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

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)

  • All-Pac-12 team selection 
  • Member of the varsity eight lineup 
  • Won two races, including the C Final to place 13th at the IRA National Championships 
  • Earned a bronze medal at the Pac-12 Championships 
  • 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 
  • Lost to No. 2 Cal in the Big Row 
  • 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
  • IRA All-Academic team 
  • 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

Personal

  • Parents are Neil and Barbara
  • Has one brother, Willem 
  • Majoring in mechanical engineering
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