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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Ivy Sahneyah

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Ivy Sahneyah

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the sixth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 3-9) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week's celebration.

To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight two different student-athletes each day of the week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.

Senior long distance runner and captain of the women's track and field team Ivy Sahneyah (First Mesa, Ariz.) is a three-year letterwinner and is currently in her final season with the team. Sahneyah is on track to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a degree in graphic design. She is also considering a minor in photography.

In My Own Words: Ivy Sahneyah

Ivy Sahneyah headshot What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
IS: Being a student-athlete in college requires a lot more responsibility than being a student-athlete in high school. If you are a student-athlete in college, most of your free time is consumed by doing homework and studying. It is so much different to be a student-athlete in college. You have to show up for practice keep your grade point average (GPA) above 2.0 to continue to particpate. 

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
IS: Every season is a great opportunity to meet new teammates and make new friends. Overall, I am happy that I chose Gallaudet. I know I made an excellent choice because I have full communication access with American Sign Language (ASL). Plus, I am a representative for women's cross country and track and field on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and have served as captain for both teams.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
IS: I have several goals after I graduate. I want to move back to my home state of Arizona where I will look for a graphic design job and save money. I am also thinking of going to graduate school. I will also continue to run and participate in various running events and half marathons. In 2020, I want to run a marathon and it is my goal to participate in a triathlon someday. I couldn't live without running. Running is my passion. I want to continue to teach my parents and siblings in ASL so we can easily communicate with each other. Finally, I want to travel. I love traveling to different countries to see the different art, architecture and  experience different cultures.

Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the women’s track and field team has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
IS: Being a member of the women’s track and field team has influenced and impacted my performance in the classroom, in a positive way, but it has been a challenge. It has been hard to balance athletics and my education but athletics motivates me to manage my time to study and do my homework to keep my GPA up so that I can participate in athletics.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
75 percent of Division III student-athletes receive some form of grant or non-athletic scholarships

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
Saturday: Ian Evans (Men's Baseball) | Ivy Sahneyah (Women's Track and Field)
Friday: Gunner Hahn (Men's Track and Field) | Kristi Luna (Women's Cross Country)
Thursday: Joshua Branscomb (Men's Cross Country) | Courtney Thomas (Softball)
Wednesday: Xuan Lin (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Brynn Schmidt (Women's Volleyball)
Tuesday: Conrad Baer (Mens Soccer) | Faye Frez-Albrecht (Women's Swimming and Diving)
Monday: Cody Crace (Men's Basketball) | Neha Balachandran (Women's Soccer) 

About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on campus and the surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto

About Gallaudet
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto