Men’s Heavyweight Crew Announces 2019-20 Recruiting Class

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Cambridge, Mass. (August 7) – The MIT men's heavyweight crew program has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2019-20 season as nine 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 14th season.

"This year's incoming class, talent-wise, is one of the deepest we have ever had," said assistant coach Evan Thews-Wassell. "From top to bottom, they have had success at the highest levels of high school rowing. We are excited to integrate them into our team, which already has a great core of young and talented members."

The Engineers' new additions include Robert Cancio (Miami, Fla.), Prosser Cathey (Ligonier, Pa.), Nicholas Garcia (Folsom, Calif.), Miles Kaming-Thanassi (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), Christopher Noga (Lafayette, Calif.), John Poliniak (Melbourne, Australia), Peter Scott (Cos Cob, Conn.), Deniz Sert (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), and Angela Su (Newton, Mass.).

Cancio was the captain and the commodore of the Miami Rowing Club, receiving Outstanding Varsity Rower as well as Best Erg honors in 2018 and 2019. He was the Men's Youth Double national champion (2019), the Men's Youth Double Southeast regional champion (2019), the Men's Youth Double Florida state champion (2019), the Men's Youth Four Florida state champion (2019), the Men's Youth Quad Head of the Hooch champion (2018), and finished 16th in the Men's Youth Double at the 2017 Head of the Charles.

Competing for Community Rowing, Inc., Cathey finished fifth at club nationals and was the runner-up at the 2019 NEIRA Championship in the Varsity 8+. A three-time varsity letterwinner, he was the recipient of the 2019 Coach's Award.

Racing for Capital Crew, Garcia was third in the JV8+ at the 2019 Southwest Youth Championship and the 2019 San Diego Crew Classic. He was also fifth in the Varsity 4x at the 2018 Southwest Youth Championship.

Kaming-Thanassi was a team captain, a three-time varsity letterwinner, and a recipient of the Varsity Rowing Award at Northfield Mount Hermon School. He also helped the 4+ finish in fourth place at the NEIRA Championship.

Noga was the JV8+ Southwest regional champion when he raced with Oakland Strokes.

Poliniak was the captain of boats at Melbourne High School and was the runner-up in the U21 8+ at the 2019 Victorian State Championship. At the 2018 Australian National Championship, he was second in the U19 8+ and the Schoolboy 4+, fourth in the U19 4-, and fifth in the U19 2. Poliniak also competed for the Mercantile Rowing Club.

Racing for Greenwich Crew, Scott was a two-time captain, was named the Most Valuable Novice Rower, and received the Laura Rauchfuss Award (coaches award). Competing at the Club Nationals, he won the U19 4+ and U19 4- events and finished third in the Senior Elite 4+ in 2018. At Youth Nationals, Scott was third in the 8+ in 2019, fifth in the 8+ in 2018, and 12th in the 8+ in 2017. He was the Northeast regional champion in the 8+ in 2018 and won the 2019 Cromwell Cup in the Open 4+.

Sert finished ninth in the nation in the Men's Double in 2018, was the Oarsman of the Year, and earned the Coaches' Award while racing for Capital Crew.

As the coxswain for the Winsor School, Su won the Lightweight 4+ at the 2018 Textile River Regatta and finished third at the 2018 NEIRA Championship. She also rowed in the second-place boat at the 2017 New England Championship. Su earned four varsity letters, three during her time as a coxswain.

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