KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 3, 2018) – To celebrate NCAA Division III Week, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) caught up with some of the top senior student-athletes at the Academy to find out why they chose to compete at the Division III level at USMMA. Our second spotlight of "#D3Week" is with volleyball's senior captain Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.).
Pope helped lead the Mariners to the 2017 Skyline Conference Championship and back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2001 season. She was a two-time All-Skyline First Team selection in 2016 and 2017 and was named the Skyline Tournament MVP in 2017. Pope will also be a member of the USMMA track & field program this upcoming outdoor season.
Off the court, within the USMMA Regiment of Midshipmen, Pope serves as the Second Company Watch Officer for the second rotation of the 2017-18 academic year.
KP): What made you choose to come to the Academy?
I decided to come the Academy to receive a unique education and to challenge myself into becoming a better leader. I also wanted the opportunity to see parts of the world that I had never seen before.
KP: What have you learned while here?
While at the Academy, I believe that I have been able to better my leadership abilities. I have learned to take challenges and face them, as well as adjust to situations that are out of my comfort zone. I have managed to work through adversity, whether it was by myself or with others.
KP: What has been the best part of being a Division III student-athlete?
The best part about being a Division III athlete has been having the ability to play at a competitive level against athletes from all over the region. I have also enjoyed being part of a growing program, which I have been able to help develop into what it is today.
KP: How has being a Division III Athlete prepared you for your future? What's next for you?
Being a Division III athlete has helped me learn the importance of time management. It has prepared me in a way where I feel more capable of prioritizing my responsibilities. I hope that after graduation I can work in the field of port/terminal management and supervision.
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