Competitors Bios – UConn

Students from UConn


Jen Manzella

Growing up, Jen loved gymnastics, and continues this interest on UConn’s Club team. She likes to write short stories and read – primarily non-fiction, mystery and action. Her goal is to do research in the neuro-engineering field after graduation.
Height: 5 ft. 4 in. Weight: 130 lbs.
Class: Freshman Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Bio-Medical Engineering
Hometown: Franklin, MA

Jaclyn Paride

Jaclyn is competitive, likes the contact on the Rugby team, and has beaten boys in arm wrestling. Previously, she played softball and basketball, and participated in indoor track. After graduation, Jaclyn’s goal is to own her own business.
Height: 5 ft. 7 in. Weight: 180 lbs.
Class: Freshman Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Stonington, CT

Darcy Rose

Darcy competes for the UConn Woodsmen Team in lumberjack competitions, and has placed 1st in the underhand chop. After graduating, she plans to manage her family farm, tending to vegetables, cows, sheep and chickens – a family tradition started in the mid-1950’s.
Height: 5 ft. 8 in. Weight: 135 lbs
Class: Senior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Agriculture and Resource Economics
Hometown: Chaplin, CT

Nick Allen

Nick enjoys one-on-one competition with a large, athletic family that plays sports together. He would like a career as a High School Guidance Counselor, a goal solidified by his involvement with H.O.L.D.U.P!, a student-run leadership organization committed to helping Connecticut high school students discover their own leadership potentials.
Height: 6 ft. 1 in. Weight: 200 lbs.
Class: Senior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Human Development & Family Studies
Hometown: Peabody, MA

Brandon Cerretani

Brandon ran track and field and played basketball until high school. He has played soccer his whole life. He likes to skateboard, longboard, go to the beach, work out – and can even do back flips! Brandon would like to some day take his family on a trip to visit Italy.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: 180 lbs.
Class: Junior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Howell, NJ

William Dean

Will started arm wrestling in 8th grade on a school trip. He enjoys competition, including friendly family contests ranging from cooking to video games, sports and more. Will’s post-graduate goal is to be a Construction Manager.  
Height: 5 ft. 11 in. Weight: 185 lbs.
Class: Senior Right or left: Left-handed
Major: Resource Economics
Minor: Business Fundamental
Hometown: Garrison, NY


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