Dutchwoman of the Week: Hadley Richards ’17



Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

Major: Economics

Minor: Visual Arts

Q: Can you briefly explain your experience rowing before coming to Union?

A: I started rowing when I was seven years old by going to rowing camps. I joined the Saratoga Rowing Association in the seventh grade and rowed with them competitively until the end of my sophomore year of high school.

Q: You’re a captain on the team. What do you think is the hardest part of being a captain? A: Rowing is a very competitive sport within the team itself. As a captain, you have to find the balance between motivating and comforting your own teammates.

Q: Do you have a pre-race ritual?

A: I do not have a pre-race ritual, but I have an old Union baseball cap that is falling apart and very faded. I bought it when I was about eight years old at a Union hockey game. I have worn it for majority of my races throughout my career. That hat has seen the best of my rowing times.

Q: What are some of your favorite things about the crew team?

A: Rowing around the world is one large community. The rowing team at Union is a great community of friends, families and alumni. We practice and travel with the men’s team so we are not really separated. We get to know each other’s families at the weekend races. After you graduate you join a great community of rowing alumni. Rowing at Union resonates throughout the rest of your life.

Q: What has been the highlight of your rowing career at Union?

A: My sophomore spring I was in the Varsity Eight boat at the New York State Championships. The boat qualified for the Petite Final against Division I and II teams. Going into the race, we knew it was going to be close and we ended up winning the race on my high school course. It was a very exciting last race of the season and a race I will always treasure.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in the Schenectady area and why?

A: My favorite restaurant is Cella Bistro. It’s a family-owned restaurant off the beaten path. They have a collection of small plates and the best cheese fondue.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

A: My grandfather, Arnold Palmer and my dad. My grandfather and Arnold Palmer passed away in 2016 and they were both special people in my life, but they never got a chance to meet. I would want my dad to be there because I know it would be a special moment for him to be


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