April 15, 2016
West Windsor, NJ – Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer) proudly congratulates our high school seniors as they commit to attend some of the nation’s elite universities in the fall.
Albert Bergeron (The Hun School) – University of Delaware
Kevin Borup (South Brunswick High School) – Columbia University
Joseph P. Brown (Hopewell Valley Central High School) – Boston University
Caitlin Cleary (Princeton High School) – Brown University
Brandon De Paulis (The Hun School) – Hobart College
Jason Fleurial (Princeton High School) – Cornell University
Colleen Gillis (Freehold Township High School) – Miami University
Elise Gorberg (West Windsor Plainsboro HS North) – Boston University
Kate Hickey (Notre Dame High School) – Stanford University
Sydney Holgado (Robbinsville High School) – University of California, Berkeley
Eileen Hu (West Windsor Plainsboro HS South) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jenna Kugel (Montgomery High School) – Naval Academy
Kathryn Miller (Steinert High School) – University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Mumau (Millstone Township) – Clemson University
Glorianna Perrotte (Monroe High School) – University of Miami
John Tanguay (Hopewell Valley Central High School) – Columbia University
Will Grimes (Hopewell Valley Central High School) will continue his studies at the Kent School and plans to row there as well.
Eighty percent of PNRA/Mercer seniors have plans to continue rowing after high school.
“Being recruited to row in college can really help a student through the admissions process,” says Mercer Program Director and Boys’ Varsity Coach Justin Ochal. “There are a lot of college rowing teams but not a lot of high school aged kids that live in areas where they can join a competitive rowing program like PNRA/Mercer. Kids learn to row with us and by their second, third, or fourth year of rowing, they might be competing at the national-level. PNRA/Mercer has a good reputation among the colleges because our student-athletes tend to be successful at the collegiate level.”
Senior co-captain Kevin Borup offers the following advice to athletes who are interested in trying out rowing. “They should start by signing up for a summer novice camp. If they enjoy the sport, then they should sign up for a novice season with Mercer Juniors. PNRA/Mercer has an amazing program, as our coaches are former collegiate and national team athletes themselves. We train out of the Caspersen Rowing Center in Mercer County Park, which has great facilities for us to use. Our team has some of the best rowers in the area and they all started somewhere.” Information on summer camps for middle school and high school age athletes is available at www.rowpnra.org.
About the Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA received generous support from Killrney’s Publik House, JL Racing, Swift Racing, Bai, Wells Fargo Advisors Gould Group, Holiday Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott.
For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-977-1094, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.