Belting out the National Anthem, watching too much TV, and becoming an All-American with Sammy Roberts
Over the last four years, Sammy Roberts (SEAS ’12) has been one of Columbia’s top sabre fencers. As of late, her overall record is an unresolved 103-45 and this past week, the New Jersey native’s 12 victories at the NCAA Championships gained her All-American honors for the third time. It’s easy to ramble off Roberts’s accomplishments; however, her fast attack isn’t all that has us talking.
Roberts sat down with Spectrum to discuss her successes and life outside the world of fencing. Want to know her most embarrassing fencing moment? Or how about what she does in her spare time?
Read after the jump for the latest installment of five questions with this sabre supremacy.
1. How did you get involved in fencing?
My best friend from home, Caroline Vloka (currently a fencer at Harvard University) tricked me into participating in practice with her one night since she wanted a friend from home to get into fencing, and the rest is history.
2. If you were to have a dinner party, who would be on your VIP list?
Mark Wahlberg. Who doesn’t love Marky Mark?
3. What is your proudest fencing accomplishment/moment?
Personally, I would have to say being named to the Junior World Championship team in 2010. A close second would be this past weekend at NCAAs. I tore 2 ligaments in my ankle and I wasn’t supposed to be even able to compete, so competing and earning All-American was definitely a huge accomplishment for me.
4. If you’re not fencing and not in school, what are you probably doing?
Watching an ungodly amount of television. I probably shouldn’t admit to that, but I watch more television than a normal person should watch, and anything from ABC Family to HBO shows.
5. What’s your most embarrassing fencing/sports story?
Other than the typical falling while competing, at the 2009 NCAAs at Harvard, during the second day of competition, the recording for the national anthem wouldn’t play, so my teammate at the time, Jackie Jacobson, and myself started belting out the words. Everyone in the room sort of turned and faced us as if we were the flag and I’m just going to say we probably aren’t the best singers.
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