AT UCONN: Is in her fourth year as a member of the team. FALL 2011: Competed in five seat of the second varsity eight that placed third at the Head of the Fish. 2010-11: Spent the season recovering from an injury. 2009-10: Competed in both the junior varsity eight and first varsity four; finished the season as stroke of the first varsity four. 2008-09: Competed in the junior varsity and novice eights; finished the season in four seat of the junior varsity eight.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Manchester Central High School ... was a member of the rowing team ... in senior year, was team captain and MVP ... honor roll student.
PERSONAL: Jessica Lynn Chames ... English major with a minor in business ... born on December 29, 1989.
PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: "After graduation, I plan on returning to New Hampshire to pursue sales and marketing positions within the business sector, with the hopes of eventually returning to school to get my master's degree."
CHAMES ON ROWING AT UCONN: "Often discussed in regards to rowing is its complete reliance on the ability of a group to function as a single unit, which vastly differs from sports that are able to both recognize and rely upon MVPs. Many therefore praise the humility of a rower who sacrifices recognition granted in more individualized sports for the sake of togetherness in a boat. However, I find few circumstances as compelling as being placed in a boat and given the responsibility of never shying away from exhaustion, pain and nausea for the sake of my teammates, if not myself. The last four years have only reaffirmed my belief that rowers are credited for being far more humble than they truly are. For what rower cannot attest to the incredible sense of duty and pride she feels towards her teammates as she sits amongst them at the start of a race? I can personally assure unaware appreciators of the sport that the last sensation a rower experiences seconds before the official cries out `Ready, Row!' is that of humility. Rather, an instant before the official's final call is delivered, the rower straightens her back and raises her chin. She sinks her oar into the water and locks herself into three-quarters position, ready for the two thousand meter course behind her. This single second is the moment that has always seen me through. It is a moment of anything but humility. It is an empowering thrill - for rower, coxswain and crew team alike.
Thank you to the University of Connecticut Women's Rowing team and coaching staff for this and so much more."