Honoress showed success in both academics and athletics
Awardees must carry a 3.5 cumlative GPA or better
Group to receive awards at 59th annual dinner on Monday night in Storrs
Team returns to action next weekend at Knecht Cup
UConn varsity eight was third of 14 crews
AT UCONN: Is in her third year as a member of the team. FALL 2011: Competed in seven seat of the varsity eight that placed third at the Head of the Charles and third at the Head of the Fish. 2010-2011: Was a member of the varsity eight; finished the season in seven seat. 2009-10: Competed in seven seat of the first novice eight that placed third at the Knecht Cup Regatta, second at the BIG EAST Championships and first at the Dad Vail Regatta.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Tolland High School ... was a four letter winner in cross country, All-Conference all four years, All-State freshman and senior years, MVP sophomore, junior, and senior years, and team captain junior and senior years ... Scholar-Athlete ... high honor student ... class valedictorian.
PERSONAL: Kaitlyn Shoushan Clarke ... biomedical engineering major ... born on March 29, 1990.
PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: "After graduation, I plan on having a great weekend of rowing at Dad Vail and the BIG EAST! The weeks and months following that, however, are a little more uncertain. I have been actively pursuing a lot of biomedical engineering jobs in hopes of gaining field experience before returning to school to pursue my master's degree."
CLARKE ON ROWING AT UCONN: "A lot of people ask, why rowing? And to an outsider it must be hard to understand. The long hours at practice and in the weight room are tiring and time consuming - it's a lifestyle most would turn away from. However, for a rower these are things you thrive on. The hard practices that seem impossible yet somehow you manage to get through, the sunrises, the feel of the water underneath the boat and the thrill of winning medals are my fondest memories from college. My teammates, who have become my closest friends, are the amazing women that I have been fortunate enough to share all these memories with."