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Kaess Smit
Position: Starboard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 192
Year: Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: The Haverford School

National Team
Helped the U.S. Four to the bronze medal at the 2013 World U-23 Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.

2013-14 (Junior)
Member of the varsity eight lineup … went undefeated in three races at the Stanford Invitational, picking up wins over No. 12 Wisconsin, UCSD and USD … notched two wins at the Davis Invitational, coming in first for the varsity eight and varsity four … claimed third place in the Grand Final of the San Diego Crew Classic after winning the prelims heat … defeated No. 18 Oregon State in head-to-head action … lost in a dual race against No. 3 Washington … sat in the bow seat of Stanford’s third place finish in the Men’s Championship Four at the 49th Head of the Charles regatta.

2012-13 (Sophomore)
All-Pac-12 team selection … Pac-12 All-Academic first team choice … competed with the Varsity I Eight for all the races … eighth place at the IRA National Championships … earned silver at the Pac-12 Championships … captured the Schwabacher Cup for the first time since 2008 by defeating Cal at The Big Row … downed Wisconsin, Oregon State and Orange Coast College in head-to-head action at the Stanford Invitational … won the UC Davis Invite, finishing ahead of Santa Clara and Sonoma State … finished second in the race for the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic … third place at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival … member of the men’s four that captured the Championship Four class at the Head of the Charles regatta.

2011-12 (Freshman)
Rowed with the Frosh Eight that placed 14th overall and second in the third final of the IRA National Championships … member of the Frosh Eight that placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships … novice eight won the Head of the Lagoon, defeating varsity eights from Sacramento State, UC Davis and Santa Clara in the Open 8 division.

High School
Rowed three years varsity at Saint Louis Rowing Club, one year varsity at Haverford ... won Best Novice and Best Varsity Rower awards ... fourth place in 4+ at Junior Nationals ... fourth place in 2- at Junior Nationals ... 12th place in U.S. 4- at 2011 Junior World Championships.

Parents are Neil and Barbara … has one brother, Willem ... majoring in mechanical engineering.