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 Western Illinois' Tori Niemann and Tate Stensgaard.
Sr. | Women’s Basketball | Canton, Mo.
Favorite summer vacation spot: Hilton Head, S.C.
Currently on your music play list: Anything and everything Beyonce.
Funniest memory from youth sports: In high school, my coach, Seth Minter, who is now my assistant coach, split the back of his pants during a time out. Luckily one of the moms had a safety pin.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Jessica Alba- only because I think of her in ‘Good Luck Chuck’ and I can be a huge klutz too.
Remembering your first college competition: Being extremely nervous but so excited. One of my first games was against the University of Tennessee and the legendary coach Pat Summitt. I scored my first collegiate points on free throws during that game and they were in front of Tennessee’s bench. She’s a very intimidating lady.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: If I weren’t playing basketball, I would be a swimmer. I swam competitively from age six to 18. I still enjoy swimming today. I love the feeling of racing against someone in the water.
Favorite athlete growing up: Michael Jordan because he is Michael Jordan, the greatest of all time.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: I’m counting my faith, family, and friends as one. Two actual ‘things’ objects would be dry shampoo because it’s a hair lifesaver and coffee. I wouldn’t be able to function without it. I usually have two or three cups a day.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: I would love to have dinner with Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, and Ghandi.
Favorite television show: Criminal Minds
Best advice you’ve ever received: Always give it your best. If you know there is nothing more you can or could do, there’s no need to worry about it and whatever is meant to happen, will.
Jr. | Men’s Basketball | Rapid City, S.D
Favorite summer vacation spot: Estes Park, Colo.
Currently on your music play list: Ed Sheeran.
Funniest memory from youth sports: I remember my friend coming to the first basketball game at the YMCA wearing jeans.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: John Krasinski.
Remembering your first college competition: I remember the nerves I had before the tip, we were in Idaho and I was terribly nervous.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: I would be playing baseball because I never had the opportunity to when I was a kid.
Favorite athlete growing up: Dennis Rodman, because he was fun to watch and always had the best hair.
Favorite professional sports team: Denver Nuggets.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Michael Jordan, John Elway, Hugh Grant.
Favorite television show: Arrow
Best advice you’ve ever received: Be persistent in everything you do.