In a Few Words

“To say that I’m even in college is a dream.”

Today, two-thirds of young Americans go on to attend college, so why does something so common feel surreal for Edgewood College distance runner Natasha Zanoya?

“I am the warrior.”

Who was that fierce-looking warrior suited up for the showdown between the Hendrix College Warriors and their conference rival? He was none other than Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui.

“I was just trying to help a guy out.”

When Chris Miller saw a man in his late 50s in cardiac arrest at a local gym, his instincts took over. The 23-year-old Seton Hill University baseball player remained calm and level-headed, rushing to the man’s side.

“It comes down to loving people.”

Kelly Jo McLendon hasn’t spent her college summers lingering in her hometown or working on softball pitching mechanics. Instead, the East Texas Baptist University student has taught children with special needs.

“I’ve learned a passion.”

A research lab isn’t the first place most student-athletes go for an edge in their sport. But that’s exactly where Daisy-May Kenny, a senior golfer at the University of West Florida, found her sweet spot.

“Like father, like daughter”

Bill Belichick’s daughter, Amanda, is in her first season as coach of the women’s lacrosse team at College of the Holy Cross.

"Hey, why not?"

Michael Crinion, a senior at Albion College, grew up playing goalkeeper in soccer. So in spring 2013, when he heard the men’s swimming and diving team was looking for divers, he thought he would be a natural: Goalkeeping, after all, involves diving.

"I still have that competitive blood."

When Bev Ball’s friends join the 85-year-old swim coach at a restaurant in Abilene, Texas, they know what to expect: She will run into someone she’s gotten to know – or coached – over six decades spent by the local pools.

"The most rewarding thing is seeing the results."

Natalie Bach-Prather was home-schooled while growing up in Marshall, Texas, where her only taste of running came from racing her dad. But now she is making up for lost time – all without leaving her hometown.

"I’m definitely not a perfect person."

Anna Kottkamp would prefer not to be labeled a perfect example of a student-athlete, even if she is the first from the University of Notre Dame to be named valedictorian of a graduating class. But her successes are certainly an example to uphold. Kottkamp walked on to the rowing team as a freshman with no experience, yet finished with a full scholarship.

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