STORRS, Conn. – For senior rower Arielle Sherman-Golembeski, her time on the UConn rowing team has meant more than just athletic achievements over the past four years at the Division I level. It has provided time for personal growth.
A key piece of the rowing program since the 2013-14 season, Sherman-Golembeski has competed in numerous races – including the Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, and the last three American Athletic Conference Championships.
Despite her role as an athlete, she has learned to embrace her personal development as time has progressed at UConn, using her rowing experiences to assist her in life experiences.
“Reflecting on the last four years, I’ve really grown into a person and an athlete. From my time with the team, I have learned so much about myself and I am thankful for all the different experiences I have gotten through being a student-athlete,” said Sherman-Golembeski.
Not only has the rowing program made an impact on her, but she can see how it has positively affected her teammates as a whole.
“I can only speak for myself, but I have seen how being on a team positively impacts the people involved,” said Sherman-Golembeski. “You can only control the work you do and you put into it, and once you put all those pieces together, you see and feel the power a team’s culture has on reaching goals.”
Now in her final season with the Huskies, Sherman-Golembeski is working to make it a memorable campaign as UConn’s boats enter the last month of spring competition.
With the American Athletic Conference Championship scheduled for May 13 in Sarasota, Fla., she and her teammates are looking forward to a strong finish.
“In my four years, I think this year has been the most prepared we have been going into the championship. Mentally, we have all been getting more confident leaving practice and going into races,” said Sherman-Golembeski.
When the UConn boats touch the water in Sarasota, it will be not be new territory for the five seniors on the team. Back in 2014, it was Sherman-Golembeski who took third place as part of the Second Varsity 8+.
“Being a part of the bronze medal boat was awesome. Getting that opportunity my freshman year was something I would have never thought I’d be able to experience as a first-year athlete,” said Sherman-Golembeski.
On April 26, Sherman-Golembeski will be one of two rowing student-athletes to be named an Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete at the 64th Annual UConn Club Awards Ceremony. She is a team captain this season and a three-time member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
A native of Old Lyme, Conn., she plans to attend graduate school at Columbia University’s School of Social Work following commencement in May.
The Huskies race at Holy Cross on Saturday, as the spring season rolls on for rowing.