AT UCONN: Is in her fourth year as a member of the team ... .in the fall of 2009, rowed four seat of the varsity eight. 2008-09: Rowed two seat of the varsity eight. 2007-08: Competed in the varsity eight and the junior varsity eight; ended the season in four seat of the junior varsity. 2006-07: Began the season as four seat of the novice eight; finished the season as four seat of the junior varsity.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Essex Junction High School in Essex Junction, Vt. ... played four years of rugby ... team was 2006 State Champions ... National Honor Society member ... Honor Roll student.
PERSONAL: Jennifer Lauren Reynolds ... chemical engineering major ... born on August 2, 1988.
PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: "At the end of the summer, I will be moving to Alexandria, Va., to start working for an engineering consulting firm, MPR Associates. Before the big move, I will be spending time at home with my family enjoying my last summer of freedom."
REYNOLDS ON ROWING AT UCONN: "When I think back on the three, almost four, years I have been apart of the UConn rowing Team, I find myself almost at a loss for words. How can I explain an experience that has ruled my life for so long? While I would never venture to call myself an adult, this certainly is the end of my childhood, and the role that this sport and team has played in my growth is extensive. When starting college as an 18 year old, I knew little of responsibility, but now, as I approach graduation, I know what the word means -- and it is a lot more complicated than I ever thought. Responsibility means going to bed hours before your friends - and waking up hours before them too. Responsibility means lugging textbooks on five hour bus rides, it means making sure you eat full meals and pack snacks because if you row, you will always be hungry. It means being there for your teammates to help them on the hard pieces, and knowing that they too are watching your performance. You must take ownership of your failures, acknowledging when you could do better, and then doing better the next time. But responsibility yields rewards like nothing else can. When things go well, you know that you had a hand in the success, whatever it might be. And the good strokes, the fast sprints, the big maxes, when you can step off the water, off the platform, away from the erg and say `Yes, that was me. That was the best I have, and it was enough' are the moments that I will remember forever."
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