Date of birth
2007, Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Williston Park, N.Y.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Sacred Heart University, B.S. in Psychology, 2015
Sacred Heart University, Masters in Education, 2016; Fairfield University, Masters in School Counseling, December 2019
Ellen Minzner, John Leonard
Great River Rowing
Seven – Senior, 2013-19
Won gold in the PR3 pair at the 2018 World Rowing Championships...Won silver in the PR3 four with coxswain at the 2017 World Rowing Championships...Won silver in the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain at the 2016 Paralympic Games..Won silver in the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain at the 2015 World Rowing Championships...Won silver in the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain at the 2014 World Rowing Championships...Finished fourth in the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain at the 2013 World Rowing Championships.
Won the legs, trunk and arms four at the 2015 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Indoor Rowing Championships..Finished second in the pair at the 2015 Dad Vail Regatta...Won the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain at the 2014 Head of the Charles.
Jaclyn is the second oldest of four to parents James and Annmarie Smith – older brother, James, younger brother, Brian, and younger sister, Caleigh. Born into a very athletic family, Jaclyn played all sorts of sports growing up in order to keep up with her very athletically talented siblings. Jaclyn was inspired to row when she attended high school at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, and they offered rowing as a varsity sport. She took up rowing because she believed it was a sport that she would be able to excel in. She favors all New York sports teams – the Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks. Her favorite book is "Hope Solo's Memoir" and her favorite TV show is "Friday Night Lights." During her free time, Jaclyn loves going to the beach and spending time with friends. She lists her grandfather as her personal hero because he has always been the person that would have her back until the end of the earth. Her grandfather is an extremely hardworking and strong man, who always puts his family first. He has always been the most supportive person and pushes Jaclyn to be her best everyday and also encourages her to learn from her mistakes. She said, “It is pretty incredible to have someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself” and counts her blessings every day to have someone in her life that loves her as endlessly as he does. Jaclyn is an assistant coach of the women’s rowing team at Sacred Heart University. Her favorite athlete is Air Bud.