Athlete of the Month
The March recipient of our Athlete of the Month Award is Bryna Oleshansky from University of Michigan
"What sets Bryna Oleshansky apart from other athletes is her ability to remain incredibly humble and put her team first although she is an amazing individual athlete"
Bellshire Elementary Design Center
The true test of succeeding in college athletics is learning to stay afloat in the midst of chaos. Bryna Oleshansky has mastered staying afloat in more ways than one. The 5’11” member of the University of Michigan Women’s Rowing team learned to steer straight both in the water and the classroom as she has maintained a 3.48 GPA. During the 2014 season it was evident that Bryna has a true passion for the water as she earned a myriad of honors that include: All-American honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, Michigan Rowing Athlete of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, & First Team All Region. Although this Wolverine bleeds blue and gold, she also was a member of the USA U23 Rowing World Championship team in 2013.
Although hard to imagine, Bryna’s impressive rowing résumé falls second place to her accomplishments outside of the water. As a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Bryna completed 25 hours of community service for six semesters. She also earned honors as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Spring Academic All-big Ten Team, and U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.
Bryna says, “I want to have a successful career where I can help others and combine my passion for athletics with my passion of working with others.” Long time friend and current Bellshire Elementary teacher, Lily Adler, has seen this passion for working with others for quite some time now. Adler says, "I think it's rare to see an athlete who is far more concerned about the success of their team than themselves." It is with this same merit that Oleshansky has continued weekly visits to Mott Children's Hospital for the past five years to volunteer and inspire children who are battling a number of health related issues. Bryna says her involvement in athletics has taught her how to work hard, persevere through difficult situations, and manage her time effectively. Remain on the lookout for Bryna's continued success in pursuing her endeavors of serving others!