Patrick Kenny ('11) at the Under-23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus
The heats for U23 Worlds began on Thursday, July 22nd, and the first race for the men's coxed four featuring the composite boat from Penn A.C. was the seventh of the morning. The first thousand meters of the race was tightly contested, with first and fifth place separated by a mere boat length. During the course of the final thousand meters, however, a strong German boat made its move and captured the winning position with a time of 6:15.88. While the US held strong, it was relegated to fifth place in a time of 6:26.42 (only .18 seconds behind fourth).
After failing to qualify in the top two positions in the heats, the US boat competed in the repechage the following day. A top two finish in the repechage would mean a coveted spot in the A final for the US boat. After a tight race all the way down the course, the US finished in third place behind Croatia in a time of 6:27.70. The US competed in the B final the following day and placed 3rd (9th overall) in 6:33.64.
This was Kenny's first year on the United States Under-23 National Team, and the first time a University of Delaware rower has been represented on the U23 squad.
"The experience that I gained racing at the U23 World Championships was enormous,” said Kenny. “The level of talent at the international stage and the high caliber rowing was truly an amazing sight to behold. To take part in the regatta was an even more eye-opening experience. The emotions that come along with representing your country are ones that I can not begin to explain in words, but what I can say is I learned a great amount from racing at worlds”
Kenny has senior national team aspirations and further eligibility for the Under-23 squad. After a summer of outstanding racing nationally and the high privilege to represent his country at an international level, he has a lot to look forward to.
He added, “I gave everything I had to represent my country to the best of my ability and it was a fantastic ride."
Full Results: U-23 World Championships via WorldRowing.com (the coxed four competed in races 7, 61, and 127)
Official USRowing Pat Kenny bio: USRowing