Princeton, N.J. (May 18) -- While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of this year's international racing schedule, USRowing recently announced that MIT's Haley Higginbotham (Titusville, Fla.) and Jaime Martin (Wayland, Mass.) are amongst those who were selected to participate in the 2020 Under 23 Men's and Women's National Team Selection Camps this summer.
The top under 23 athletes were scheduled to vie for spots on the Under 23 National Team that would have competed at the 2020 World Rowing Under 23 Championships this August in Bled, Slovenia.
Higginbotham, a junior who is a bioengineering major, appeared in two regattas this season in the varsity 4 boat. She was in the No. 3 seat as her boat won the CRI Classic, while also rowing in the No. 3 seat of the V4 that was second at the Head of the Charles.
Martin, a sophomore who is a mathematics major, has appeared in seven career regattas for the Engineers. As a rookie, she was in the No. 7 seat of the V8 at the Knecht Cup as her boat finished second in the Petite Final.
"While understandably the pandemic has put a halt to the 2020 international racing schedule, USRowing wants to recognize those athletes who have earned invitations to our 2020 Under 23 National Team selection camps," said Matt Imes, USRowing High Performance Director. "While these athletes won't get the opportunity to represent the U.S. this summer, they make up an incredibly important part of our national team development program. We congratulate each of them on being selected for the camps and look forward to many of them representing Team USA in the future."
The U23 lightweight women's camp was scheduled to take place in Boston and be coordinated by Malcolm Doldron, the Boston University lightweight women's head coach.