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Aleda Kawalek
Position: Port/Starboard
Height: 5'10"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Welleland, Ontario (Canada)
High School: E.L. Crossley Secondary
2013-14
Rowed four seat in the Bruins’ second varsity eight throughout her sophomore season … rowed four seat in the 2V8+ in a season-opening win against Loyola Marymount (March 16) … rowed four seat in the 2V8+ at the two-day San Diego Crew Classic (April 4-5), leading UCLA to a second-place finish on day one and to a fifth-place finish in the event’s Grand Final … rowed four seat in the 2V8+ at the Clemson Invitational (April 19-20), helping UCLA finish second in its heat on day one … rowed four seat in the 2V8+ on day two, helping UCLA’s crew finish in second place and third place in each heat, respectively … rowed four seat in the 2V8+ against USC, leading the Bruins to a first-place finish in that race (May 3) … rowing four seat, helped the 2V8+ finish second at Pac-12 Championships (May 18) … rowed four seat in the 2V8+ at NCAA Championships, sending UCLA to the semifinals with a second-place finish on day one (May 30) … the 2V8+ finished fourth in its A/B semifinal on day two (May 31) and second in the event’s Petite Final on the final day of competition (June 1) … UCLA closed the season with a 12th place overall finish at NCAA Championships.

2012-13
Stroked the novice eight in UCLA’s first two events – in a dual-meet win over Loyola Marymount (March 9) and at the two-day San Diego Crew Classic (April 6-7) … led the N8+ to a first-place finish in its heat on day one in San Diego and to a third-place finish in the N8+ Grand Final on day two … rowed three seat in the N8+ against USC (May 4), leading the Bruins past the Women of Troy by 19.1 seconds … rowed five seat in the N8+ at Pac-12 Championships, guiding the boat to a fourth-place finish.

High School
Attended E.L. Crossley Secondary School for two years (2010-12) and Notre Dame College School for two years (2008-10) ... rowed under head coach Pat McNally at E.L. Crossley Secondary ... helped the high school win the national championship in 2011 and 2012 ... won the Stotesbury Cup in the Women's 4+ and 2X ... won the CSSRAs in the junior women's 4+, the senior women's 4X and twice in the senior women's 4+ ... also competed on the basketball and lacrosse teams in high school.

Club
Competed for South Niagara Rowing Club ... named Oarswoman of the Year in 2010 ... finished first in the U17 and at the junior women's 4X at the Royal Canadian Henley, in addition to finishing first at the Head of the Charles in the women's 4+ ... competed for the Canadian Junior National Team in 2011 ... participated at the U23 RCA High Performance Camp (2011) and Junior National Team Camp (2010, 2011).

Personal
Full name: Aleda Christine Kawalek ... Aleda is the older of Ted and Lori Kawalek's two daughters ... has one younger sister, Adrien ... lists her greatest athletic thrill to date as having represented Canada in the four at Junior World Championships in 2011.

 

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