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Husky Rowers Honored By CRCA

Laura Webster

May 29, 2014

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut junior Laura Webster (Seymour, Conn.) was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Central Region First Team. Webster was the seven seat of UConn's varsity eight for much of the season, including UConn's third place finish at the American Athletic Conference championship and third in the petite final at the Dad Vail Regatta.

"I am very excited that Laura received First Team All-Region recognition," said UConn coach Jennifer Wendry. "She has developed tremendously since walking onto the team in the fall of 2012. Laura is a great athlete with a competitive drive which has driven her success in the sport. I look forward to watching Laura continue to develop into a powerhouse for us and she will be an integral part of the future success of our program."

In addition, three Husky rowers were named to the CRCA Scholar-Athlete team - senior Charlotte Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.), senior Julia Roth (Weston, Conn.) and senior Chelsea Zabel (Guilford, Conn).

Kelley is a five-time Dean's List student and earns this recognition for the third-straight year. An allied health major, she was an intern this past semester at the UConn Health Center studying novel antigens in breast cancer to target using immunotherapy. She was the coxswain of the varsity eight boat this spring.

Roth, who is also an allied health major, earned the CRCA honor for the second-straight year. She will now pursue a master's degree in physical therapy. She was the six seat of the varsity eight boat this spring.

Zabel is a communications science major and has been a student facilitator for UConn Connects - an intervention program that helps students to be more academically successful. She has also volunteered in the summer program at the UConn American English Language Institute, to help international students better understand English. She was the two seat of the second varsity eight this spring.