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A Day in the Life

Three student athletes offer a snapshot of life in the collegiate fast lane

By Susan Andrew and Mike Gore

castroBobby Castro

GPA: 3.85, Honor Roll
Junior, Health & Wellness Promotion
Defensive Captain with the Bulldog Soccer Team

A day in his life: Castro begins at 8 a.m. with Chemistry and Health Communications classes, followed by a weight-lifting workout. After lunch, he's in Chemistry Lab for three hours, then it's soccer practice until 6:30. After that he heads to the training room. He'll catch a quick dinner off campus, where he gets some studying in. "I go to Jersey Mike's so often, I get a lot of points for free subs!"

Future plans: Further study to be a physician assistant; hoping to attend Duke or Wake Forest. "I think my major has prepared me well—my teachers always challenge me to learn more."

How he decompresses: Tuesday and Thursday are his catch-up days, as he has only one class. For down time, Castro goes bowling, or takes a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Extracurriculars: The Order of Pisgah, the Student-Alumni Association, plus the Homecoming and Student Leadership Award Committees

BlaylockGrace Blaylock

GPA: 3.80
Senior, Health & Wellness Promotion
Shooting Guard with the Bulldog Women's Basketball Team

A day in her life: During the fall basketball pre-season, Blaylock's day starts at 7 a.m. with an hour of running for cardio training. That's followed by a workout with her coach, after which she's in class (Nutrition and Pathophysiology) until noon. After lunch it's rehab—Blaylock is recovering from foot surgery—followed by Sociology and Psychology classes. She'll play a pickup game for an hour, then head home to make dinner, study, and get to bed early.

Future plans: Blaylock is applying to 10 medical schools; her first choice is Virginia Commonwealth University's medical program in Richmond.
How she decompresses: "I have no classes on Friday; I use this as time for myself. As a student-athlete, you learn early to manage your time. I find it really important to take advantage of spare 15- and 30-minute time blocks during my day. I try to get all of my work done early in the week so weekends can be free from school.

Small indulgences: "I LOVE salted caramel ice cream from The Hop!"

wormackLeah Wormack,

GPA: 3.9, Dean's List
Sophomore, Chemistry
Power Forward/Center with the Bulldog Women's Basketball Team

A day in her life: Wormack's alarm goes off at 4:50 a.m. and she heads off to the training room for a workout before basketball practice at 6 a.m. Then it's a quick shower, and she's off to classes (cell biology, organic chemistry, and Spanish). By then it's noon and she's in the training room again before grabbing lunch and heading to a 6-hour organic chemistry lab. By 7:45 p.m. she's getting dinner and catching up with her suite mates before getting to bed early.

How she decompresses: "I love the game. Playing is a great stress reliever because it allows you to take out any aggression, and by the time we're finished, I don't have the energy to be stressed anymore!"

Future plans: Dental school; hopes to be an oral surgeon. Meantime, Wormack hopes to continue undergraduate research in gas kinetics she began over the summer, exploring possible replacements for substances that deplete Earth's ozone layer.

Favorite indulgence: Sushi. "A few of my teammates and I treat ourselves to 'Sushi Sunday.' The waitresses at Green Tea probably have our orders memorized—we go every week

Bulldog Bits

Swimming: UNC Asheville has a swim team for the first time in more than 35 years, as the Bulldog women's team began competition this year under new coach Elizabeth Lykins. In September, the Bulldogs delighted a capacity crowd by taking five first-place finishes out of 10 events against Mars Hill College. Alessandra Troncoso and Galen Broido each won two events for Asheville. The Bulldog 200-yard medley relay team won its race by more than 10 seconds in the first meet of the event. The season concludes with the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championship in late February 2013.

Volleyball: The UNC Asheville volleyball team is showing great promise this season. The Bulldogs have three freshmen starters in their lineup, and a tough early-season schedule has prepared them for the rigors of the Big South Conference. Asheville has shown great resolve this year by winning three matches in five sets, including victories over Western Carolina and defending Big South champion Liberty. In both matches, the Bulldogs rallied for wins.

Soccer: The UNC Asheville women's soccer team continues to build under the steady leadership of third-year coach Michelle Demko. The Bulldogs have posted some impressive wins this year. Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Eckert is among the scoring leaders in the Big South, while sophomore goalkeeper Heather Muller is one of the league's best. Meanwhile, the men's team is one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2012. The Bulldogs have been improving with each match, losing five matches by just one goal this season.

Cross Country: The UNC Asheville men's and women's cross country teams are both much improved this season. On the women's side, the Bulldog harriers finished higher than regionally-ranked Charlotte in the first meet of the season at Western Carolina. Senior Emma Bussard has been Asheville's top runner all year, as she won the UNC Asheville Invitational in late September. On the men's side, the highlight of the season was winning the UNC Asheville Invitational. Coach Jesse Norman's team dominated the meet, which included a first-place finish from sophomore Kevin Paradise.

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