It’s DIII Week this week, where colleges across the country are celebrating Division III athletics. The Mount has 21 Division III athletic teams, and today we’re talking with sophomore Biology major and Women’s Tennis player Michelle Carnovale to talk about her Mount experience both on and off the court.
Knight Life: What attracted you to becoming an athlete at the Mount?
Michelle: When I was on the college search, I was unsure if I was going to continue playing college tennis. I knew being a Biology major was going to be difficult and that I was going to need to focus on being a student before being an athlete. I couldn’t imagine my life without playing tennis though because it had been such a huge part of my life since I was five years old. Thus, Division III athletics seemed liked the perfect balance between academics and athletics.
I was attracted to becoming an athlete at the Mount after talking to athletes and coaches at the college. They emphasized the word “student” when it came to being a “student-athlete.” I was also attracted to being an athlete at the Mount after staying overnight with a team member in which I got the opportunity to shadow a student for a day, watch a practice, and bond with the team. The team felt like a family, and the campus felt like a tight-knit community. After this visit, I knew MSMC was something that I had to be a part of. Continue Reading
Last week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) celebrated Division III Week, highlighting and honoring student athletes across the country who participate in collegiate sports at the DIII level. In celebration, members of the MSMC Knights shared their thoughts about why they enjoy being part of a Division III team here at the Mount:
Diamond Umunna (Freshman, Women’s Cross Country)
“Being a DIII athlete is the best way to enjoy college. You have a social life, people on campus look up to you, you get to meet and participate with other non-athletes, and you still have the opportunity to play the sport you love at a high level. Moreover, you graduate with a good degree and you’re extra-ready for the real world – crazy schedules, commitment, competition. So if you’re thinking about what collegiate level to choose, don’t look past DIII just because it doesn’t have the same athletic hype and moreover the money. College is a full experience, and if you want that experience and still want to play sports, then DIII is right for you.” Continue Reading
The 2014-2015 MSMC Dance Team at Bonfire 2014. Briana Croce (kneeling, center) is the president of the team.
Hello! My name is Brianna Croce, and I am from Staten Island, NY. I am a senior Information Technology student seeking certification in Elementary and Special Education, and am also the president of the MSMC Dance Team.
The Mount Saint Mary College Dance Team is a club on campus through the Student Government Association. The Dance Team performs at many events on campus such as basketball games, Alumni and Family Weekend, Bonfire, Spring Weekend, and Relay for Life. We have also performed in the community at local walks and events taking place in the Hudson Valley. Continue Reading
Elizabeth Lavin (far left, #1) is pictured here with the MSMC Volleyball team at a game held at Oneonta on August 29, 2014.
I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in 7th grade and played at the varsity level starting my sophomore year of high school. I flipped between being an Outside Hitter and a Middle Hitter, which is something I still do today. Upon entering my senior year of high school, I was hesitant when deciding whether or not I should try to continue playing in college. Today, I know I made the right decision to play volleyball at the collegiate level. Continue Reading