Get to Know Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a fall Q&A feature profiling Summit League SAAC representatives. These SAAC representatives provide a glimpse into their personal life away from their sport and what it is like being a student-athlete.
In this week's installment, a swimmer on the Western Illinois men's swimming team, Samir Almhiemid, is profiled.
Name: Samir Almhiemid
School: Western Illinois
Hometown: Chelsea, Mich.
High School: Chelsea
Sport: Men's swimming
Major: Health Service Management
What is your favorite vacation spot? Northern Michigan or Cape Cod, Mass.
What is currently on your music play list? Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi
What is your funniest memory from youth sports? False starting, continuing to swim and finishing my race before anybody else had even started.
What do you remember about your first college competition? Being nervous.
Who was your favorite athlete growing up? Michael Phelps…he's the GOAT.
Who is your favorite professional sports team? Detroit Tigers
What is your favorite television show or movie? The Office or How I Met Your Mother.
What attracted you to your institution? The team chemistry I experienced during my recruiting trip.
What community service projects/organizations are you involved with outside of athletics? I serve as the Vice President of the Western Illinois Student Government Association.
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete? Taking down a couple of school records my freshman year alongside my teammates at my first Summit League Championship meet.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete? Time management.
What is your favorite spot on campus? The Union (Einstein's Bagels)
What is your dream job/career? Overseeing the operations of a major hospital.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.