Cambridge, Mass. (October 21) -- The MIT women's lightweight crew team has announced four newcomers to the program as members of the 2024 recruiting class. The team welcomes first-years Katherine Brennan (Birmingham, Ala.), Vanessa Vidic (Gibsonia, Pa.), Kelly Wang (Redmond, Wash.) and Alexis Zitzmann (Darien, Conn.).
"We're excited to welcome this small, but talented class of athletes to the team," said head coach Claire Martin-Doyle. "While we're disappointed that we won't have the chance to row together this fall, we know they will have a big impact on the lightweight squad as soon as we're back in the boathouse!"
Brennan, a native of Birmingham, Alabama who graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School, rowed for the Long Island Rowing Club and was the lightweight women's team captain in 2019-20. She captured first place in the Women's Varsity 1x at the 2019 LI Oar Regatta, as well as rowing in the stroke seat of the victorious Women's JV 4x boat. In addition, Brennan was the 2018 Sportsmanship Award winner, a member of the National Honor Society, the Cold Spring Harbor High School Commencement Speaker and a National AP Scholar.
Vidic, a native of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Hampton High School and was a three-time varsity letter winner. A rowing team captain as a junior and a senior, she most recently placed second in the Open Mixed 2x at the 2019 Speakmon Memorial Regatta, as well as third in the Women's Youth Lightweight 2x at the Head of the Ohio. In addition, she has captured six events during her career, including in the JV Women's Lightweight 4+ at the 2018 Pittsburgh Scholastic Sprints. Vidic is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club, while graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Wang is from Redmond, Washington, graduated from the Lakeside School and captured three varsity letters from 2017-20. She placed third in the Women's Lightweight 4+ at the 2018 Brentwood Regatta in British Columbia, Canada, as well as third in the Women's Lightweight 4+ at the 2018 USRowing Northwest Youth Championship. Wang also placed 17th in the Women's Lightweight 4+ at the 2018 USRowing Youth Nationals. In addition, Wang was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a member of the USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll and an AIME Qualifier.
Zitzmann, a native of Darien, Connecticut who graduated from Darien High School, rowed for the Maritime Rowing Club and was her class salutatorian. She placed 14th in the Women's 4x at the 2019 USRowing Youth Nationals and was third in the A Final of the Women's Youth 4x at the 2019 San Diego Crew Classic. Zitzmann also competed in the 2018 and 2019 Head of the Charles, where she was 34th in the Women's 4+ in 2018 and seventh in the Women's Youth Coxed Quad in 2019. In addition, she was a two-year captain of New Canaan Crew, the 2019 Pettee Cup recipient and the 2019 Cole-Campbell-Walsh Award winner for the Women's 4x. Zitzmann is also a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Mu Alpha Theta and four other honor societies.