Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
The latest installment features Emily Dryden of the women’s basketball team. This Lakewood, Colorado, native has been one of the Big Green’s top reserves in her first two seasons in Hanover, coming off the bench to appear in 43 games. She set a career high with 14 points in the season-opening victory against Central Connecticut at Leede Arena and finished the season as the team’s best shooter by percentage (45.5%) of any player with at least 40 attempts.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
Emily Dryden: Besides taking classes and training for next season, I have been spending a lot of time outside during my sophomore summer! I have gone on multiple hikes and been canoeing on the river many times. With my free time that I don't have during season, I have been more involved with the Aquinas House, the Catholic Center on campus. I am expanding my talents by cooking community dinner every Monday and even singing in the Sunday choir. Surprisingly, no one so far has come down with a case of food poisoning or left church with bleeding ears!
DS: Other than your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life?
ED: The people who have influenced my life most besides my parents are my high school coaches, Tyler Cline and Greg Bolding. Since they both coached my high school and club teams, they were the people I saw most besides my family. They taught me endless life lessons on the court and off. Most importantly, they taught me how to find joy while working hard toward a goal.
DS: What has been your best on-court memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
ED: My favorite memory is our victory over Cornell this past year. We had lost in four overtimes the night before to Colombia. It was our alumnae weekend as well as a weekend to honor Coach Wielgus who has 12 of our 17 Ivy Championships. Though exhausted from the hard loss the night before, we dominated Cornell with the inspiration of Coach Wielgus and the stories of the alumnae as our fuel. It was a magical feeling of family and legacy while playing in front of the people who made our program great.
DS: How is Hanover different or similar to where you grew up?
ED: Hanover is pretty similar to where I am from. Colorado is also very outdoorsy and has the same nature feel as Hanover. I love hiking and canoeing on the river. However, the mountains in Colorado are quite a bit bigger than these hills.
DS: What show do you binge watch?
ED: The only show I've truly ever binge watched is ‘The West Wing’. I love to think I could make a great White House Chief of Staff like Leo McGarry.
DS: What is your useless/hidden talent?
ED: I crochet! I learned how to crochet (thanks YouTube) over last winter break when we were still on campus competing, but didn't have class to worry about! I've made lots of headbands and hats and I've even made my teammate a crop top! I'm currently working on a stuffed Pooh Bear.
DS: What are your plans for your upcoming off-term?
ED: I am hoping to volunteer abroad next spring. I haven't made any concrete plans, but it would be really awesome to find a program that combines my knowledge in engineering and my desire to serve, all while exploring the world a bit.
DS: Do you have a nickname on your team? Who gave it to you and why?
ED: My nickname on the team is Ed. Our team actually has two Emily's but neither of us go by Emily. I think Lakin Roland, a senior on my team when I was a freshman came up with the name since my initials are E.D. The name caught on and now I am called any form of Ed you can think of...Eddie, Edward, Edwina, Eduardo to name a few.
DS: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
ED: If I could go anywhere in the world right now, I would go to Puerto Rico to be with my teammate, Ice, who is playing for the Puerto Rican national team. She is one of my closest teammates, and I miss her a lot this summer. And I would love to see her play on the international stage.