Honoress showed success in both academics and athletics
Kinsman Award to Diana Filipek of rowing and Ali Aserlind of swimming
Group to receive awards at 59th annual dinner on Monday night in Storrs
Team returns to action next weekend at Knecht Cup
Bott the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight advanced out of heats
AT UCONN: Is in her fourth year as a member of the team. FALL 2011: Stroked the varsity eight that placed third at the Head of the Charles and third at the Head of the Fish. 2010-11: Stroked the varsity eight. 2009-10: Competed in the varsity four and the junior varsity eight; finished the season as two seat of the junior varsity. 2008-09: Stroked the novice eight that placed third at the Dad Vail Regatta.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Bishop Eustace Prep ... earned three varsity letters as a member of the rowing team ... was a member of the varsity eight that was Stotesbury Cup Champions and the Philadelphia City Champions ... in junior year, stroked the 2V8 that won bronze at the Philadelphia City Championship and SRAA Nationals ... participated in the Women's Royal Henley Regatta ... graduated with honors having completed the cum laude program.
PERSONAL: Diana Rae Filipek ... nursing major ... born on November 3, 1989.
PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: "After graduation, I plan to take the NCLEX and start work as a registered nurse. I am looking to work on the East Coast, preferably. I hope to work either on a medical-surgical floor, or a critical care unit, so that I am able to gain the experience to pursue graduate school to become a nurse anesthetist."
FILIPEK ON ROWING AT UCONN: "After four years of rowing at UConn I have found a new love and appreciation for the sport I have dedicated nine years of my life to. The program at UConn allowed me to not only have a "family" here, but also promoted self-discipline and determination. I have been part of the ultimate team sport, and know that the knowledge and skills I have regarding teamwork will definitely translate to my Nursing career. I have found some of my best friends within the Rowing family, and I know that these four years of rowing here have allowed me to grow as an athlete, as well as an individual. The Coaching staff has fostered a strong positive environment and always promoted the concept of a Student-Athlete, strongly emphasizingsuccess on and off the water. The hard work that I put into this program over the past four years has fostered the mindset that I can do anything I put my mind to. I have learned so much through rowing, especially at UConn, and believe that it has allowed me to find who I truly am. I am so proud of what I, and my fellow seniors, have accomplished in rowing, as well as academics, at UConn. I know that I will cherish these memories and friendships for many years to come.