Rachel Smith is from Brownsburg, IN and a graduate of Brownsburg High School.Her parents are Michael Smith and Crystal Lynn.
The junior is a Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology major at Hanover.
Who do you pattern your game after: I don't pattern my game off of anyone in particular. I simply try to be a supportive, encouraging, and humble teammate!
Road trip stories: A few years ago my family and I went on a vacation out West. We packed a tent and enough things to practically live out of our car, or Expedition that is. Early one morning while driving my step-mom made a joke and referenced how cool it would be to see a buffalo right in front of us. We were told we would probably never see one up close, but that was wrong. Later that day when we were driving through Yellowstone National Park a whole line of cars were stopped in the road. People had video cameras out their car windows and were slowly creeping along. When we got close enough we could finally tell what everyone was looking at. There was a buffalo swimming across a river beside the road. My family and I watched the buffalo swim across the river and climb up and out. We watched in amazement at the size and strength of the buffalo. It was what happened next that left us speechless. The buffalo then proceeded to climb up the practically vertical embankment onto the road...feet in front of our vehicle. We sat there, video camera out the window, recording the buffalo right before our eyes. The buffalo stood there, catching it's breath and then wandered across the road to the forest on the other side. This had to be one of the best encounters with such a powerful animal.
Your guilty pleasure: Chocolate and peanut butter. I'm sure the amount of both of those I consume is probably not healthy...at all.
What do you like to do outside of your sport: Outside running Cross Country and Track, I enjoy swimming, biking, and hanging out with friends. I hope someday triathlons will become my sport, but until then I'll stick with running!
Favorite part of Hanover outside of class: The beauty of Hanover's campus has always intrigued me. I come from a suburb near central Indiana called Brownsburg, and although it was small to begin with, it has began growing rapidly the past few years. And as much as I love it there, I have always been a fan of living far from the hustle and bustle; out in the country, enjoying the beauty of nature.