Rowing, women's lacrosse and both track and field programs produced standout performances over the weekend
CAREER HONORS UMass Co-Athlete of the Week (May 6, 2015)
2014-15 - Junior: Spring 2015: Was a member of the silver-medal winning Second Varsity 8+ boat in dual 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 teamate 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 Tournament 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.
2013-14 - Sophomore: 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).
2012-13 - Freshman: 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.