May 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head rowing coach Jennifer Wendry will welcome 15 new freshman student-athletes to the Husky team in the fall of 2013. Here is a brief biography on each one of them:
Julia Calise is from East Providence, R.I. and graduated from Saint Mary Academy Bay View this spring. She previously rowed for the Narragansett Boat Club and for Bay View Academy. At Bay View Academy, Calise competed in the varsity program since her sophomore year. Calise was a member of the varsity eight and finished fourth at the 2012 NEIRA's. In addition to those accolades, Calise enjoys swimming and is the lead singer in her Angelican Church Choir. She plans on majoring in allied health sciences.
Danielle Chaloux is from Sandy Hook, Conn., and previously rowed for the GMS Rowing Center for two years. In addition to rowing, Chaloux participated in swimming and track, as well as leading her school's marching band as drum major. She is undecided in her major.
Katelin Greatsinger is from Middletown, Conn. Greatsinger has coxed for four years for Middletown High School. Greatsinger is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys playing guitar, saxophone and piano. She is undecided in her major.
Jennifer Jacobson, of Cherry Hill, N.J. previously rowed for two years at the South Jersey Rowing Club. While there, she finished first at the Head of Occoquan, the Cooper River Frost Bite Regatta and the Miami International Regatta. In addition to rowing, Jacobson also enjoys cross country, track, soccer, music and traveling. She has chosen psychology as her intended major.
Claire Kenison is from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and was part of the Saratoga Rowing Association for the past four years. Her second varsity eight, which won the New York state championship, finished second at Scholastic Nationals in 2012. Kenison was the state champion for the junior quad as well. Along with rowing, Kenison enjoys hiking, swimming and reading. She plans to major in physiology and neurobiology.
Kaitlyn McCann, of Ridgefield Conn, rowed for the Saugatuck Rowing Club and was part of lightweight eight team which finished tenth in Nationals in June. She has finished fourth at the Club Nationals Regatta in the Junior A2- and third at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic. Outside of rowing, Kaitlyn was also on a swim team for two years.
Lynette McNamara is from Farmington, Conn., and rowed for four years with Famington High School. She and her team received silver and bronze medals at the Connecticut State Championship and a silver medal at the Head of Connecticut. In addition to rowing, McNamara also played soccer. She enjoys cooking, snowboarding, hiking and painting. She plans to major in molecular and cell biology.
Sarah Norman, of South Glastonbury, Conn., has been rowing for Glastonbury High School for three years. In addition to rowing, Norman has also been a member of the varsity ski team as well. She intends to major in education and history.
Heather Norris will join the Huskies as a sophomore transfer student and is a native of Brookfield, Conn., where she received a Coaches' Award and MVP accolades. Besides rowing, Heather also played field hockey and was a swimmer in high school. Norris intends to major in English and women's studies.
Emily Ruddy, of Schwenksville, Pa., attended Mount St. Joseph Academy and previously rowed for four years. She was the gold medalist at the Philadelphia City Championship and finished third at the Scholastic National Regatta. Aside from rowing, Ruddy enjoys basketball and soccer.
Arielle Sherman-Golembeski is a native of Old Lyme, Conn. and attended Lyme-Old Lyme High School, where she rowed for four years. She finished first and second in the state championships in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Sherman-Golembeski also rowed for the Blood Street Sculls in the summer and fall. Besides rowing, Arielle also enjoys playing basketball as well as singing. She intends to major in either environmental science or psychology.
Hanna Soucie is from Avon, Conn., and has been rowing for four years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and on the Honor Roll. In addition to rowing, Soucie spends her time running, playing the cello, hiking and volunteering. She plans to be an environmental engineering major.
Julia Surkis is from Farmington, Conn, attended Farmington High School and previously rowed for four years with the Friends of Farmington Crew. She and her team finished second at the Connecticut State competition in 2011 and second at the New England Champion Regatta. Surkis' interests outside of rowing include community service and outreach programs, medical sciences and art. She intends to major in biology and would like to be a pediatric doctor.
Mai Walters is from Mystic, Conn, and attended Fitch High School. Walters rowed for Fitch and for the Noank Rowing Club for the past three years. She received the Silver medal in the Open Doubles Category at the 2012 Coast Weeks Regatta. Walters was the recipient of 2012 New College Junior Scholar Award. Besides rowing, her interests include ballet, photography and community service.
Danielle Wrubel is from Mansfield, Conn., and will remain in her hometown to become a Husky. Wrubel graduated from E.O. Smith High School where she rowed for two years and last year, she was part of the winning state championship boat. While at E.O. Smith, she also played field hockey, softball and track. She plans to double major in political science and economics.