STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's rowing team has selected seniors Diana Gryszkiewicz, Elise McCormick, and Haley Ullinger as team captains for the 2014-15 season, as announced by head coach Jennifer Wendry on Thursday.
"I am happy for our three captains to be recognized by the team as outstanding leaders," said Wendry. "Their leadership, along with the leadership of the rest of the senior class, will help our team achieve the goals we have set for this year."
Gryszkiewicz enters her fourth season on the team after helping the second varsity eight to a third-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championship in May.
"The senior class agreed to set the example to the rest of the team that we will give 200-percent during everything we do and our success has been showing in the weight room, on the erg, and on the water," said Gryszkiewicz. "We got our foot in the door at the American Athletic Conference Championships last spring, and we will not back down until we win the conference and go to NCAA's this May."
McCormick earns the honor after competing as coxswain of the second varsity eight at The American Championships. She has been coxing for over eight years and was also a team captain at Glastonbury High School.
"Our program has been going through exciting changes with receiving more funding and transferring to The American Athletic Conference," said McCormick. "Our team still has a buzz from placing third in the conference championships last year and we all want to keep that going this year. I think our team is going to move to the next level of competition this year and we have a great chance of winning the conference."
Ullinger, who has been rowing since eighth grade, is poised for another successful season after competing in the varsity eight that placed third at the American Athletic Conference Championship
"Coach Wendry has always talked about how team chemistry can make-or-break a season," said the senior. "Our team had great camaraderie last year that contributed to our success, which has definitely carried into this year. We have the fitness, talent and ability to be successful; we just need to focus on our goals for the year and we should have an exceptional season."
The Huskies are set to open their fall 2014 slate on Oct. 5 when the squad heads to Hartford for the Head of the Riverfront Regatta. To keep up with the team, please follow @UConnRowing on Twitter and on Facebook.