Student Athletes: A Tradition at Smith

Alyssa Barrett '15 Sports Editor

It’s a known fact that all Smith students have a passion. They love academics and pushing themselves to their fullest potential. However, there are students who push themselves physically as well. This passion for a sport takes time. In turn, it can take a toll on grades. Time management can be difficult and stressful, especially when three to four hours of the day are spent training. Smith College demands successful students before it demands successful athletes. However, many of Smith’s athletes tend to be successful at both. These ambitious students push their minds and bodies to the maximum in order to be their best selves that they can be. Twelve Pioneers have been recognized due to this drive. The NEWMAC has named their All-Academic Team for this winter, which included 12 of our very own. Swimming and diving led the way with 10 students named to the list, while Basketball had two. The following students are those dedicated twelve that brought honor to the Smith name: Emily Lane ‘15, Vanessa McFarlane ‘15,  Greta Stacy ‘15, Helen Zhang ‘15, Hannah Francis ‘16, Audrey Gammel ’16, Anna Partridge ‘16, Leah VanHoeve ‘16, Kiara Gomez ‘14, Paige Christie ‘15, Rosa Drummond ‘14, and Lauren Weston ‘15. These women had high standards to live up to in order to receive this acknowledgement. Each student had to have stayed on the team all season as well as held a 3.5 GPA or higher. Rosa Drummond was also named as the CapitolOne CoSIDA Academic All-District I team member. This is a regional nomination that places Drummond in the running for the national CoSIDA Academic All-America. These are great examples that all student athletes should look up to. It is determination and hard work that led these students to such great achievements and success. Congratulations, and keep up the good work!