Faith Richardson '11

How did your time at Groton prepare you for rowing in college?
I learned a tremendous amount at Groton about balancing sports and academic work, how to work hard and push myself, and most importantly, how to be a good teammate. My senior year I really began to fully appreciate the value of the community at Groton, and it changed how I feel about my teammates. Your teammates in college become your family while you are at school, and you become a part of something that very few get to experience in their lives. I think competing on a team in college is absolutely critical for any athlete. The key is to work hard and never give up. You learn so much about yourself and others; it is an invaluable experience. High school sports, particularly at Groton, provide the structure to help you prepare to compete at a collegiate level. Being able to compete in three different sports in high school is also extremely important. Although it is hard to realize it and have that perspective when you are in school, you will specialize when you go to college, and I will forever value being able to run cross country and play JV hockey while I was at Groton. Groton was challenging, but an experience I will never forget; it helped me to mature as an athlete and a student and to prepare for the challenges and invaluable experiences I have had rowing in college.

What was the highlight or favorite memory of your athletic career at Groton?
Mr. Gemmell was a huge part of my athletic career at Groton. He provided me with advice and guidance that I will never forget and that has guided me through my career so far. One of my favorite personal memories was winning ISLs my junior year.  I ended up winning against two runners who were much faster than me; I ended up just having a great race. I will never forget passing them in the final stretch of the race and thinking to myself, "I have no idea how this is happening right now." However, I will also never forget the girls on the cross country team, JV hockey team, and rowing team while I was at Groton. It has been great to keep in touch with some girls and to hear about all of their success, particularly as they've moved on to compete in college!

Athletics Accomplishments while at Groton
Competed in rowing and cross country; team captain for both teams (also played hockey and lacrosse)
Led Groton women's eight to victory at 2011 Women's Henley Regatta
Competed in 2009 and 2010 Junior World Championships
Placed second in the women's eight in 2010
Three-year team MVP in cross country at Groton
2009 ISL cross country champion
Two-time Division 3 New England cross country champion
Junior Olympic track and field finalist in 3000 meters (2005)

Faith's Princeton athletic profile
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