May 23, 2013
Northwestern's April Sports Performance Athletes of the Month are sophomores Tina Umanskiy of fencing and Dave Sobolewski of men's basketball, Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced.
"These two athletes have set the pace for their respective teams and challenged their teammates to keep up with them," Pullara said. "Dave and Tina are fine examples of the student-athletes here at Northwestern that understand the importance of hard work and commitment to be successful in their sport."
Tina Umanksiy (Fencing)
Tina has been a great teammate this spring as fencing began their off-season training. Tina encourages others on the team, always attempting to help those around her improve. "Her presence adds to the overall training atmosphere and experience of the team," said Assistant Sports Performance Coach Justin Blatner. "The other women on the team seem to build off the energy she brings to their morning workouts."
In addition, Tina has assisted the captains when it came to organizing the team and making sure they was prepared for and on tasks for workouts. Her attitude and effort toward helping her team start their preparation for next year's season exemplified her as the sports performance athlete of the month.
Dave Sobolewski (Men's Basketball)
Dave "Sobo" Sobolewski has really stepped up his leadership qualities. On the court, a point guard is a "floor general" and has to direct others. Sobolewski has taken that role and carried it to all aspects of the program. He leads in the locker room, class room, and especially in the performance facility. He embraces the idea of being a complete athlete by dialing in proper nutrition and adequate recovery methods. Sobolewski works hard to influence his teammates in a similar fashion and share what he learns. He often is on the court or in the performance facility doing extra training, and he usually brings one or two teammates with him.
"Sobo has been instrumental in the transition with Coach Collins and his new staff. He bought in to the new mindset from day one, worked hard on his own personal areas of improvement, and stepped up as to lead his teammates in the performance facility," Sports Performance Coach Mike Schweigert said. "Sobo is in the best shape of his career and still has room to improve. Off the court he is known as "Sobo", but In the weight room his nick name is `Swolebo' - he attacks workouts with a fierce mindset and it is a great example for the underclassmen."
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