Varsity eight finishes third in petite final and second varsity eight fourth in grand.
AT UCONN: Is in her fourth season as a member of the team.
2012-13: Competed as a member of the first and second varsity eights; finished the season as bow seat of the first varsity eight. Also competed in two seat of the varsity eight that placed second at the Head of the Riverfront, two seat of the Club Four that placed fifth at the Head of the Charles, and stroked the varsity eight that placed third at the Head of the Fish in the fall of 2012.
2011-12: Competed in the first and second varsity eights; finished the spring season as bow seat of the second varsity eight. Also competed in seven seat of the second varsity eight that placed third at the Head of the Fish in the fall of 2011.
2010-11: Competed as a member of the second varsity eight; finished the season in two seat.
2009-10: Stroked 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 Avon High School ... earned three varsity letters as a member of the crew team and was captain ... also earned the Hammer Award for best 2K erg score ... earned a varsity letter in softball ... was a member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Melissa Ann Soucie ... natural resources major with a concentration in geomatics ... born on April 22, 1991.
PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: "I am currently in the process of applying to jobs and interviewing for environmental science related positions. I intend to have a job offer by the time I graduate and I am eager to apply the knowledge that I have accumulated over four years. I endeavor to return to school to obtain my master's degree but I would first like to gain firsthand experience in the field to evaluate my options."
SOUCIE ON ROWING AT UCONN: "In my final spring semester, I am enrolled in a class where we are introduced to the math behind global positioning systems. My professor, Dr. Meyer, is renowned in the subject, having written a textbook on the subject and worked for the NGS (akin to CIA of geographic information and developing GPS technology) holding top-secret clearance. That all said, he has an extensive list of amazing accomplishments and is a genius. This is my third course with him, and as such we have developed a professional relationship; he understands I am a rower, and we have discussed my practices and schedule before. One morning before lecture, I was talking about practice to one of my peers as Dr. Meyer listened in. He adds, in a truly serious and sincere tone, `I have no idea how you do what you do.' While I have heard this before, it's something that has stuck with me for a while since. With all his accomplishments, I am the one shocking him with my commitment and dedication. My ability to both physically and mentally push through something that normal people don't. As a part of this team, we may not be national rowers, but we are still elite individuals. For the unnatural amount of time, thought, and physical work we put into this team, we are elite. For our ability to work not only as a team, but as an inseparable unit, to accomplish our goal, we are elite. What I have learned from being a part of this team and sport is that, no matter what boat you're in, you're part of an elite group and participate in something that shocks even the most successful people."