Kaitlyn Kynast


Date of birth






Began Rowing

2014, Connecticut Boat Club


Ridgefield, Conn.


Cleveland, Ohio

Current residence

Stanford, Calif.

High School

Ridgefield High School

Undergraduate Education

Stanford University

Training Location

Princeton, N.J.

Current Coach

Derek Byrnes, Brett Gorman, Megan Cooke

Club Affiliations

Stanford University



2015 - 2017

National Teams

Four – Junior, 2015-17; Under 23, 2018

International Results


World Rowing Junior Championships

Third, women's four


World Rowing Junior Championship

Third, women's pair


World Rowing Junior Championships

First, women's four

International Results

Won bronze in the four at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships...Won bronze in the pair at the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships...Won gold in the four at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.

National Results

Finished fourth in the varsity eight at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships...Won gold in the pair at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships...Won gold in the pair and bronze in the eight at the 2016 USRowing Youth National Championships...Finished fourth in the four with coxswain at the 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships.


Kaitlyn started rowing as a way to train for lacrosse season after two concussions ended her basketball career. Her sister was already rowing at Connecticut Boat Club, and after doing her first erg piece, she was invited to join the World Development Team in Spain. Kaitlyn lists her mom as the most influential person in her life and sporting career. She aspires to be the best in the world, which would include winning gold in the Olympics and winning an NCAA Championship. Her motto is, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

Kaitlyn Kynast
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