WORCESTER – WPI senior Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) has been invited to the USRowing Under 23 Women's National Team Selection Camp which will take place this summer at the Thomas Temple Allan Boathouse in Charlottesville, VA.
The camp, under the guidance of University of Virginia's Head Coach Kevin Sauer, will select the U23 women's eight, quadruple sculls and four with coxswain that will compete at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 24-28 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. The camp will also choose a pair to race at USRowing's Under 23 World Championship Trials in early July. Brett Gorman (USRowing), Jamie Snider (Yale University assistant coach), Josh Gautreau (University of Washington assistant coach), and Kelsie Chaudoin (Stanford University assistant coach) will also serve on the staff.
"We are all very proud of Kinsey. This honor is a testament to WPI Rowing's belief in the power of "Daring to Dream" and then working diligently towards that dream," remarked head coach Jason Steele. "As our men's team have had a long history of elite rowers, we are thrilled that Kinsey and the women's team is beginning to make its mark at this level."
The only Division III student-athlete selected to this camp, Kinsey has been a mainstay in the WPI nationally-ranked varsity eight during her four years at WPI. In addition to holding the 10,000m and 6,000m school records, Kinsey 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.
A member of last year's varsity eight, Kinsey earned a Bronze medal at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, a performance that helped WPI earn a third place team finish in its first trip to the national regatta. More recently, the varsity eight collected wins over defending national champion No. 1 Bates and No. 3 Williams, the only two Division III crews to finish ahead of the Engineers at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta last Fall.