UMass repeats as champions with wins in the Varsity 8+, Junior Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+
All UMass rowing entries advance to respective semifinal rounds on strong performances
Massachusetts enters as the two-time defending women's champion at the prestigious race
UMass, Rhode Island each pick up 51 team points, Rams' Varsity 8+ win nets Rhody team title
11 Minutewomen helped program win two A-10 titles with 2016 championship approaching
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
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
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.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013-14
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).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
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.
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