Women's Rowing


IN THE FALL: Top-10 finish at the Head of the Rock races as her eight crew placed sixth in a time of 16:15.02 ... competed in two races at the Head of the Elk ... sat stroke seat of the open four-b boat that notched a fourth-place showing with a time of 17:15.5 at the Head of the Elk ... also fifth in the open eight-a race with a time of 15:30.5.

AS A JUNIOR: Rowed in the four seat in the first varsity eight for the Irish's 2003-04 campaign, earning her second monogram ... named to the 2003-04 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ... earned a gold medal at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge in the varsity eight with a time of 6:54.89 ... helped team to its first ever BIG EAST team title... led team to its second NCAA bid and best ever finish ... placed third behind Ohio State and Washington in the preliminary heats of the NCAA Championships, then fifth in the semis and finals ... finished second, third, and second in the contests against Tennessee and Michigan State... finished runner-up to Duke and Michigan ... came in seventh in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Finals at the San Diego Crew Classic ... placed second to Michigan State at the Indiana Crew Classic ... earned first-place honors versus Boston University and Northeastern ... finished second to Michigan State again at the grand finals of the Central Sprints. ... in the fall, rowed stroke seat ... finished third out of 47 boats in the Club Eight race at the prestigious Head of the Charles ... rowed in the second varsity eight and first varsity four at the Head of the Rock, placing seventh and fourth respectively.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her first monogram with the Irish for the 2002-2003 season ... named the 2003 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ... rowed in the five seat of the first varsity eight for the spring season ... finished second in the petite finals at Central Sprints ... placed third at the prestigious Windermere Cup ... finished second in the grand finals at BIG EAST ... won first versus Dayton by over 33 seconds ... placed second at Michigan State ... started off the fall season sitting in the four seat of the first varsity eight at the Milwaukee River Challenge ... finished second to Iowa at Milwaukee ... rowed in the second varsity eight at the Head of the Rock where she came in fifth ... rowed in the fourth varsity eight at home against Kansas ... varsity eight finished fourth at the prestigious Head of the Ohio.

AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed as a member of the first novice eight for the 2001-02 season ... sat in the four seat at Central Regions ... gave the Irish their highest finish in history when the novice eight was third at Central Regions, finishing in 7:07.5 ... team finished fourth out of 19 teams at Regions ... rowed in the six seat at BIG EAST regatta and against Tennessee ... beat the Lady Vols by over 14 seconds with a time of 7:26.40 ... rowed in the three seat at Head of the Eagle ... earned a medal at the Head of the Eagle, finishing third.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned nine letters in three different sports at St. Peter's (four in basketball, four in volleyball, one in track) ... team captain and MVP her junior and senior seasons in both basketball and volleyball ... was also team captain her senior year in track ... was named all-city her junior and senior seasons and all-state her senior season in basketball ... also was all-city her senior season in volleyball ... set school records for free throws and rebounds in a single game in basketball, blocks and kills in volleyball and the shot put record in track ... won the William R. Smith Award for academic, athletic, service and leadership excellence twice ... a member of the National Honor Society ... was valedictorian of her class ... one of three children ... had a number of relatives who lettered in college athletics: father William (Youngstown State - football), cousin Elizabeth Straka (Ohio Dominican - basketball), cousin John Sobolewski (Ohio State - football) and uncle Michael Sobolewski (University of Utah - football) ... parents are Regina and William Polinski ... born April 20, 1983, in Columbus, Ohio ... enrolled in the College of Science, majoring in pre-professional studies.

Rachel Polinski
Rachel  Polinski


Mansfield, OH

High School:
St. Peter's




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