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Student-athletes set for busy summer

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In the fall, when students return to school, they are often asked to write an essay about what they did on their summer vacations. This week got a head start and asked several LU athletes what they are doing their summer vacations.

Malcolm Smith, junior basketball player:

“I will be working the LU basketball camps, team and individual, through June. It is great to be able to work with these kids. It is fun seeing them grow and knowing I have a hand in that.

“My major is law, justice and society. I will be working June 24-28 in the Law Camp here on campus. It is for high school age students. We teach them about the legal system here in Tennessee. We will visit the State Capitol and visit the state Supreme Court. This will be my first time to work this camp. I am sure I will learn some things as well.

“In July I will be cleared to work out hard again. I will spend time here working out and getting acquainted with coach (Casey) Alexander.”

Brianne Welch, junior softball player:

“This summer I am spending time with my mom, step dad and three siblings in Georgia. I also was able to work with the CMA Award of Merit team. The team is made up of five journalism majors from Tennessee and we got to cover many different events at CMA Fest including the major concerts at LP Field. 

“I will be heading to Florida for the month of July to spend time with my other family and hopefully volunteer part time with a sports writer at a newspaper in Fort Walton Beach.”

Savanna Schubert, senior golfer:

“This summer is packed for me. 

“I am an intern at WATE-TV Channel 6 in Knoxville. Aside from writing the occasional VoSot  (voice over/sounds on tape which is a script read while a video is being shown) and writing for the website, I am also doing (somewhat) on camera stand-ups. None of them can air, but my reel for future employers is coming along. I am doing my internship 18-to-20 hours a week.

“I also am working around 25-to-30 hours a week at Pandora Jewelers in West Town Mall. I'm just trying to help my parents out for the summer so they won't have to pay as much for small things like gas, clothes and fun stuff (that I have time for). I am also saving up for the Hawaii trip that the women's golf team may be going to again this spring.

“Also, I am practicing and playing golf around 15-to-20 hours a week (depending on the week). I go to practice with my dad and sister and we also have workouts that go along with that. 

“Lastly, I help out at my church. This year I worked with the 4-year-olds in VBS. I’m so excited for this! It's one of the best weeks of the year. We have a huge turnout of around 80-120 kids depending on the summer. 

“I will also be playing in several tournaments this summer.”

Tucker Peabody, senior track and field sprinter:

“I am training for the U.S.A. Nationals in two weeks at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I will be competing in the 200.

“Mondays are hard work out days. Tuesdays are for speed training. We have a mixture of workouts on Wednesday. Thursdays we work on the blocks. Three days a week I work out on weights. We work on the track for an hour and with the weights for an hour.

“I work at the Nike Factory Store in Opry Mills. I am studying for the MCAT. I will take it at the end of August. I am also tutoring.”

Caitlin “Dot” Dotson, senior volleyball player:

“This summer I am living in Nashville with two of my best friends, working at an ENT and Allergist and taking Personality Theories online. I moved in with Abby Fay and Kameron Stilwell right before leaving for Brazil.

“I started my new job the day after I returned from the trip to Brazil. I lucked out and get to wear scrubs every day; anything that requires little preparation is right up my alley.

“I was trained to triage for the doctors, which just means taking vital signs and noting the symptoms and primary complaints, and to give allergy shots and do allergy tests. Getting to be so hands on at my first medical job has been awesome.

“I am very thankful to have gotten this position. My day is usually from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The hardest part has been learning to occupy myself for a whole hour during our lunch break - at Lipscomb, we usually only had 10 minutes to get from practice to class so I have taught myself to eat quickly.

“After I get home from work I have an online class to work on and on the weekends I get to stay and enjoy Nashville life! So far, this summer has been great.”

Will Blalock, redshirt junior pitcher:

“I am in Laconia New Hampshire playing summer baseball for the Laconia Muskrats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.”

Maggie Lawrence, junior cross country/track and field

“I'm taking two online classes from Lipscomb (organizational communication and life span development). I'm enjoying both of those classes. But what I'm having even more fun doing is an independent study in biochemistry at Penn State Berks!

“Equally as fun, I'll be running and training for a couple hours each day here in Sinking Springs, Pa. Some days I'll even get to run with my teammate Tessa (Hoefle), who's doing an internship at “Runner's World” in Pennsylvania! 

Bridgette Begle, senior softball player:

“Besides summer workouts and working on getting the bad taste out of my mouth from how our season ended...

“This being my last summer, I am taking the majority of it off.

"I am teaching swim lessons beginning Tuesday June 11 for six weeks. I teach at my neighborhood pool and this is my second summer. I am one of about six teachers. The classes are divided by age and we can get some interesting kids. I teach any ages between about 4 which we call 'bubble blowers' to about 13 which we call 'swimmers'. I really enjoy teaching all the kids, but I really like the older classes because I like to teach diving and endurance swimming. 

“I am also helping coach my little sister’s softball team. Kate, my sister, is 16. The team is technically an 18- and-under Gold team. The team name is Lady Stros Gold. (like the Houston Astros). I really enjoy the girls this year.

“They make me laugh and are such different players than I coached last summer. They are motivated this year and are really ready to start looking seriously at colleges. I will be traveling a lot with them this summer. We are going to Oklahoma next weekend and will also be making trips to the Dallas area and Fort Worth. 

“I am continuing any editing or writing that is needed for “Lumination” as well.”

Dustin Wilder, senior golfer:

“I have been playing in several golf tournaments and working at Golfsmith in Brentwood. You can buy anything golf-related there. You can get fitted for clubs or order clubs.

“I am working a lot on my short game because it is the most important part of the game. I have a tournament just about every week. Between those and working I haven’t spent as much time practicing as I would like.

“I am going to play in 10-to-12 tournaments before the summer is over. A lot of them have qualifiers. So far I am three-for-four in qualifiers. Last week in Madisonville, Ky., I shot 69 in a qualifier for the Southern Amateur in Houston, Tex., July 17-20. There were 18 players trying for three spots and I got one of the three. I am excited about playing there.”

Alex Banks, sophomore basketball player:

“I am at Lipscomb the whole month of June working out and working with the summer basketball camps.  I love it. It is really fun.

“Last year as freshmen we couldn’t work camps.  This year they can. I absolutely love our team this year. It has been good for team bonding. It makes us better friends than we already are because we hang out together in the camp. We are busy, but it is fun to get to work with the kids.

"From July 19-28 I am going to Haiti for my first overseas mission trip. I am going with my little sister, Ashton. We are going with Long Hollow Baptist Church to work at an orphanage there. It is in a compound in the Jeremie, Haiti orphan village.”

 Molly Spitznagle, sophomore volleyball player:

“This summer I'm staying at home spending time with my family and friends in Lafayette, Ind.  From July 15-21 I am coming to Nashville to be a church camp counselor with Garner Goode. Then I'm returning home for a week and then I'm back to Nashville to start summer school and workouts on Aug. 1st.”