Grandson of NP couple competes on U.S. rowing team

Kenny McMahon, son of Bob and Peggy McMahon of Ladysmith, WI, and grandson of Harold and Terry McMahon of New Prague, represented the United States in the World Rowing Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland, this summer.

McMahon joined the rowing team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a walk-on during his freshman year in 2004. That team took second place this June in the men's pair at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. With his Wisconsin coaches urging, he submitted times and tried out for the U.S. Rowing National team. In June, he was invited to be part of the U.S. Rowing Development Camp. The goal was to pick four young men to represent the United States in the 23-and-under World Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland, in the Men's Lightweight-4. Kenny, along with three other young men from Princeton and Yale, left for Scotland with 36 other U.S. men and women rowers.

Competition began July 26 with approximately 700 rowers from 52 countries. The event was described by worldrowing.com as a showcase of up-and-coming athletes who are too old to compete at a junior level but are still in need of further development to rank among the top elite rowers.

In the Men's Lightweight-4, there were three heats of six teams representing 17 countries. Kenny's team took second place in their heat, coming in 2.56 seconds after Greece. That qualified them for the semifinals on Saturday, guaranteeing the team a top-12 finish. They placed 11th in the event.

Kenny has returned from Scotland and is preparing for his senior year at Madison, where he is an environmental science major.

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