December 14, 2010

The Merrimack Minute with Rebecca Ainscow

By Griffin Kirkwood and Leah Desalvo

Rebecca Ainscow, a senior captain on the women's cross country and track teams, believes that "I shouldn't have been here.  I finished last in races my freshman year."  But this walk-on runner was never afraid of losing or putting herself out there, and knows "she can do anything." 

Matt Pimentel, the head coach of the Merrimack track program, says "her dedication helped her become one of the top runners not only in the Northeast-10 Conference but also the New England region."

Ainscow, a regular on the Dean's list and a part of the Athletic Academic Honor Roll, wants to make an impact next semester while student teaching.  She hopes to enjoy the experience, because "it's more fun to be teacher than a student". 

And that's not to say she hasn't been a good student. 

One of her professors, Professor Roselli says that she has "noted on many occasions that her participation in my class has exceeded expectations.  She is a delight to have in class."

After graduation, Ainscow hopes to get a fellowship and her Masters.  If not, she wants to head right into teaching.  Professor Roselli says of her, "She deserves the best and will most certainly be an outstanding teacher."

Ainscow says her secret to being such a successful student-athlete is not getting stressed out. "I just take a step back and put everything into perspective.  I have a pretty relaxed attitude."

Her athletic goals for this season include improving her 10K time and placing in the top three at the Northeast-10 Championship.  Ainscow believes that running at Merrimack was the "best decision she's ever made.  It has made my college career an adventure."

Ainscow sees a good future for Merrimack's track program and thinks it was an important step for the Athletic Department.

"We have great coaches.  And adding Track is huge.  Lots of schools are getting rid of track, but Merrimack decided to add it.  Hopefully it pays off soon."