Michael Knippen


Date of birth






Began Rowing

Seattle Rowing Center, 2012


Germantown, Wis.


Milwaukee, Wis.

Current residence

Seattle, Wash.

Undergraduate Education

University of Wisconsin

Training Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Coach

Sean Hall, Carlos Dinares, Conal Groom

Club Affiliations

Seattle Rowing Center

National Teams

Two – Senior, 2018-19

International Results

Finished eighth in the quadruple sculls at the 2019 World Rowing Cup II...Finished 11th in the quadruple sculls at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

National Results

Won the quadruple sculls at the 2019 Senior, U23, U19, Para World Championships Trials III...Won the single sculls at the 2019 Senior World Championships Trials I...Finished sixth in the second varsity eight at the 2016 Eastern Sprints and fifth at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships.


Michael majored in biochemistry and applied mathematics in biological structures. He received All-Big Ten Academic Honors in the 2012-2013 rowing season. Michael worked and coached for a year after graduation. In 2018, he lived on both coasts and trained in every boat class besides the elusive triple. His mom, dad, and younger brother have been extremely supportive of his journey. His favorite place is Waupaca, Wis.

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