UMass rowing at the NCAA Championships. Sacramento State Aquatics Center; Gold River, Calif. May 30, 2015.
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
2015 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
2015 Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team
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. Boston College, 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) as the coxswain ... Led the Minutewomen in the decisive Varsity 8+ race at the Atlantic 10 Championship, which secured the Maroon and White an 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., finishing with a time of 6:56.967 in the "D" final on Championship Sunday.
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 8+ ... Took fifth place at the Murphy Cup (3/24) 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 4+, 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 at the Eastern Sprints Grand Final (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 the direction of Ellen Minzner and Tim Desrosiers ... Was the novice captain her sophomore year and the varsity captain during her senior season ... Played softball and participated in track and field for her high school teams as well ... 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.