Curtis graduated from East High in 2008 and was a 4 year member of the district swim team and a captian his senior year. He was a consolation finalist and finalist for many events his junior and senior years. He attended the University of Soutnern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Buffalo in 2012 where he competed at the Division 1 level for 3 years. He won a MAC tile while at UB as a junior and he was a runner up his other two seasons. As a freshman at Southern Connecticut, he qualified for the NCAA Division II championships in the 200M Medley and 100M breast stroke.