Oct. 11, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's first Sports Performance Athletes of the Month for the 2012-13 season are senior Taylor Reynolds from women's swimming and diving and Raleigh Smith from men's tennis, Director of Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced today (Oct. 11).
"We are excited to recognize the first two Athletes of the Month for the 2012-2013 school year," Pullara said. "We are just a few short weeks into the new school year but the amount of work being done in the Sport Performance Facility is astounding and two athletes that have stood out among their peers are Senior Taylor Reynolds from Women's Swimming and Junior Raleigh Smith from the Men's Tennis team. Taylor and Raleigh are great representatives of Northwestern student-athletes and are clearly focused on raising the level of their teammates as they head into their competitive seasons.
Taylor Reynolds (Women's Swimming)
A leader both in the pool and the classroom, Taylor has shown a tremendous work ethic in her tenure at Northwestern. As an integral part of the Women Swimming team, she has captured numerous awards including CSCAA Scholar All-America and ranks as one of the top swimmers in NU History. According to Performance Coach Derek Sulo: "Her drive and passion for the sport are admirable and contagious, but her will to bring others along with her is what makes this Wildcat a special athlete."
Raleigh Smith (Men's Tennis)
Raleigh is a great competitor and team leader who brings a no-nonsense workman type of attitude to workouts. Not only does Raleigh encourage his teammates to work harder, but he has also vastly improved his own overall performance on the court by making great strides in his ability to produce force and power and improving his movement efficiency. Assistant Director Tyler Jorgensen says: "Raleigh has put in a tremendous amount of time and hard work this off-season and is a great example of what a competitor should be."
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