I had the opportunity to sit down with a few athletes over the past two weeks to catch up and see what our student athletes summer regiments consisted of in order to repeat Queens’ success from a year ago. It didn’t take long to see that many of our athletes, especially the senior class, were committed this summer on improving their skills.
Senior point guard and basketball co-captain Sean Eads was very vocal about the work that he and his team put in this summer. “For skill work I and a few other college players got the opportunity to work out with a former NBA player. He pushed me every workout to get better on my weaknesses. Everyone has flaws in their game and it’s those who realize it and do something to turn those into strengths (who become) great. I lifted three-four days a week and would keep up on my conditioning.”
Eads, who will be a second year captain this year, also talked about his teammates and the work they put in. “Our guys made it their goal to improve their entire games this summer. I mean it’s my last year to do something special for this program and university. Just talking ball gets me pumped for the year.”
Unlike basketball, many athletes were invited to participate in various amateur events around the country over the summer. Highly talented senior Christiaan Lee-Daigle, from Ontario, Canada, was invited to represent his country in China for the 26th annual Summer Universiade tennis competitions. “This was a great honor for me. Representing your country has always been a dream of mine. It was an experience I will never forget.” Lee went on to say how much time he has spent on conditioning this summer so he starts the season in peak shape.
Incoming freshmen also have been putting in work this summer in hopes of making immediate impacts on their teams. Freshmen golfer and long ball hitter Alex Weare expressed how important it is to get used to the conditions in North Carolina. “In England, we do not have grass like this. Courses are much different and the weather is much warmer. I’ve been working a lot on my short game the first few weeks of school to try to get used to how the golf ball reacts. I know what it’s going to take to get better, and I plan on doing that.” Weare has just over two weeks to finish his preparations before the men’s golf squad travels to Destin, Fla., for its first event of the fall.
With accomplished upperclassmen and dedicated freshmen, Queens has high expectations to continue growing into one of the most respected Division 2 athlete programs in the country.