FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart rower Jaclyn Smith (Williston Park, N.Y.) will compete for the United States National Para-Rowing Team at the 2014 World Championships, to be held August 22-September 1 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
This is the second consecutive year Smith has earned a spot on the national team. At the 2013 World Championships in South Korea, The LTA 4+ crew Smith was on finished fourth. Smith was part of a pool of 17 athletes trying out for the LTA 4+ crew at Community Rowing Inc. in Boston in late June. She earned her spot by winning each of her seat races by over four seconds, becoming one of just two athletes to return from the 2013 LTA 4+ crew that competed in South Korea.
"I am really excited about making this year's US Rowing National Team," said Smith, who just completed her junior year at Sacred Heart. "It is my second year making the team, but I have to say this time around has been more exciting and meaningful to me. This year's competition for the boat itself was stronger, bigger, faster, and more competitive than ever for this boat's selection. Although our fourth-place finish at last year's World Championships was an American best for the LTA 4+ category, coming home empty-handed has left me hungrier than ever to go back and medal."
"As a coach, I couldn't be prouder of Jackie," said Sacred Heart head women's rowing coach Nicoleta Mantescu. "She worked really hard and truly deserves her spot in the boat. Jackie is a tremendous young woman and is showing once again that goals can be achieved with hard work, determination, and passion."
Smith will begin training for the World Championships later this month.
"Today, I'm a stronger, better rower than I've ever been and I'm confident that this year's crew and bring back a medal," Smith added. "I'm really happy that something I truly love to do is bringing some attention to Sacred Heart and our growing women's rowing program. I am really excited to come back in September to finish off my final year, working with my teammates on the foundation we're setting for this team."