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Kelly Foster

 

As a freshman at LSHS, Kelly Foster lettered in the shot put and discuss, but her interests and abilities soon took her to international rowing. By the time she graduated, in the top ten academically, in 2004, she had established herself as a world-class competitor, first, with a world indoor championship in Boston in 2003, then with the European open championship the same year, both on the ergometer, setting records she still holds. Kelly’s Junior National team won a silver medal in Greece at the 2003 Junior World Championships, and after rowing for Stanford University as a freshman and for the University of Washington - as a senior at UW Kelly and her team took second in the NCAA championships - Kelly began her coaching career, with stops at Lakeside High School, Seattle Area Rowing, the Pennsylvania Athletic Club, and the Sammamish Rowing Association, where she coached a team that, with its best record in club history, took second place at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest in the world. In 2014 Kelly began coaching Division I women rowers at the University of Portland, doubtless still aiming high.

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