Aug. 3, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Two months after capping a tremendous season in which the Engineers won the Petite Final en route to a seventh-place finish at the IRA National Championships, MIT women's lightweight crew has changed command, but not its focus, as it prepares for another exciting campaign. Claire Kostrzewski, who served last season as Tech's novice coach, was promoted to head coach of the lightweight program, while Kostrzewski brought in accomplished rower Amelia Booth to take over the reins of the novice boats.
Kostrzewski assisted last season in the lightweight program's rise to contention among the nation's elite and should be in position to repeat last year's success after inheriting a group of rowers she led to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 Eastern Sprints.
Kostrzewski joined the MIT coaching staff in 2006 after spending five years competing for Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Pa. At Vesper, Kostrzewski regularly competed at various US national selection races and while training, Kostrzewski coached Lower Merion High School to a Stotesbury Cup Championship.
While Kostrzewski will turn her attention to MIT's varsity crew, Amelia Booth is primed to develop the next class of Tech rowers after joining the staff following a three-year stint at Brookline (Mass.) High School. During her tenure with Brookline, Booth paced the Warriors to two state championships.
Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Booth learned to row at the Nichols School and the West Side Rowing Club. She went on to compete as a four-year member of the varsity eight at Duke University where she was named to the All-South region team three times and won the collegiate lightweight title at CRASH-B sprints.