Release is courtesy of WPI Sports Information and USRowing.
PRINCETON, N.J. - WPI recent graduate Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) has been selected to compete for the United States at the upcoming 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 24-28 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL. Believed to be the first Division III representative in the women's eight since at least 2005, McNamara has earned a spot in the five seat.
"Kinsey's very first rowing stroke was taken at WPI in the Donahue Rowing Room," remarked head coach Jason Steele. "She embraced the power represented in our program's maxim 'Dare to Dream' and committed to four years of hard work in the hopes of one day making Team USA."
McNamara, who was recently named an All-American by the CRCA, is the reigning NEWMAC Rower of the year and a four-time NEWMAC First Team selection. In all, the nationally-ranked varsity eight went undefeated in the regular season and earned silver at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships. No stranger to Benderson Park, McNamara and crew earned bronze during the program's first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships in 2018.
The only Division III student-athlete selected to the USRowing Under 23 Women's National Team Selection Camp, McNamara holds the 10,000m and 6,000m school records. The recent graduate got a jump start to the season by winning a prestigious hammer as an unaffiliated entrant in the 2019 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships.
Steele continued, "four years and two NCAA Championships later Kinsey has realized that dream! She has had a lasting impact on our program and we wish her the best as she trades in Crimson and Gray for Red, White and Blue!"
The U.S. will have 22 crews competing at the five-day event. Events include the men's and women's single sculls, lightweight single sculls, double sculls, lightweight double sculls, quadruple sculls, lightweight quadruple sculls, pair, lightweight pair, four, four with coxswain, and eight.
The U.S. won eight medals at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Poznan, Poland including gold medals in the men's eight, men's four with coxswain, women's four with coxswain, lightweight women's pair, and women's pair. The U.S. also took home silver in the women's single sculls and bronze in the lightweight men's quadruple sculls and women's eight.
The U.S. roster includes athletes from 25 states, plus the District of Columbia and Switzerland. California leads the way with eight athletes. Thirty-two colleges and universities are represented on the roster, with the University of Washington leading the way with 12 team members.
Complete press coverage, athlete bios and links to event information will be available at www.usrowing.org and www.worldrowing.com. Follow along with the U.S. Under 23 National Team as it prepares for the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships by using the hashtag #WRU23Champs.
(c) Isabel Weiss (Chicago, IL) – University of Virginia
(s) Larkspur Skov (Steamboat Springs, CO) – University of Washington
(7) Sophia Kershner (Palmyra, VA) – University of Virginia
(6) Mary Mazzio-Manson (Wellesley, MA) – Yale University
(5) Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
(4) Kendall Fearnley (Huntington Beach, CA) – University of California
(3) Jeri Rhodes (St. Louis, MO) – University of Michigan
(2) Sierra Tiede (Missoula, MT) – Ohio State University
(b) Madeline Perrett (Ann Arbor, MI) – Ohio State University