Cambridge, Mass. (August 17) – The MIT men's heavyweight crew program has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2017-18 season as eight student-athletes join the team, which will be under the direction of 12-year head coach Tony Kilbridge.
"This year's recruiting class is unusually deep, both in number and talent," said Kilbridge. "We are excited to have these young athletes join our team."
The Engineers' new additions include Will de Rubertis (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Aidan Driscoll (Philadelphia, Pa.), Serafin Garcia (Folsom, Calif.), Ben Koenig (Bethesda, Md.), Kai Maier (Cazenovia, N.Y.), Alex Meredith (Seattle, Wash.), Daniel Pickard (Glencoe, Ill.), and Max Tell (Orchard Park, N.Y.).
Racing for Bainbridge High School, de Rubertis was a three-time varsity letterwinner.
Competing for Phillips Academy Andover, Driscoll was the 2016 Massachusetts State Champion in the Men's U19 Double, the runner up in the Boys 3V8 at the 2015 NEIRA Championship, the Petite Final winner in the Boys V8 at the 2017 NEIRA Championship, and the third-place finisher in the Men's U19 Double at the 2016 Junior/High School New England Championship. He also raced with Community Rowing, Inc. during the summer of 2016.
A two-time captain for the Upper Natoma Rowing Club, Garcia captured first place in the Men's 2- at the Head of the Lagoon.
Racing for Walter Johnson High School, Koening was named to the 2017 Washington Post Spring All-Met Boys Rowing first team in addition to being selected the Walter Johnson Spring 2017 Most Valuable Rower. He finished second in the Senior 4+ at the 2016 Stotesbury Cup, third in the Junior 4+ at the 2015 Stotesbury Cup, and third in the Varsity 4+ at the 2016 and 2017 SRAA Nationals. Competing for TBC Racing, Driscoll was second in the U17 4+ and 8+ at the 2015 Club Nationals, second in the U19 8+ at the 2016 Canadian Henley, sixth in the U19 4+ and 8+ at the 2016 Club Nationals, and 15th in the Youth 8+ at the 2016 Head of the Charles.
Maier was the captain of the Cazenovia Rowing Club and also competed on the Junior National High Performance Team. In addition, he placed 12th at the 2016 Crash B's.
Meredith was a three-time letterwinner as a coxswain at Lakeside School. She was a two-time runner-up at the Northwest Indoor Rowing Championship coxswain dash and claimed third place in 2016.
Racing for New Trier High School, Pickard was the 2016 SRAA Champion and captured second place at the 2014 Tiro Cup.
Competing for Canisius High School, Tell was the 2016 Men's Senior 4+ SRAA National Champion.