After attempting weightlifting for the first time only six months ago, and in only her second professional competition, Brittny Boyd took second place and earned a shot at national competition.

Boyd, a second-year exercise science graduate student in the 63-kilogram (138-pound) weight class, lifted a total of 323 pounds – nearly 2.4 times her own weight.

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Donald “Dee” Rowe, acclaimed coach, mentor and athletics adviser at UConn, was named one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators” in October. Rowe was awed by this recognition, repeatedly stating his gratitude and appreciation for the award.

“I’m very much overwhelmed by it,” Rowe said. “I’m very honored.”

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