Kate MacKenzie is a recently retired rower of the US National Team. Her rise to the national team is quite phenomenal, and can be traced back to her college days.
She grew up in Novi, Michigan, and came to the University of Michigan without any rowing experience. In her first couple of weeks on campus, though, she heard about Michigan Rowing, and decided to attend a meeting that sought to recruit novice rowers on campus. The decision to attend that particular meeting would change her life.
She graduated the University of Michigan in 1998 and was recruited to the women’s USA rowing team. In 2002 she was part of the team that won a Gold medal (eights) at the 2002 World Championships. She was then selected to participate on the USA Rowing Team for the 2004 Olympic Games.
After the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Mackenzie retired to pursue a career as a corporate recruiter for a hedge called Two Sigma Investment based in New York City. When asked to reflect upon her accomplishments, she recently stated “I contribute a lot of my success in life to what I gained rowing for Michigan; I learned the importance of working hard for what you want. It also taught me to be resilient and push forward, no matter what might be in my way”.