Athlete of the Week: Emily Smith '17 & Danielle Opatovsky '16

For the first time this year, two Smith Pioneers were named this week’s athlete of the week. The honors go to cross country member Danielle Opatovsky ’16 and soccer’s Emily Smith ’17. Opatovsky finished 13th out of 145 runners in the NEWMAC Championship race on Nov. 1. Finishing with a time of 19:05. She also earned All-NEWMAC honors for the third straight season. This is Opatovsky’s second time earning Smith’s Athlete of the Week

Emily Smith ’17 scored a goal in the Pioneers’ victory over Mount Holyoke on Oct. 28, clinching the soccer team a spot in the NEWMAC playoffs for the first time since 2007. She also added a goal against Wheaton College on Nov. 1, and an assist in the Pioneers’ playoff game against Babson College on Nov. 4.

We sat down with Emily and asked her a few questions:

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Yes, I have to sit in the same spot in every pregame pump up session. I also stand in the same spot in our tunnel when they call out the starters for each game.

Do you have any special pre-game snacks?


What is your favorite movie?

“She’s the Man.”

What is your favorite memory of the season?

Right after we won the Mount Holyoke game and we knew we were finally going to the playoffs.

Where is your favorite place to study?

The CC.

What is one fun fact about the soccer team that not many people know?

Our team mascot is our coach’s super cute daughter Sydney.