Hello! My name is Kelsey D’Amico, and I am the President of Purdue Crew for the 2020-2021 year. I am originally from Connecticut, but came to Purdue to pursue a degree in animal sciences and ultimately, veterinary medicine. In high school, I ran year-round, so as you can imagine, I did not have the most “traditional” rower physique. Nonetheless, I found my way to the boathouse for a callout before I started my freshman year, and I was immediately captured by the utter magic that goes on inside! Between those beautiful, sunny rows during the fall on the Wabash, and the undeniable competitive spirit that is the backbone of this team, I was hooked. The special people who call this team home, both present and past, as well as what rowing has taught me about work ethic, commitment, and comradery have become such a large part of who I am as an athlete and a person, and I feel so lucky to be able to call myself a member of this family. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us as a team as I begin my last year this fall.
This spring is obviously unlike any we have experienced on Purdue Crew, or in the world as a whole for that matter. I never imagined having to say goodbye like this to some of the most dedicated teammates and friends I’ve ever had. While I am so very saddened that the 17 seniors graduating this year did not get to have the spring season they spent four years earning, I also know that the best way to honor their legacy is to keep fighting for the goals and dreams they each had. I intend to bring their resilient spirit into this upcoming year, and I speak for all returning athletes in saying we will carry each one of them with us as the driving force for our future goals and successes. I greatly look forward to the time when we may once again pursue this mission together, united as a team. That being said, I know we are never far apart in mind and heart, and that we will rise from this seemingly insurmountable challenge, too. In the meantime, I hope everyone continues to stay healthy and safe. Boiler Up, Hammer Down, and Hail Purdue!