Women's Rowing


  Nicole Destefano
Nicole  Destefano


Berwyn, Pa.

High School:
Conestoga Senior HS





Four-School Regatta On Tap For Rowing

UMass will face off against BU, Dartmouth and Northeastern on the Charles River this Sunday.


Second Varsity 8+ Takes Home Gold At Knecht Cup

The Second Varsity 8+ boat claimed first place in a field of 17 competitors at the Knecht Cup in New Jersey.


Rowing With Top Finishes At Knecht Cup

The UMass Novice 4+ boat will advance to the Grand Final tomorrow at the Knecht Cup.


Knecht Cup Up Next For UMass Rowing

The Minutewomen will send 11 boats for New Jersey races.


Rowing Takes Home Victory Over Connecticut

UMass rowing clinched first place in four of five events at Connecticut on Saturday.


UMass At The NCAA Championships (May 30)

UMass rowing at the NCAA Championships. Sacramento State Aquatics Center; Gold River, Calif. May 30, 2015.

2015 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
UMass Co-Athlete of the Week (May 6, 2015)

AS A SENIOR IN 2015-16
Spring 2016: Tallied a first place victory in the Varsity 8+ with a time of 6:43.57 in a dual regatta at Connecticut (4/2) … Sat four seat in the Varsity 8+ at the inaugural Doc Hosea Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (4/3) … Tallied a first place finish in the Varsity 8+ in a home dual-regatta against Connecticut with a time of 6:54.05 (4/2) … Took home fifth in the Varsity 8+ at the Knecht Cup after a 6:55.21 finish in the Grand Final. The crew opened the weekend with a win in Heat 4 at 7:18.91, followed by a second-place finish in Semifinal 3 at 6:54.83, good to advance to the Grand Final (4/10) … Destefano also teamed up with Hadley Irvin in the Varsity Pair event and captured a silver medal in the B Final (4/10) … Finished fourth in Varsity 8+ with a time of 6:40.3 at the Four-School Regatta on the Charles River against Boston University, Dartmouth and Northeastern (4/17).

Fall 2015: Sat fourth seat in the UMass A boat at the Princeton Chase and finished the three-mile course with a time of 15:47.7, good for 25th place of 65 (11/1) ... Finished sixth in the 2x A Final at the Collegiate Small Boat Challenge alongside Courtney Edson with a time of 8:01.9 (10/31) ... The pair qualified for the 2x A Final after taking first place in the preliminary round the afternoon prior (10/30) ... Finished 24th in the Championship 8+ at the Head of the Charles with a time of 17:37.8 (10/18) ... Competed at the Seven Sisters Sculling regatta and finished first in the 4x with a time of 17:59.3 (10/11) ... Finished ninth in the 8+ Collegiate at Head of the Housatonic in a time of 15:40.8, 20 seconds ahead of Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island (10/10).

AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15
Spring 2015: Was a member of the silver-medal winning Second Varsity 8+ boat in quad-meet with BC, MIT and Dartmouth (4/4) with a time of 8:10.90, less than four seconds behind the first place winner, Dartmouth ... Took second in the Varsity Pair race at the Knecht Cup Finals (4/12) with teammate Rachel Boudreau ... Earned first and third place finishes in the Varsity 8+ events on April 16 (UConn) and April 18 (BU, Northeastern and Brown), respectively ... Finished three seconds ahead of Rhode Island in the decisive Varsity 8+ race at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship that secured the title for UMass and granted the Minutewomen the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Earned first during the Varsity 8+ opening heat (6:46.947) at the Dad Vail Regatta (5/8) ... Also topped the semifinal Varsity 8+ race (6:31.808) at the Dad Vail Regatta (5/9) for a berth into the Grand Final ... Took home the Evelyn Bergman Trophy as the Varsity 8+ outpaced the field (6:36.376) during the Dad Vail Regatta Grand Finale (5/9) ... Was a member of the Varsity 8+ boat that placed 20th overall at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, Calif., and finished with a time of 6:56.967 in the "D" final on Championship on Sunday.

Fall 2014: Placed 14th in the Women's 8+ with a time of 15:35 and took second as a member of 4+, finishing in 17:35 at the Head of the Housatonic (10/11) ... At the Seven Sisters Sculling Regatta (10/12), earned a ninth place finish in 21:19.5 in the 1x event and a fourth place finish in the 2x with the time of 20:12.3 ... Picked up a silver medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta (10/18) as a member of the Club 8+ boat in a time of 16:47.50 ... Won a gold medal in the Collegiate 4+ at the Head of the Fish (10/25) in a time of 13:34.41.

Spring 2014: At the Yankee Cup (3/29), rowed as a member of the second Varsity 8+ boat ... Part of the third Varsity 8+ boat that raced in the V8 event against Colgate (4/6).

Fall 2013: At the Head of the Charles (10/19-10/20), raced in the Club 8+ and finished eighth with a time of 17:32.798 ... Participated in the JV 8+ at the Head of the Fish (10/26) ... Earned gold in the Collegiate 2x E Final with a time of 8:17.28 at the Collegiate Small Boat Challenge (11/3).

Spring 2013: Was part of the JV 8+ that earned a third-place finish at the Yankee Cup (3/30) with a time of 7:50.73 ... Helped UMass to a head-to-head victory at Holy Cross (4/6) as a member of the Junior Varsity 8+ boat, which took first in 7:12 ... Part of the JV 8+ boat that finished in first place (6:23.31) against UConn on April 17 ... Sat seventh seat as the UMass Junior Varsity 8+ boat finished first in 7:21.57 at the Atlantic 10 Championship (5/4).

BEFORE UMASS: A 2012 graduate of Conestoga Senior High School in Berwyn, Pa. ... Also played basketball and field hockey.

PERSONAL: Nicole Lynn Destefano ... Born December 19, 1993 to Jim and Kim Destefano ... Has a brother Jimmy ... Intends to major in pre-law or engineering.


    Event Calendar

    May 8
    vs Atlantic 10 Championships All Day
    May 13
    vs Dad Vail Regatta Day One All Day
    May 14
    vs Dad Vail Regatta Day Two All Day
    May 27
    vs NCAA Championships All Day
    May 28
    vs NCAA Championships All Day
    May 29
    vs NCAA Championships All Day
    June 3
    vs Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta All Day
    June 4
    vs Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta All Day
    June 5
    vs Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta All Day
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