What’s the origin of your name? I have a BA in mathematics, and I like to smash for fun so voilá, Smashmatician was born.
What does your number mean? 5 is my favorite number, it has many lovely qualities and properties.
Team: All Stars
What position do you play? Any, but I am always a little hesitant to jam.
How long have you been skating? I loved skating as a little girl but took a long break from it until June 2010.
When did you join derby? About one year ago.
How did you get involved with derby? I watched “Whip It” one night with my college roommate and it was love at first hit.
Signature move? None.
Pre-bout ritual? Crank up any song with a driving beat while I drive there then get pumped with my teammates in the locker room.
Motivational Quote: “Have no fear.”
Derby Heroes: Bella Fire, Evolution, Annie Maul, and Kelly Young.
What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Real, tangible love for the sport.
What do you do outside of derby? I’m a TA and graduate student in the math department at U of A.
Favorite derby moment so far? Being told by my derby idol, Bella Fire, next year (2012) she thinks I’ll be a “rock star.”
Favorite derby teams? KCRW
If you could remove one penalty from the game, what would it be? Clockwise blocking. I have a nasty habit of doing it, I just wish I wouldn’t get penalized for it.
What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Don’t be afraid. Derby is not the kind of sport you will get better at by being afraid of the other players. Also, work at every practice as if it could be your last; if you give anything less than everything, it very well may be your last practice.
Derby awards? None.
Where are you from? Kansas City, MO, but my parents live in Springfield, MO
How long have you lived here? Since August 2011
What keeps you here? School
Animals? One black furry feline named Bobo
Family? 2 brothers, Dad and you may spot my mom at bouts sporting a Victory Vixens t-shirt with “Smashmama” on the back.