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's Miles Death and Rachel Svendson.
Jr. | Men’s Golf | Plymouth, Minn.
Favorite summer vacation spot: My uncle’s cabin in northern Michigan.
Currently on your music play list: Mostly country music, but a lot of other stuff too such as Blink 182 and red Hot Chili Peppers.
Funniest memory from youth sports: I tipped a puck into my own goal in squirt hockey in a championship game that we lost by one.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Jim Carrey.
Remembering your first college competition: Being amazed about how good everybody else was on the range at Arborlinks GC in Nebraska.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: Hockey. Almost played hockey in college but changed my mind at the last second.
Favorite athlete growing up: Jordan Leopold, because he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and went on to a great career in the NHL.
Favorite professional sports team: Minnesota Wild.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: Golf, my hockey skates, and TV because those are the things I love to do.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Arnold Palmer, Abraham Lincoln, and Mozart.
Favorite television show: Seinfeld
Best advice you’ve ever received: You need three things in life, something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.
Jr. | Women’s Swimming and Diving | East Grand Forks, Minn.
Favorite summer vacation spot: When I was little I would always go to Lake Bemidji with my whole family, so that would have to be my favorite summer vacation spot.
Currently on your music play list: Classic by MKTO, Problem by Ariana Grande, Beat of the Music by Brett Elredge.
Funniest memory from youth sports: The first time I swam the 100 Backstroke when I was 10 I forgot to put my goggles on.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence
Remembering your first college competition: I remember being nervous but I had a lot of fun because it was one of my favorite events, the 800 freestyle.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: If I wasn’t swimming I would be playing softball because that is the only other sport I was ever good at, and I really enjoyed the game.
Favorite athlete growing up: I really admired the distance swimmer Kate Ziegler because she was a world record holder for a while and I wanted to be just like her.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: I couldn’t live without music because it has always been something I loved and it puts me in a good mood. My family, because they are always there for me and are my biggest supporters. Church is also very important in my life and I could not live without it.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: I would love to sit down with my great grandma Dora because I never got to meet her, but from what I hear she was an amazing lady and could always make you smile. I would also like to sit down with the author Maya Angelou because I read one of her books in high school and I really enjoyed the book and would like to know more about her life. The third person I would like to speak to from the past is George Washington because he was the first president and I would love to hear about how he began the presidency.
Favorite television show: My favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory because it always makes me laugh.
Best advice you’ve ever received: The best advice I have been given is to not be afraid to fail and always give a 100 percent no matter what.