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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Carina Dominguez Can

D3 Week Graphic - Carina Dominguez Can (Women's Track and Field)

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the seventh annual NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and the surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 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-athlete each day this 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.

Sophomore Carina Dominguez Can (Hillsboro, Ore.) is finishing up her second year on the Bison women's track and field team. Dominguez Can is a spanish major and is on track to graduate in 2021.

In My Own Words: Carina Dominguez Can

What is it like the be a student-athlete in college?
CDC: In high school, I was also considered a student-athlete but in college more commitment is required. The most important thing is to manage my time between sports and school. As an athlete it can become really tough because I always want to improve my performance and meet my academic expectations in order for me to perform well.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
CDC: A student-athlete at a school like Gallaudet University is a privilege for me to be part of, especially for me, being the first generation in my family to be attending a four-year college. The amount of support here is incredible and I will always be thankful to Coach Moore for this opportunity. Being apart of the team is like having another family. 

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
CDC: I would like to become a public speaker, inspiring others, to help others believe in themselves mentally and spiritually. Goals that people have could turn into reality with determination. Also, my goal is to be able to travel to different places in the United States and internationally. 

Since you began throwing, how has it impacted your life? Do you feel being apart of the Gallaudet track and field team has impacted your life?
CDC: I am genuinely and grateful for my Coach Nicky and my teammates for pushing me every day. They have no idea how much they have done for me. The more they push me, the hungrier I become in reaching my goals. Being able to show my accomplishments to my family back home in Oregon makes me proud. I have eight nieces and five nephews, that look up at me as their role model. Some of them do throws for their school as well. It’s amazing, everything I learn here at Gallaudet I teach them.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
One-third of Division III athletics directors are women (highest NCAA divisional %).

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Friday: Sean O’Callaghan (Men's Soccer) | Carina Dominguez-Can (Women's Track)
Thursday: Joesph Mendis (Football) | Sharon Castillo (Women’s Soccer)
Wednesday: Kai Christenberry (Men's Track) | Elizabeth Stern (Softball)
Tuesday: Cameron Upton (Baseball) | Taylor Nguyen (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Rett Jala (Men’s Swimming) | Juliana Bahan (Women's Basketball)

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 the campus and 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 http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2019

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 www.gallaudet.edu.