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Men's Lightweights Welcome 10 Newcomers Into Princeton Class Of 2018
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 08/13/2014

The Princeton men's lightweight rowing team is looking to build off a year when it won the Head of the Charles, reclaimed the Goldthwait Cup and earned a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints. Head coach Marty Crotty is optimistic that a talented group of 10 newcomers will help push a varsity eight that didn't include a senior during the 2014 postseason.

Princeton reached as high as No. 2 in the national rankings last season following its wins over both Yale and Harvard on the Charles River. The Tigers returned to the medal dock at Sprints, though they left the IRA national championships hungry for an even better performance in 2015.

Crotty will enhance the program with 10 incoming rowers, many of whom have significant national or international experience. You can read about the full class below.

Brandt Beckerman
Muttontown, N.Y. • Choate Rosemary Hall

Before Princeton — won Club Nationals in the intermediate lightweight double (2013) … placed 10th in the lightweight junior men Crash B in 2012; placed 16th in the lightweight open men the following season … rowed for Choate Rosemary Hall and the Shrewsbury School, as well as the Vesper and Sagamore Clubs … graduated Cum Laude.

Personal — born Dec. 27, 1994 … son of Adam and Julianne Beckerman … has a younger brother Logan … enjoys cycling and baking.

James Goble
Winchester, Eng. • Eton College

Before Princeton — won the 2014 Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta … won the 4- at the Junior GB vs France Match … won silver at the 2014 National Schools Regatta … competed on the U-16 Berkshire County rugby team.

Personal — born Nov. 23, 1995 … son of Tim and Kate Goble … has an older sister Alice … enjoys travel, languages and mountain climbing … may study English.

John Killeen
Marin County, Calif. • Redwood

Before Princeton — won gold medals at the San Diego Crew Classic four consecutive years (2011-2014) as a member of the Marin Rowing Association… won gold at the 2012 and 2013 Head of the Charles … won gold at the 2012 Youth Nationals … won gold in the lightweight 4- at the 2012 Canadian Henley U23 … class salutatorian … California Scholarship Federation lifetime member.

Personal — born Aug. 17, 1996 … son of Sean and Ann Killeen … has an older sister Kathleen … enjoys outdoor activities … may study economics.

Blake Lange
Darien, Conn. • Darien

Before Princeton — won the Junior B 2x at 2012 Club Nationals with his club, New Canaan/Maritime … placed fourth in the 4x at the 2014 Youth Nationals; his boat won the 2014 Northeast District Championships … also lettered in basketball … President’s Scholar nominee.

Personal — born Sept. 11, 1996 … son of Brian and Casey Lange … mother rowed at Villanova … has an older brother Parker, who rowed at the Junior World Championships and the U23 World Championships … enjoys hiking and playing Frisbee … may study molecular biology.

Izzy O’Connell
Bloomfield, Conn. • St. Paul’s School

Before Princeton — both rowed and coxed in high school before focusing primarily on coxing … recipient of the Coaches’ Award for boys’ varsity crew … helped boat (Boys Varsity Second) win the 2013 Coaches’ Award … also competed in alpine skiing and field hockey … recipient of the Dickey Prize in both Spanish and fine arts … recipient of the Maybank Prize in Fine Arts and Architecture … earned the Ferguson Scholarship … two-time recipient of the Ambassador Duke Spanish Prize … earned the Sprague Chorus Prize, the Ellsworth Greenley Prize and the Charles S. Knox Memorial Cup.

Personal — born July 26, 1995 … daughter of John and Sara O’Connell … has an older sister Courtney … cousin Chris Ahrens ’98 is in the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame; he helped lead Princeton to three IRA championships and one Sprints title in four years, and he was a gold medalist in the 2004 Athens Games … enjoys a cappella singing, baking and reading.

Ryan Pristo
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. • Pine Crest School

Before Princeton — won gold in the men’s junior double at Scholastic Nationals … took second in the lightweight eight at Scholastic Nationals … earned bronze medal at the Stotesbury Cup in the men’s junior double … placed sixth in the men’s lightweight double at the Youth Nationals … had Top 2 finishes in the men’s pair and men’s lightweight double at the Southeast Regionals … also lettered in swimming.

Personal — born Jan. 1, 1996 … son of Lori Pristo … has a younger brother Alec … enjoys biking and running.

Jesus Serrano Cendejas
Mexico City, Mexico • Ridley College

Before Princeton — competed multiple times at the Canadian Secondary Schools Racing Association Championships … posted two Top-12 finished at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta (2013/2014) … lettered in swimming and named Top Male Swimmer at Ridley College three years … won gold medals in the 100 IM and 200 free … class valedictorian … Mason Gold Medal winner and recipient of the Merritt South House Zealous Award … school prefect … earned Best Tenor Vocal honor … captain of the swim team and drum sergeant major.

Personal — born Oct. 21, 1995 … son of Jesus Serrano de la Vega and Delores Cendejas Norma … has two younger brothers, Frankie and Rodrigo … enjoys singing and playing the saxophone … may study engineering.

James Sincavage
Malvern, Pa. • Malvern Prep

Before Princeton — rowed in the men’s double at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Lithuania … two-time champion (2013/2014) at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals … 2013 Stotesbury Cup champion … rowed in the junior men’s quad in the Fawley Challenge Cup at the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta … National Merit Commended Scholar … member of the National Honor Society.

Personal — born April 22, 1996 … son of John and Patricia Sincavage … has an older brother John and an older sister Lauren … enjoys basketball, weightlifting and mock trial … may study economics.

Tyler Valicente
El Dorado Hills, Calif. • Jesuit

Before Princeton — placed eighth at the 2013 Head of the Charles in the coxed four … attended 2013 US Junior National Development Camp … medaled at 2013 Club Nationals in Junior 8 & Intermediate 8 … trained with the 2012 US Rowing Junior National Development team … three-year captain for Capital Crew; also voted “Most Inspirational” during novice year … graduated Magna Cum Laude … Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam … president of the Latin and Italian Heritage Clubs … recipient of the St. Thomas More Award for excellence in service.

Personal — born July 12, 1996 … son of Richard and Robin Valicente … has an older sister Nicolette … interested in astrology … may study either economics or in the department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

Patrick Watt
Toronto, Ont. • Upper Canada College

Before Princeton — won two national championships at the Canadian Secondary Schools Racing Association Championships … won gold at the 2013 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the U19 M8+ … placed second at the 2012 Head of the Charles in the youth four … earned Senior of the Year honors for Upper Canada College.

Personal — born Dec. 15, 1995 … son of Graham Watt ’85 and Christine Tomlinson … father rowed for two years at Princeton … has two older brothers, Graham and Alex … enjoys hockey and whitewater kayaking.

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