Just two years ago, Moses Brown student Brigid Kennedy was an entrant in the Narragansett Boat Club’s (NBC) scholastic program. After dedicating herself to the sport she has taken her skills to the international level, winning competitions in Washington D.C., Florida and now a Junior Women’s event in Italy. From her humble beginnings at Moses Brown, she has evolved quickly as a rower through her strength, dedication and through the coaching of NBC’s Peter Wilhelm.
The Italian Sculling Challenge took place in the scenic Lake Orta at the foot of the Alps. Despite the surroundings, the event was anything but a leisure trip. Brigid and other rowers were tasked to row 6,000 meters with a turnaround halfway through, and Brigid achieved an impressive time of 28’ 11.6”, trumping the Junior Women’s category by more than a minute. Furthermore, she placed 42nd overall in a race of 84 contestants hailing from three different continents and a variety of age groups. Her victory in Italy is only the beginning for Brigid though, as she plans to follow her motto “Have oars, will travel” in her future exploits.