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Rowing Adds Newcomers To Program

UConn rowing will has a talented incoming class.

June 25, 2014

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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut rowing program will have an additional 12 new members to its team in the fall of 2014 in addition to the five student-athletes who committed last fall brining the newcomers to a total number of 17.

This recent group of newcomers includes transfers and incoming freshmen from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and the country of Scotland. The class is the largest and strongest in the history of the UConn rowing program.

"I couldn't be happier with our incoming class" said UConn head coach Jennifer Wendry. "We have a large group with a variety of backgrounds in rowing and other sports. They will be a great addition to our returning athletes and will help tremendously with the depth of our program as we look to improve upon our third place finish at the 2014 American Conference Championship."

The following are biographies on the 12 new members of the team who recently committed to the program.

Kim Dineen

High School: Greenwich (Conn.)

Years Rowed: Six

Outstanding Accomplishments: Made the honor roll all four years of high school and earned a silver medal at the 2013 USRowing Northeast Regionals.

Intended Major: Kinesiology

Why did you pick UConn: "I picked UConn because it was the perfect fit for me. I knew it could provide me with great opportunities both academically and athletically as well as provide me with a strong community feeling. I know these will be the best four years if my life."

Jane Eklund

High School: Hollis Brookline (Mass.)

Years Rowed: One

Other Sports: Track and Field (shot put)

Outstanding Accomplishments: Member of the National Honor Society

Intended Major: English

Why did you pick UConn: "I decided to go to UConn due to the fact that there's a wonderfully energetic atmosphere about the place - there are just so many opportunities offered to students so that they may grow into intelligent and well-rounded individuals."

Lindsey Fecko

High School: West Windsor Plainsboro South (N.J.)

Rowing Team: Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer Juniors Rowing Club

Years Rowed: Three

Other Sports: Field Hockey and Lacrosse

Intended Major: Communications

Why did you pick UConn: "I wanted a big school where I could have a quintessential college experience. I've always loved New England and have always wanted to go to school up there. Uconn is a highly ranked school with amazing school spirit and I just thought that it was the right place for me."

Mae Hanson

High School: Pomfret School (Conn.)

Years Rowed: Three

Other Sports Played: Field Hockey

Outstanding Accomplishments: Benoit Manager of the Year (Girl's Ice Hockey Team 2013-2014); High Honor Roll Student; National Latin Exam (NLE) Perfect Score (2011); NLE Summa Cum Laude (2012 and 2013); NLE Maxima Cum Laude (2014).

Intended Major: Athletic Training

Why did you pick UConn: "I chose UConn for the amazing pre-kinesiology and athletic training programs and for the possibility of pursuing a Division I rowing career."

Nikoline Laidlaw

High School: Dunblane High School (Scotland); The Kent School (Conn.)

Years Rowed: One

Other Sports Played: Basketball and swimming

Outstanding Accomplishments: Represented Scotland in Under-15 basketball; finished 4th at Scottish national 1500 meter freestyle and fourth at Danish national 800 meter freestyle in swimming. Earned varsity letters for basketball and rowing at Kent school.

Intended Major: Marine Biology

Why did you pick UConn: "I chose UConn for its wide range in biology, especially marine biology. I also look forward to the opportunity to row for a Division I program."

Allison Laska

High School: Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (Conn.)

Rowing Team: Riverfront Recapture

Years Rowed: Five

Other Sports Played: Swimming

Outstanding Accomplishments: Recognized as a rower who exemplifies leadership, dedication and sacrifice to Riverfront Recaptures rowing program; Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award -Recognized as an outstanding student leader and selected by a consensus of high school staff.

Intended Major: Biology

Why did you pick UConn: "I chose UConn because of the school spirit and the opportunities offered. I grew up visiting UConn as a young girl and always imagined myself as a Husky. The reputation of the University's rigorous academic programs and athletic facilities was what I was looking for in a college. Immediately after my visit, I knew that I wanted to become part of the team!"

Kelly Laska

High School: Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (Conn.)

Years Rowed: Five

Other Sports Played: Swimming and indoor track

Outstanding Accomplishments: Coach's Award (Rowing); Most Improved (Rowing & Track) Leadership Award; UConn Leadership Scholarship; SMSA Athletic Backers Club Scholarship; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Scholarship; SMSA Award Great Leadership through rowing

Intended Major: Pre-medicine

Why did you pick UConn: "I chose UConn because of its academic rigor, diversity, and the close-knit, family feel on campus. I am extremely excited and grateful to be attending UConn in the fall and know that my years to come at the school will be more than memorable and very rewarding."

Samantha Mairson

Previous School: Elon University (N.C.) High School: Tolland (Conn.)

Other Sports Played: Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee

Intended Major: Journalism

Outstanging Accomplishments: Youth Congressional award for Service; hiked the Appalachian Trail

Why did you pick UConn: "UConn offers a great education at a very affordable price and the university is part of community that is very close to my heart."

Sierra Mazur

High School: Avon (Conn.)

Years Rowed: Four

Outstanding Accomplishments: Five-year letterwinner in rowing; set a new school women's 6k record in Fall 2012; finished first in the novice 8+ at the 2011 Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Association Championship; High school scholar athlete.

Intended Major: Pre-education major

Why did you pick UConn: "I feel that UConn is the perfect package with infectious school spirit, excellent academics and a wildly talented student body. UConn has everything to offer and everything to gain, and I take great pride in being a husky."

Sara Nelson

High School: Shrewsbury (Mass.)

Years Rowed: Four

Other Sports Played: Basketball

Outstanding Accomplishments: Member of the National Honors Society; graduated in the top 20% of her high school class; co-captain of the Shrewsbury HS rowing team; team MVP in 2013.

Intended Major: Environmental sciences

Why did you pick UConn: "I have always been a UConn fan in every aspect. My sister just graduated from UConn and has always expressed how helpful everyone was in ensuring her success and meeting her interests. I am excited to enter into a school that will be able to work with me and help me be successful throughout my career as a student. I was also compelled by the amazing opportunity to row for a great program. After having met some of the coaches, I realize that they would be and have been just as helpful as everyone else I have met at UConn. I look forward to becoming a Husky this fall."

Isabel Thompson

Previous School: Springfield College (Mass.)

High School: Guilford (Conn.)

Years Rowed: Four

Other Sports Played: Indoor track

Outstanding Accomplishment: Co-captain of high school rowing team.

Intended Major: Business

Why did you pick UConn: "I wanted to transfer to UConn because I felt I'd receive more opportunity and gain more from my specific major."

Katie Ullinger

Previous School: University of Rhode Island

High School: Spackenkill (N.Y.)

Years Rowed: Two

Other Sports Played: Field Hockey and swimming

Outstanding Accomplishments: Member of swimming team at URI; member of the National Honors Society; was on the Dean's list at URI. Intended Major: Education

Why did you pick UConn: "UConn offers a great elementary education program and is very school spirited! It will also be very nice to be with my sister!"

Katherine Vorih

High School: East Lyme (Conn.)