CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This summer Clare Flanagan '11 and Kate Hoff '08 received invitations to represent the MIT women's lightweight rowing program at the United States Rowing Sculling Development Camp. Held at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Pa., the focus of the camp is developing lightweight women in sculling as this is the only racing opportunity on the international stage for lightweight women.
Flanagan, a walk-on for the Engineers her freshman year, was the stroke of the 2010 varsity eight and is a two-time recipient of the program's Most Inspirational Award. She will enter her senior season as one of the squad's co-captains. Hoff, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at University of California-San Diego, was also recognized twice with the Most Inspirational Award.
The athletes rowed 10 times a week, logging 24 kilometers per day training in singles, doubles, and quads on the Schuylkill River. The camp culminates July 14-18 with racing at the US Rowing Club National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Claire Martin-Doyle, MIT's lightweight head coach, leads the program under the direction of Michiel Bartman, the Vesper head coach. Bartman, who competed for Netherlands, is a three-time Olympic medalist and three-time World Champion. Upon his arrival at Vesper in 2004, Bartman's crews have represented the United States at the World Championships while several of his athletes have earned spots in U.S. national team boats.