July 13, 2024

Jenna Dickstein, junior liberal studies major and member of the women’s water polo team

Q: When did you first start playing water polo?

“I first started playing when I was 10 years old. I actually didn’t like it at all for the first month, but once I got the hang of it I fell in love with it. It has been 11 years and I’m still going strong.”

Q: What made you choose CBU?

“I chose CBU because I really wanted to continue my education and my water polo career at some place where I would feel at home. During my recruitment process, I fell in love with the school and all of the people on the water polo team. This school has changed my life for the better in every way possible.”

Q: What is your favorite memory from water polo?

“My favorite memory in this sport has got to be our team’s pregame warm-ups. I am the person who always controls the music on my team and I feel like some of my best moments are when my team and I are just having fun and dancing around while laughing with each other. The group of girls that we have on the team hold a special place in my heart and we are all so bonded that I know they will be in my life forever.”

Q: What is your favorite food before a competition?

“I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They are the key to success for sure. If you eat something super heavy before game it can slow you down but the sandwich is perfect sweet and salty snack to give you energy before the game.”

Q: What is your music of choice for a workout?

“Our team knows every throwback song there is so anything from the early 2000s. I personally love some Pitbull and Rihanna because they have so many pump-up songs that help me get excited before games.”

Q: What is an obstacle you have overcome in your athletic career?

“Most people would think that you would face more of a physical obstacle in this sport since it is one of the hardest sports, but the mental toughness you have to have just to get through it is insane. Being at the D1 level has been such a challenge, but it has taught me how to push through no matter what gets in my way in life.”

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