Dutchwoman of the Week: Julia Wilson ’19

(Courtesy of Union Athletics)
(Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Hometown: Hanover, NH
Major: Political Science
Sport: Women’s Crew

Q: When did you start rowing and what got you interested?
A: I started rowing my freshman year of high school. My older sister had previously done it and my family has also had women from the Australian National Team come stay with us. I figured I’d try it out and it turned out I really like it!

Q: Where are your most and least favorite places to compete?
A: I love getting to compete at big regattas such as the Head of the Schuylkill and the Dad Vail in Philadelphia. You get to learn from and race against amazing crews from all around the country. My least favorite places to compete tend to be the ones where there is a strong head wind or current.

Q: What kinds of thoughts run through your mind during a tough race?
A: I usually don’t remember what I was thinking during a race. I mostly just want it to be over as soon as possible. For the most part I just try to stay in sync with the person in front of me and pull as hard as I can.

Q: What are your team’s main strengths?
A: Our main strength has to be our connection as teammates. We’re all really good friends on and off the team. Crew is a sport where you need to rely and trust your teammates to be focused and work together.

Q: What’s one thing people may be surprised to know about the women’s crew team?
A: I think that people would be surprised to know that most women’s crew teams tend to be much taller than we are. On average women are around 6 feet tall whereas our team is anywhere from 5’4 to 5’10.

Q: How do you think being on the women’s crew team is preparing you for your future endeavors?
A: Crew has taught me lot about time management and responsibility. I know my teammates are relying on me to show up to practice and do the best that I can when I’m there. In the future I’ll need to make similar commitments in a work environment.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Union?
A: My favorite thing about Union has to be the size. I love getting to walk around campus and see people I know, but I’m also always meeting someone new.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in Schenectady?
A: I love Perreca’s, by far my favorite place for breakfast and lunch.


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