Sarasota, FL --- WPI graduate Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) and Team USA's women's eight recently earned bronze at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The event was held at Nathan Benderson Park where McNamara and the WPI varsity eight also collected bronze at the NCAA Division III Championships during the Engineers first-ever appearance at the national regatta in 2018.
After placing fourth (6:11.33) Friday in a test race that determined the lanes in Sunday's final, the crew clocked a 6:23.47 to finish just behind Great Britain (6:22.52) and ahead of Romania (6:24.28). The Netherlands won gold in a time of 6:17.93 while Germany rounded out the field with a fifth-place time of 6:38.45.
The performance marked the conclusion of the 2018-19 season that saw silver medals by the varsity eight and second varsity eight at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, the program's first NEWMAC Championship, an undefeated regular season featuring a No. 1 ranking for three weeks, silver at the New England Championships, and third at the National Invitational Rowing Championships and Head of the Charles.
Individually, the CRCA All-American kicked off the season early by earning a prestigious hammer as an unaffiliated entrant in the 2019 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships while head coach Jason Steele was named as the NEWMAC and CRCA National Division III Coach of the Year. In all, the Engineers boasted two CRCA All-Americans - including Christine Hovermale - and 10 CRCA National Scholar Athletes, featuring the NCAA Division III Elite 90 award winner Sarah St. Pierre.
Photo Courtesy Liz Graveline '20