenter Buetter(GMS), Coach Yan Vengerovskiy(New CANAAN), Coach Nick Dawe(NYAC), Coach Chris McElroy(Undine), and Coach Chuck Crawford(Delaware).
Living in Philadelphia and being apart of Undine Barge Club is just breathtaking. Everyone in the Undine Community has been so friendly and welcoming towards me. In addition, rowing out of Boathouse row is just marvelous and beautiful. It has been an amazing exprience rowing with three amazing athletes that are as dedicated as much as I am to rowing and being coached by a coaching staff with lots of experience and knowledge of the sport. It is surely exciting getting up every morning for 6 am practice knowing that we are getting faster after each session. I'm even more excited for the challenge that lies ahead in Bulgaria this July.
Join Our Team and Spread the Word!
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Tax Deductible Contribution
Your donation will go to the National Rowing Foundation and directly support this athlete(s). Your donation is considered tax deductible and you will receive an email receipt with important tax document necessary for any available federal income tax deduction. Thank you again!
To Donate by Check
If you prefer to donate by check - please make your check payable to the National Rowing Foundation write "U23 Team" and the boat name on the memo line and send to 67 Mystic Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359