Williams Rowers Chosen for U23 Lightweight National Team Selection Camp

Williams Rowers Chosen for U23 Lightweight National Team Selection Camp

US Rowing has selected three Williams student-athletes to attend Under-23 Lightweight National Team Selection Camps.  Andy Ward, Dan Kenefick and Katherine Robinson were all named to US Rowing Selection Camp rosters this week.  Each will compete at various selection camps in June for a chance to row at the U23 World Championship Trials, to be held July 6-10 at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, NJ.  The Trials are a qualifier for the U23 World Championships, to be held July 23-26 in Racice, Czech Republic.

Ward, a senior captain from Pittsford, NY, was one of fourteen athletes selected for two U23 Lightweight Men’s Small Boats Camps.  Ward will participate in a selection camp at the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge, MA this summer.  The camp will select a double, a pair, and single to compete at the Trials in New Jersey, where the athletes will then race for a chance to attend the U23 World Championships. 

Kenefick, a sophomore from New Canaan, CT, was one of eight athletes selected to a U23 Lightweight Men’s Four Camp in Oklahoma City on June 12.  The camp will identify four athletes to compete in a lightweight men’s four at the World Championships, and possibly an additional two rowers to participate in a double at the Trials, with the chance to advance the World Championships.

Robinson, a senior and captain of the women’s team from Marysville, WA, will be one of twelve women competing at two separate U23 Lightweight Women’s Sculling Camps for a spot in a quad, a double, and a single that will race at the Trials.  Robinson will attend camp at the GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, CT.

With both the men’s and women’s teams having successful seasons, beginning with a double victory in the men’s and women’s collegiate eight events at the Head of the Charles in October 2008, the streng th and skill of these athletes and their impact upon the top Williams boats was apparent to the national rowing audience.

Additionally, their erg scores were used when being considered for selection camp. Robinson, Ward, and Kenefick attended the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in February 2009 and garnered impressive results for their efforts.  Robinson captured the U23 Lightweight title, a result that put her fifth overall among all lightweight women.  Kenefick was seventh overall for lightweight men and second among U23 lightweights, while Ward was 27th overall and 17th among U23 lightweights. 

Robinson, currently the stroke of the Williams varsity eight boat, led her teammates to the New England Rowing Championship title this past weekend at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA, where they defeated runner-up Bates College by 2.2 seconds.   

“GMS is lucky to have [Katherine],” remarked women’s head coach Justin Moore.  “She is now moving from the DIII pool of talent to the national pool.  She proved that she was capable of competing within this pool at the CRASH-Bs this winter, now it's time for her to prove that she can compete on the water.”

Ward is currently the five-seat in the varsity eight, while Kenefick rows in three-seat.  Most recently, the varsity eight captured their first New England Rowing Championship since 1996, defeating Trinity College, the four-time defending New England champions. 

Men’s head coach Ben Lewis was pleased to learn two of his athletes would be considered for national team spots. “Dan is young, talented, and hard working, and has the ability to both sweep and scull,” said Lewis.  “I would have been surprised had he not been invited to the camp.  I am delighted that Andy is being considered as well, and I am sure that rowing with people of a similar or higher level ability will be a huge lesson and enable him to move to another level.”

While Robinson, Ward, and Kenefick have competitive rowing to look forward to this summer, they will first join their Williams teammates this weekend to compete at the ECAC National Invitational Championships on the Cooper River in Camden County, New Jersey.  The Williams women finished first at this regatta last year, while the men placed fourth. 


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