There have been more than twenty McNick graduates from the past four years that have gone on to play their sport in college. Here are just a few of the alum who are now considered college student athletes, and their view into the world of college sports.
At the University of Dayton, Lauren Clark, Class of 2011, will be running track this year as a sophomore, and is hopeful after dealing with injuries her freshman year. Like many college athletes, Clark said, “The biggest part to adjust to was learning to train differently. We do more lifting, and during cross country we do a lot more mileage.” Her successes at McNick included Runner of the Year, holding records, and participating in the State meet. Clark said, “I miss the team, of course, and I also miss being part of a coed team!”
Kelsey Mueller, Class of 2012, is also looking forward to her upcoming freshman track season at the University of Cincinnati. She has already experienced some early success by winning the 800m in the UC intra-squad meet. Mueller said, “Running for McNick and going through the practices set up by Markesbery, Jepson, and Rosenbaum prepared me for the rigorous practices at UC.” Mueller is looking forward to this season and is “excited to see and recognize other girls that I had run against and with in high school. I am also excited to get to know my team more and to get to know them outside of track.”
Ali Miller, Class of 2012, is in the middle of her freshman basketball season at Wittenberg University. She mentioned that she misses the people here at McNick, especially her teammates, but said, “I love my new team, and we really pushed each other through it [conditioning].” Miller also said, “It’s a huge time commitment and sometimes you have to sacrifice a little more than your friends.” Although, she said that it has been worth it.
From the Class of 2011, Lucy Frey is in her second year of golf at the University of Dayton. She received Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and is a scholar athlete. College golf, like all of college, can be a bit of an adjustment. “The biggest adjustment for me was becoming more serious while I played instead of constantly joking around with the competition, “ Frey said. She also said that they travel to tournaments in other states and the practices are three to four hours.
Craig Kaimer, Class of 2012, is getting ready for his first baseball season as a catcher at West Virginia Wesleyan University. Kaimer said, “The most difficult adjustment to college baseball has been balancing the extra school work associated with college classes along with the everyday practices.” Kaimer also mentioned that the biggest difference between high school baseball and college baseball is the amount of discipline required, saying, “If you miss a beat, then you’ll hear about it.” He also talked about how the people playing their sport in college are there because they love it, unlike at McNick.
There are many other former McNicholas student athletes playing their former high school sports at the collegiate level, including soccer and football players as well as swimmers and cross country runners. They all seem to agree that the step up from high school sports to college sports is a big one. To the current hopeful McNick athletes Kaimer says, “If there was one thing I could tell current McNick students, it’s to never give up on your goals and dreams because you never know when you may not be able to play anymore.”