Olshemski Excels on Field and in Classroom
Oct. 23, 2013
Senior Gaby Olshemski is someone who is always willing to help others.
She drives an explorer and is the team commuter always picking people up and dropping them off wherever they need to be.
“She is a little person with a big car,” IU coach Amy Robertson joked. “She is always helping others and that is a quality I really appreciate about her.”
Olshemski grew up in the small town of Shaverton, Pa., and played field hockey, soccer, basketball and track and field. On the basketball court she once scored 27 points and has the Lake-Lehman high school record for three-pointers in a game with eight.
Although she had a love for basketball, field hockey is big in Pennsylvania and her local teams received a lot of notoriety after winning state championships. Once she tried field hockey she fell in love with it, enough to travel to Bloomington, Ind., a town she had never heard of before her recruitment.
“I really liked the campus,” she said. “I could see the team was really close and that was something I wanted to be a part of. I also liked that Indiana was a big basketball school.”
Olshemski has played in 34 games as a Hoosier, scoring four goals and recording two assists. Although she has faced some injuries, Robertson said she is a leader of the team and continues to improve and shares her knowledge with younger players.
“She is a very determined player and although she has had some physical setbacks, you can see her potential and she keeps getting better and better,” Robertson said. “I have really enjoyed watching her develop and grow as a leader on this team. I’ve also been very impressed with her time management skills and how she is able to balance being on the team and being a very strong student academically. She holds herself to a very high standard and is constantly working to improve on the field and in the classroom.”
Outside of field hockey Olshemski excels in the classroom and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She will graduate with a degree in history and minors in telecommunications and public and environmental affairs. In addition to field hockey and school Olshemski is taking an LSAT prep course six hours a week in preparation to take the test in December and pursue law school.
Olshemski said her memorable moments include wins over Northwestern and Duke and dreaded 7:00 a.m. workouts in the spring.
“Once it’s all done you can joke about it and it brings you closer together,” she said. “The workouts at seven in the morning were hard, but then we would go get breakfast together and I remember that more than the workouts and how hard they were.”
Olshemski will play Sunday in front of her parents, who have made several trips to Bloomington and always love coming out and supporting their daughter and the team.
When she reflects on what the last four years have meant to her at Indiana, Olshemski said she will treasure the good times and feels like she is well prepared for her future endeavors.
“I love my teammates and they are my best friends,” she said. “I feel like I can go to them with anything. The athletic and campus community is very supportive. It feels like you are really part of something bigger than yourself.”
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