Women's Rowing


  Heather Pekarovich
Heather  Pekarovich


Andover, Mass.

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Rowing Concludes Day One At The 2015 NCAA Championships

Minutewomen move all three boats to Saturday's C/D semifinal round


UMass Travels Cross-Country For NCAA Championships Friday

Minutewomen head to Gold River, California, for 2015 year-end competition


Minutewomen Earn Three Gold Medals During 2015 Dad Vail Regatta

UMass rowing takes top spot in Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ during illustrious annual event


Rowing Program Advances All Boats To Dad Vail Day Two

Minutewomen earn five first places among seven event entrants


Panunzio, St. Pierre Named UMass Spring Scholar-Athletes

Baseball, rowing competitors lauded for academic success

Career Honors
2012 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
2012 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll
2013 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll
2014 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
UMass Athlete of the Week (April 14, 2014)
UMass Co-Athlete of the Week (May 6, 2015)

2014-15 - Senior
Spring 2015: Was the coxswain of the Varsity 8 boat that placed second vs. Rhode Island (3/28), third vs. BC, MIT and Dartmouth (4/4) and fourth at the Knecht Cup Finals (4/12) ... Placed first in the Varsity 8 race vs. Connecticut (4/16) in the coxswain seat in addition to leading the Minutewomen in the decisive Varsity 8 race at the Atlantic 10 Championship to help the Maroon and White earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship

Fall 2014: At the Head of the Housatonic (10/11), was a member of the Collegiate Women's 4+ that finished 13th with a time of 17:46 ... Took fifth place in the 4+ at the Head of the Charles (10/19) with a time of 19:37.43 ... Helped the Collegiate 8+ and Collegiate 4+ boats to a pair of first place finishes at the Head of the Fish (10/25) with times of 12:11.79 and 13:34.41 respectively.

2013-14 - Junior
Fall 2013: At the Head of the Housatonic (10/12), finished sixth in the Collegiate 4+ with a time of 17:54.5 and helped the Collegiate 8+ boat to a ninth place finish in 16:18.6 ... At the Head of the Charles (10/19-10/20), competed in the Championship 4+ ... At the Head of the Fish (10/26), finished first in the Collegiate 8+ in a time of 13:08.37 and placed 11th in the Collegiate 4+ in 15:32.28.

2012-13 - Sophomore
Spring 2013: Helped the Varsity 8+ to a second-place finish in a time of 7:23.85 at the Yankee Cup (3/30) ... Was the coxswain for the Varsity 8+ when UMass defeated Holy Cross (4/6) in a head-to-head meet as the boat finished first in 6:49.

Fall 2012: As a coxswain, finished in 11th in the collegiate 4+ and in 13th in the collegiate 8+ at the Head of the Housatonic (10/6) ... Raced in the championship 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta (10/21) ... Finished in third in the collegiate 4+ with a time of 14:05.39 and in eighth in the collegiate 8+ with a time of 12:21.02 at the Head of the Fish (10/27).

2011-12 - Freshman
Spring 2012: Began the season as the coxswain for the Varsity Eight ... Took fifth place at the Murphy Cup (March 24) with a time of 7:59.15...Finished in third place at the Yankee Cup (3/31) with a time of 7:21.22 ... Defeated UConn (4/6) with a time of 6:47.5 ... Finished in fifth place in the Third Final of the Knecht Cup (4/15) with a time of 6:50.03 ... Switched to the Varsity Four where she coxed the boat to two wins...Took first against MIT and Buffalo (4/21) with a time of 8:21.9...Took first place at the Atlantic 10 Championship Regatta (5/5) with a time of 8:10.89...Finished in second place in the grand final at Eastern Sprints (5/13) with a time of 7:32.547.

Before UMass: A 2011 graduate of Andover High School ... Rowed for the Greater Lawrence Rowing Club under Coaches Ellen Minzner and Tim Desrosiers ... Was the Novice Captain her sophomore year and was the varsity captain in her senior season ... Played softball and participated in track and field for her high school teams ... Received the excellence in marketing award, the DECA Achievement Award and the second place award for Place Principles of Marketing at State Career Development Conference during her time at Andover High School.

Personal: Heather Nicole Pekarovich ... Born to David Pekarovich and Cornelia Murphy ... Has five siblings, Joslyn, William, Lauren, Marissa and David ... Plans to major in resource economics.

Updated: May 2015


    Event Calendar

    Friday, May 29
    at NCAA Heats 5th: V8+, 2V8+ V4+
    Saturday, May 30
    vs NCAA Semifinals All Day
    Sunday, May 31
    vs NCAA Finals All Day
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