June 5, 2009
Senior crew and team captain Kelly McKenna was named to the elite list of All-American crew at the All-American Banquet Wednesday night. The honor of crew All-American status, conferred upon a maximum of 20 sailors per year, is commonly referred to as the most difficult All-American list to make. The crew must show that he or she improves a skipper's results. The committee also takes into account body mechanics in the boat and leadership.
McKenna sailed in many events throughout the year for the Cardinal. She crewed for a number of different skippers in both coed and women's events. While she is doubtlessly a fantastic crew in terms of her physical abilities and body mechanics, Kelly's greatest contributions to the team this year came in her role as captain. In a year with a new head coach, Kelly bridged the gap between the coaching staff and team member effortlessly and effectively. She led by example as well, always pushing everyone around her to get better all the time. With a number of walk-on crews joining the team in the fall, Kelly would often reach out to make everyone feel comfortable both on and off the water.
McKenna will be sorely missed next year. She is the only three-time All-American crew in the history of Stanford Sailing.