Q&A with WildCat of the Week Dina Velazco

Q&A with WildCat of the Week Dina Velazco

The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The 27th student-athlete selected this year is women's tennis player Dina Velazco.

Velazco was stellar in the WildCats' matches last week.  On Friday, she teamed with Jenna Sweet in number one doubles.  The pair had a convincing 8-2 victory, before Velazco won the number one spot in singles.  She took that match 6-1, 6-1.  On Saturday, Velazco and Sweet were once again the top duo.  The two earned their second-straight win, taking down the counterparts 8-1.  In singles, Velazco made a great comeback and nearly one before falling in the 10-point super tiebreak.

What have you gained from being a part of this program?

Before I came to Randolph, tennis was always just an individual sport to me. In my 4 years on the tennis team, I've had the joy of learning what is like to be part of a team that is always supporting you, no matter your results. 

What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?

As cliche as it may sound, I love the small community that Randolph has. I love the ability to be friends and knowing people from different years, majors, and backgrounds, which in my opinion is what makes our education a deeper and richer one. My second favorite thing about the school is our traditions and history because they bring the whole school together and are very fun to be a part of. 

How has being a student-athlete affected you?

It has taught me the value of time, and how to manage it in the most effective way. It has also encouraged me to be a better leader and a positive influence to those around me.   

What is your favorite thing about Randolph College women's tennis?

Being with my team. It doesn't matter if it's during practice or a match away in the small busses, being around such a wonderful and hardworking group of women and coaches keeps me always wanting to be and do better for them. 

With it being Division III Week, what have you gained from playing at Division III Institutions?

Playing in Division III has allowed me to play the sport I have loved since I am 5 years old while always keeping my academics as my priority. I have friends that are playing in Division I or II institutions and all they do is play their sport and go to school (in that order).  Being in Division III has also given me the opportunity to be an active member on campus and being involved in so much more than just tennis and academics. 

Anything else you would like to add.

I am very proud to have been part of the women's tennis team for 4 years, and I can't wait to see the great things my team will accomplish the rest of the season. Let's go Wildcats!!