Inside ACCess: Meet the 2010 ACC Postgraduate Scholars - Part 4

June 11, 2010

ACC Postgraduate Scholars
If you had to pick a favorite athlete, in any sport, who would you pick and why? The top 3 songs on my iPod are . . . My pre-game supersition or ritual is to . . . Being a student-athlete has taught me . . . Everyone should know that my sport is . . . The person who has had the biggest influence on my life is . . .
 
Steve Aponavicius
Boston College
Football

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies, because he has an undying dedication and unbelieveable work ethic. My iPod is broken... Make a drop-kick with Billy Flutie. Hard work, discipline, time management, leadership and that failure is not acceptable. Much more difficult than it looks. It takes a ton of practice. My dad; he's so good at everything, it has made me strive to do the same.
 
Jordana Price
Florida State
Volleyball

Michael Jordan, because he paved the way to be great for so many athletes. You'll find a Way by Santigold, Till I Collapse by Eminem, and My Chick Bud by Ludacris.

Scout the other team intensely and touch the line under the volleyball net before we shake hands.

Time management, especially how to handle anything that life throws at me. Volleyball. My mom.
 
Ryann Kopacka
Georgia Tech
Women's Swimming

Jackie Robinson, because I admire his courage. In Me by Casting Crowns and Walk it Out by DJ UNK. Stretch a lot. Discipline, desire and determination. Difficult and requires a lot of time, attention and training. My mom & dad.
 
Austin Hampton
NC State
Men's Diving

Lance Armstrong, because he has been able to overcome adversity to still win and dominate.

Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg; Colorblind by Counting Crows; and Feel It by 36 Mafia.

Listen to music, do abs & stretch and talk to my coach. The importance of balancing my sport and my school, time management, and dedication. Springboard/platform diving, which is amazing. Not just one person, but my entire family, because of everything they have sacrificed and the support they have given me.
 
Abby Barney
Virginia Tech
Women's Swimming

Wilma Rudolf (track) because she had polio and overcame her struggle to become an olympian.

Courage to Grow by Rebelution, Bullet and a Target by Citizen Cope, and Mr. Jones by Counting Crows.

Drink Starbucks Mocha Fraps before my race. Dedication and time management. Swimming. My parents, for supporting me through the years, coming to most all my meets, and the countless times they've driven carpool.