As The Summit League’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) prepares to host its 10th annual meeting in Chicago, the league will profile one of the league’s nine institution’s SAAC representatives each weekday leading up to the July 25-27 meeting.
This year’s SAAC representatives consist of 18 student-athletes from nine different sports – five volleyball players, four cross country/track and field athletes, three swimming and diving athletes and one athlete from each of the following sports, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, golf, tennis and baseball. The group consists of eight seniors, eight juniors, one sophomore and one former student-athlete.
Today, we get to know South Dakota State’s Nicole Grimit and Alex McLain.
Sr. | Women’s Swimming and Diving | Saint Cloud, Minn.
Favorite summer vacation spot: My favorite summer vacation spot is any lake in Minnesota. Minnesota has the most beautiful lakes and I love spending the day tubing, skiing, tanning, and relaxing.
Currently on your music play list: Anything Country. I love Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.
Funniest memory from youth sports: My funniest memory from youth sports is probably just all the crazy sports that I tried. At one point I was in dance and gymnastics. I am very uncoordinated, so looking back it is funny to think about how awful I must have been.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Sandra Bullock
Remembering your first college competition: I remember being absolutely terrified, but at the same time I was really excited to get my collegiate career started.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: I think that I would be playing volleyball. As a swimmer, these two sports seasons overlap so I was unable to be in volleyball. I always just thought that volleyball would be really fun.
Favorite athlete growing up: Michael Phelps was my favorite athlete growing up. He has transformed the sport of swimming and created awareness for the sport worldwide. I always admired his hard work and determination.
Favorite professional sports team: Chicago Cubs.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: I could not live without Chipotle, my family, and chocolate. Chipotle is hands down my favorite restaurant and they have the best food. My family is my backbone and I would not be where I am in life without their guidance and support. And finally, life just wouldn’t be as awesome without chocolate.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Jackie Robinson, George Washington, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Favorite television show: Greys Anatomy. But don’t start watching it on Netflix two weeks before finals, believe me, it was a mistake.
Best advice you’ve ever received: The best advice I ever received was to enjoy every minute of your journey. Life goes by too fast to spend time doing something you don’t enjoy.
Sr. | Men’s Swimming and Diving | Pierre, S.D.
Favorite summer vacation spot: The Black Hills in western South Dakota, has Mount Rushmore and good camping.
Currently on your music play list: A lot of Eminem, Fall Out Boy, and The Beatles. It’s a lot of different stuff, I like most kinds of music.
Funniest memory from youth sports: When I was 12 years old, I was at a swim meet and before my last race I went to the concession stand, they were trying to get rid of all their food before the meet was over so they were pretty much giving it away, I ended up buying a whole pizza an eating most of it before my last race. That race went about as bad as a race could go because I was so full. I learned a good lesson on how not to eat during a competition that day.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: I've been told I look like Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, that might be being a little nice, maybe a young Jim Carrey.
Remembering your first college competition: My first college competition was a swim meet at Green Bay. I won a couple races and was very pumped up and being cocky. It was a bit of learning experience, I was being unsportsmanlike and learned that I needed to handle myself with a little more class.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: If I could play baseball that would be my choice but I am horrible at it. I was a distance runner in high school which helped a lot with my swimming career.
Favorite professional sports team: Minnesota Twins, I became a big baseball fan in middle school and the twins were always on TV. I try to watch every game or at least part of them.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: Swimming Equipment: I really love swimming, I hate going more than week without getting in the pool. Internet: I can go a couple days without it, but I spend a lot time watching movies and just reading articles. A comfy bed: I stay pretty busy so when I go to bed I need to be able to go to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Bill Murray: Keeps in lively and entertaining. Albert Einstein: Genius, but also has a sense of humor. Nelson Mandela: Great person, would be very fun to ask questions of.
Favorite television show: Always Sunny In Philadelphia, it is a really well written show and is hilarious.
Best advice you’ve ever received: One of my favorite quotes is from Bruce Lee: "Don't fear failure, in great attempts it is glorious even to fail"