Athlete Spotlight: Makena Emery

Senior flyhalf Makena Emery led the women’s Rugby team with 174 points last year, with a particularly eye-catching 174 conversions. Courtesy of Makena Emery.

Class Year: 2019

Where do you call home?
Fairfield, CA, but I moved around a lot growing up, so I spent two years in Hong Kong and three years in Bangkok during high school. My family lives in Rockville, MD, now, so home is kind of all over!

Major/Correlate: Psychology, with a correlate in History.

What else do you do on campus?

I’m a campus tour guide, an academic intern in the Psychology Department and a member of the Psych Majors’ Committee.

Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

Mia Hamm.

What’s your favorite building on campus?

Swift because it has the best single-stall bath- rooms.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life. what would it be?

White rice.

Celebrity crush?

Noah Centineo…from the new Netflix rom-com that everyone is obsessed with.

What’s your guilty pleasure movie or TV show?

The entire Bachelor Nation enterprise.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What three non-survival related items would you take?

Iced coffee, a swimsuit and probably a good book?

What it your absolute hottest take?

The lime cucumber Gatorade flavor isn’t as bad as you would think.

Rugby position:


What do you see as your role on the team?

As captain and flyhalf, I see my role on the team as one that necessitates a lot of leadership, communication and good distribution of the ball.

When did you start playing rugby?

I started played touch rugby my sophomore year of high school, but I didn’t learn the tackle/15- a-side version of the game until I got to Vassar!

What’s your favorite memory from playing at Vassar?

Playing in the championship game in the Final Four last school year. Despite a heartbreaking loss, it was an incredibly humbling moment to represent Vassar at the national level and I’ll never forget playing a sport I love alongside some of the best people I’ve met at this school.

What are your team goals for this season:

Yards after contact, setting up a quick defense line and massive hits!

What do you like most about playing VC rugby?

I love the family I’ve gained as a result of playing rugby here. Not only do we have a huge team of current players, both men and women, to sup- port each other, we have an incredible alumnae/i network that continues to follow our progress throughout our season, showing up at the farm week in and week out and also at the games we play all across the country.

What’s one game everyone should come to this semester?

Hoping we get this far, if we end up hosting any of the national playoff games, it would be great to have everyone come out and show support at these!

If you had to give one piece of advice for first- years…

Now is probably a good time to stop wearing your lanyards around your necks.

Any last words?


When she’s not kicking and tackling on the Vassar Farm, catch Makena giving tours on campus or making her usual Dunkin’ run. Courtesy of Makena Emery.

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