EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UConn rowing program hosted a special event on Saturday at Pratt & Whitney Stadium, as it celebrated its 20th anniversary with a Rowing Tailgate for alums and current student-athletes to share their experiences over the years.
The tailgate took place prior to the UConn-USF football game at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and it received a great turnout - bringing the UConn rowing community together to commemorate the program's promotion to a varsity sport in 1997.
Head coach Jennifer Wendry has been at the helm for each of those 20 seasons. Now in her 21st year with the Huskies, Saturday provided her with a homecoming feeling - getting the chance to see her former student-athletes.
"The event was a huge success. It was amazing to see so many people return to spend time with their UConn rowing family," said Wendry. "Life gets busy for everyone and opportunities to stay connected become few and far between. Yesterday brought many people together that haven't seen each other in a long time."
Set up in the parking lot outside the stadium, attendees were able to catch-up with each other while enjoying the traditional tailgate festivities of food and games, before heading in to see UConn football.
"We had a great time laughing and sharing stories, and I think it was great for our current student-athletes to see the women who make up the history of UConn rowing," said Wendry.
The fall season is now complete for the Huskies, following their races at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa. Saturday allowed UConn rowing to relax for a day and enjoy its history with former and current student-athletes.
"I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to coach these amazing women for the past 20 years," said Wendry. "I look forward to many more years to come."