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  • Athlete of the Week: Nastassia Rubel | The Current
    re all friends on the team said Rubel Rubel is a sophomore political science major and business administration minor After graduation she hopes to pursue a career in an embassy Rubel explained the impact tennis has had on her life How did you get started in tennis We always had guests in our apartment back home and my dad s friend use to play tennis and knew a coach and asked if I wanted to try to play tennis and after a month I had already won a tournament Then my dad wanted me to try for professional so here I am How would you describe yourself as an athlete Very competitive I never give up and even if I m playing bad I will still keep trying and playing So competitive would be the best word to describe it What do you think is the hardest aspect of playing tennis I think it s health for me personally I used to play professionally and I had to quit playing because I had too many injuries I was about to have surgery on my knee and my health just wouldn t let me play professionally Now everything is fine but I m not playing professionally anymore So I think that s definitely the hardest Do you want to continue playing tennis after college No I really love studying now In my country the education is really not as good as it is over here But now I m really enjoying the education and here I learn something new every day in classes and I like how they are very small which helps me learn more every single day So now I want to focus on my career outside of tennis Have you had any coaches who have influenced your tennis career It was mostly my parents My parents were never involved in sports so they were mostly influential as my support Second place was never good enough for my dad so that s why I ve always had to strive to succeed So I think my parents had the biggest influence on me not coaches What are your greatest strengths as an athlete Endurance What are your weaknesses as an athlete I carry too much which is what makes me worry a lot on the court and sometimes it makes me nervous and when I m nervous I don t play my best tennis What has been your proudest moment as an athlete I ve had many moments but maybe when I was playing the Fed Cup in Mexico and when I had a chance to play Masters in Europe It s the top players under 16 in Europe and I went there and was supposed to win the tournament but I broke my ankle so I don t know if it s the best moment I ve also played the 10 K s in Italy which is a double tournament I don t know though I ve played in

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  • Athlete of the Week: Sava Dragic | The Current
    Dragic s efforts have paid off as he has garnered a number of impressive soccer achievements In his hometown of Belgrade Serbia Dragic played for FK Policjac Belgrade and was the youngest member to ever play on their senior squad Dragic also served as team captain for Serbia s U 19 division soccer team and won the country s first league title Dragic described the transition from Serbia to the U S as fairly easy due to his tight schedule At the beginning I thought it was going to be hard but my schedule was packed with so many things that I had to do so I had forgotten about feeling homesick When the semester ended and I finally had some spare time I realized that I could really use a trip home and that s what I did But I didn t really feel homesick at all with all of the things that I had to do he said Dragic is a freshman computer science major and hopes to use his degree to travel I picked out this major because it s one of the majors that allows me to get a job easily anywhere in the world Dragic said And that s really what I want When he is not working on academics or practicing soccer Dragic enjoys participating in charity events around campus Dragic offered some insight into his passion for soccer What do you think is the hardest part of playing soccer The hardest part is trying to make a team in to a single unit where everyone performs together and thinks together If you get a team who would die for each other then that s what every other team is trying to get to be united What is the most rewarding part of playing soccer The friendships that I have acquired All of the people whom I ve met through soccer are the friends who I still have today Meeting people from all around the world and being on a team with them and being friends with them is something I will cherish for the rest of my life Have you had any coaches who influenced you during your soccer career My coach back home He took on the role of a second father in my life He s been my coach for 10 years and has taught me everything about soccer and a lot of life related stuff as well Are there any professional athletes whom you look up to A lot of professional athletes especially the ones who come from my country Not just by their athletic achievements but also by their humanitarian work If there was one thing that you could change about soccer what would it be In the NCAA rules I would change the time limit I hate the countdown because the last ten seconds everyone stops playing That s one of the biggest things that I don t like about it What do you enjoy doing in your

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  • Athlete of the Week: Katey Blummer | The Current
    bonus What do you think is the hardest aspect of playing softball Time management as far as being a student athlete Especially with my major I was just talking with one of the freshmen on the team who is a marine bio major and we talked about how the academic advisors very much dislike our sport and our major and trying to schedule when classes are going to be Sometimes practice is from 1 to 6 p m if you have to go early or stay late so you can t schedule any classes in the afternoon So we have all early morning classes practice and then night class What do you think is the most rewarding part of playing softball You get a family away from home I guess So that s really nice A lot of the times coming in as a freshman you don t know a lot of people but I came in and instantly had 18 sisters whether they liked me or not We knew we were going to spend a lot of time together so we all better get pretty close So that was really nice But in the sport itself I love the rush I ripped two doubles in the very first game we played and I was just so excited You get this adrenaline rush as you re sliding into second and you just scored two of your teammates home so they re screaming and you re screaming and that s what I live for Do you have any goals set for yourself or for the team moving forward in the season Yes We actually sat down as a team and set aside a lot of goals before we played last weekend and I think we re going to make it a common occurrence just to hold ourselves accountable But our defense was somewhat lacking because we had a couple of people out of position recently and we ve been working 110 percent in practice to be better so that it won t happen again and we won t make the same mistakes Offensively we ve felt strong and we want to keep that going but defensively we would like to improve as a team Are there any professional athletes who you look up to or model your style of play after When I was younger everyone loved Jennie Finch She was just a face for the sport and she s an amazing person a great athlete she has kids and she s really just the whole package I guess I just always wanted to be that I mean I can t pitch and I m not 6 1 but she s still awesome What has been your proudest achievement as a softball player so far To make it to the collegiate level I m only 5 2 and being short in the sport definitely sets you back a little bit and I don t have speed either Usually you can be

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  • Athlete of the Week: Santiago Gomez | The Current
    different but when you play something like tennis all the courts are the same They aren t very different maybe the weather but golf is different Every week is a different course and actually the same course changes every day because of the pin position A lot of the best golfers in the world can win one week and then next week miss the cut So you need to be humble every day in golf because it can really get your confidence down and it might never come back You need to have a strong mentality for golf What do you think is the most rewarding part of playing golf I think the most rewarding thing would be getting to know a lot of people from around the world and getting to travel and learn about different cultures Getting to enjoy the nature too since we play outside It s relaxing and fun What is your proudest achievement as a golfer I would say getting to come to the U S I got the opportunity to come here and get a scholarship and study my whole career in the U S It wasn t very easy for me to come here since I m from another country Not a lot of people have the opportunity to come here and it was my dream But I m here now and I m graduating very soon so I m very proud of getting this scholarship and coming to the U S to start my career How was the transition coming to the U S from another country to play golf It was tough in the beginning obviously because things are different like the culture the food and the people but it was my dream and I wanted to live the experience of going to college in America It was tough because I miss my family and my friends but I got used to it and it s helped me grow a lot not only as a golf player but also as a person I love the U S but you re really independent in this country You do everything for yourself You don t have your mom to do laundry or cook All of the stuff that I didn t have to do in Colombia I ve been doing here for the last five years It s helped me be responsible and learn time management Have you had any coaches who have influenced you throughout your golfing career For sure My coach here Ryan Jamison is a great person and has been a great coach to have He s taught me a lot of things throughout my three years here at NSU I have accomplished a lot of things since I came to NSU and I could do a lot of those things because he helped me He s helped me in a lot of stuff not only my golf game but also in my school work and in learning responsibility He

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  • Athlete of the Week: Jacob Blackiston | The Current
    a positive mindset you ll get better The next day is a new day and you can tell because you ll go out on the field and perform better too Are there any specific tools you use to motivate yourself to keep that strong mental game Yeah I guess it would be the fear of not playing anymore So my dad always tells me that I m going to regret not playing anymore when I m older so I might as well leave everything out there That just keeps me going Do you plan to continue playing baseball after college I would like to say so Everybody hopes to get to the next level and keep playing as long as they can But I also see the other side of it I m here to get an education first so I plan on getting my degree and getting a job too If you don t continue playing baseball after college what would you want to do career wise I want to work in the front office of a major league baseball team Preferably the LA Angels of Anaheim but if not somewhere in Sports Center That would be pretty cool Are there any athletes that you look up to or like to model your style of play after I would say Derek Jeter Watching him play his energy and effort I take that into my mindset on the field Give the game all of your energy and all of your effort and it ll play itself out on the field For his whole career his mindset was I may not be the best player but I work the hardest So I m not going to let anyone outwork me and I think that way too Throughout your career in baseball have you had any coaches who have influenced or inspired you I would say my dad I played for my high school coach for three years and I still keep in touch with him but my dad is the driving force behind me in baseball He keeps me going every day and he ll text me words of motivation What has been your greatest accomplishment as a baseball player My greatest accomplishment was receiving a scholarship and coming over here to play When I hit my sophomore year in junior college I thought that that might be it and I might not get any offers But then NSU made an offer and gave me two more years to play if not more if I succeed That s probably been my greatest accomplishment That and winning the conference championship last year What do you think has been the most rewarding part of being a member of NSU s baseball team I would say the people who you get to meet My coach is always adamant about the hang which is just hanging out with the group and the team Once you re done with baseball you won t really have the

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  • Athlete of the Week: Daesha Roberts | The Current
    but I think that came easily because I really didn t have a choice It was manage your time or go back home to a community college What do you think is the hardest aspect of being a rower The hardest part is balancing everything that I have to do because I m not just a student athlete I m also involved in different clubs and activities My day is very structured if you look at the calendar in my phone you ll just see red blue yellow green orange marking all of the things that I have to do Everything is categorized So that s probably the hardest part Have you had any coaches who have influenced you throughout your rowing career Probably my first coaches They were the most influential Their names are Tess Durant and Steve Hitchcock Coach Durant is very strict and rigid she knows what she wants She s never rowed before but she took her time and studied every aspect of rowing and I don t know how but she figured out the perfect technique and knows how to make you fast Then Coach Hitchcock is short and stumpy five foot five an ex marine and rowed when he was in college but he has the softest heart and would cry at the drop of a dime If he saw that someone was working really hard and hit their goals he would sit there with you and say I m so proud of you it s enough to make an old man cry It s funny because five minutes ago he was yelling at me and making me do pushups and then he was crying They were both incredibly influential and taught me work ethic and how there are certain things that you have to do to reach your goals If you try to take the easy way out you might reach your goal but it s not the same They re probably the most influential coaches I ve ever had and I love them to death What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a rower I think it goes back to the work ethic thing In a lot of other sports you can just have talent Like in basketball if you just have that natural swing you could hit shots all day and the same thing with football some people are just born with that natural talent In rowing there is no talent Literally you just get on the rowing machine and you practice and you just keep training until you get faster You just have to put in the hours and keep training You re not going to wake up in the morning and just be good at rowing you can t do that You need to get out there and just train That s really what I like about it I wouldn t consider myself the most athletic person so I think the aspect of learning how

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  • Athlete of the Week: Emma Wahlstrom | The Current
    is the hardest part of swimming I think it s the amount of time that you have to put into it It s a very demanding sport and everything has to be perfect in order to get a really good race So I think the hardest part is the amount of time it takes in order to get better How do you balance being a student and an athlete I just sit down every Sunday and plan out my whole week I plan what I m going to eat when I m going to eat when I m going to study and what I m going to study I just try to plan everything ahead and go by a schedule or I else I wouldn t make it through the week Do you have any coaches that have influenced you throughout your coaching career In Sweden I changed coaches a lot and it s a lot of individual training and your own responsibility so I think I had more influential coaches here Coach Holly actually She made me realize that I could do better in a lot of different events than I swam when I came here So she made me realize that I could swim more than just two events and that I really have to work hard to get better What do you think is the most rewarding part of swimming I think it s the extra family that you get from the team since we spend so much time together and practice together so often You get so close with everyone Even if it s an individual sport we get really close and we re still a team Probably the biggest advantage that we get is learning time management too I think it ll be really beneficial later on in life when we get into our professions I think that s going to be really helpful What has been your greatest achievement as a swimmer so far Back home it would be my Junior National medals and Senior National medals but here it would probably be making it to Nationals and placing top eight at Nationals And of course winning conference with my team How does it feel to be one of the top swimmers on the team this year I wouldn t say that but I feel like everyone has a big part in our success My success is based not only on me but also on my coaches and my teammates I feel honored to represent the team the way I do I don t see myself as a top scorer on the team I just contribute what I can to the team Is there anything specific you do before a race to pump yourself up Not really in season but at conference and nationals I always listen to house music Swedish House Mafia especially How do you handle a loss in a race or a loss as a team I m very competitive so

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  • Athlete of the Week: Darren Hendricks | The Current
    began throwing both hammer and discus In 2015 Hendricks was the Peach Belt Conference Champion for the men s discus throw He also holds NSU s school records for both the men s discus and hammer throw I got the chance to sit down with Hendricks and ask him a few questions What do you think is the hardest part of competing in throwing events Technique The technique is always the hardest especially for hammer Not only are you trying to turn but you re also trying to make sure the hammer doesn t pull you Even though the hammer only weighs 16 pounds when you re swinging it you re trying to hold back 300 to 400 pounds depending on how fast you re swinging The lifting can also get difficult especially when you get up to heavier lifts and you get sore you have to work through the pain But aside from the lifting technique is the hardest There s no such thing as a perfect technique or a perfect throw there s always one little thing that goes wrong There will always be something that you have to adjust or have to fix Do you have any specific tools that you use to motivate yourself to achieve good technique I just think of it as pushing to Nationals Getting a certain weight getting better and getting stronger If I can get there I think of it as getting better and getting stronger but if I don t I ll get down on myself and push harder to improve I m always trying to get better What has been your greatest accomplishment in track and field Winning the conference definitely Winning the conference and breaking two school records have been my greatest accomplishments as an athlete What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a member of the track and field team The most rewarding part of being a member of the team is not only building a bond with my teammates but it s also been a great experience to be a part of the NCAA and getting to be a collegiate athlete You get to pursue what you loved in high school but you get to take it further and further as you move further in life Do you plan to continue competing after college I plan to keep competing I want to try to push into the Olympics If I give it a few years and keep getting better and better then I could see myself making a run for it It s something that I just won t stop doing I m always going to keep doing it Are there any athletes in the realm of track and field who inspire you Yeah but some of them are older and competed in the 80s like Sergey Litvinov He s definitely one of the smallest throwers ever but he s one of the best throwers He has the third best mark in

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