Recent WPI grad Kinsey McNamara of Chelmsford has been selected to compete for the United States at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 24-28 in Sarasota, Fla.
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.
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.
WPI coach Jason Steele said: “Four years and two NCAA championships later Kinsey has realized a dream! She has had a lasting impact on our program and we wish her the best.”
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.
Lowell Highlands defeated Shedd Park 8-5 and Wilmington 2-0 in a pair of recent 13-year-old division games.
Against Shedd, Sean McNamara, Ethan Chanthompalit and Richie Schribman pitched well in the win. Schribman led the offense with three hits and 2 RBI. Declan Silva, and Chumnoe Rudy had a clutch hits for Lowell Highlands. Manny Brienza made a couple of great plays defensively.
Josh Florence and Kodie Le Grand had hits for Lowell Shedd.
Jack Aylward and Kayson Valiphanh combined on the shutout vs. Wilmington.
Alyward pitched 5 strong innings of 1-hit ball, striking out 9. Lowell’s offense was sparked by Caden Smith, Sean McNamara and Richie Schribman. Lars Ostebo took the loss for Wilmington. He allowed three hits and one run over 4 2/3, striking out seven.