UMass rowing at the NCAA Championships. Sacramento State Aquatics Center; Gold River, Calif. May 30, 2015.
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 ... At the NCAA Championships in Gold River, Calif., was a member of the Varsity 8 boat that placed 20th overall, finishing with a time of 6:56.967 in the “D” final on Championship 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.
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.