June 16, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut rower Madelyn Walters (Orleans, Mass.) will participate in the US Rowing Women's National Team Freshman Camp at Cornell University from June 19-25.
The Freshman Camp is for athletes with elite level potential and aspirations, but who have only one or two years of collegiate rowing experience. The goal of the camp is to expose athletes to the national team experience training two to three times per day, row in all boat categories, learn technical and physiological basics and train with athletes of a similar caliber. This camp is for athletes that have the physiological potential and the desire to learn more about the national team.
Walters joined the UConn team as a freshman last fall and competed in the second varsity eight this past spring. She came to UConn with no rowing experience but was a three-sport star at Nauset High School.
"The national camp will be a great experience for Madelyn," said UConn head coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry. "It will be an opportunity for her to compete with the best young collegiate rowers in the country. Madelyn is a great example of how an athlete can compete in rowing on the collegiate level, yet not have any previous experience in the sport. She had a tremendous career in others sports and is very talented and rowing lends itself to a transition of other sports to this one."
She earned four letters in women's soccer and was an Atlantic Coast League All-Star her junior and senior years. Walters also played basketball and was on the Cape and Island All-Star Team and the Atlantic Coast League All-Star team in her junior and senior years.
Walters was also a track and field standout as she qualified for the state meet in her freshman, junior and seniors years and was all-conference her sophomore year.