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Winning Weekend

Wildcats student-athletes shine at MIAC leadership conference.

Nicole Hempler, St. Kate's associate head swimming and diving coach and its new assistant athletic director, wasn't sure what to expect when she took nine student-athletes to St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, last August for a leadership conference sponsored by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

Then the opening session, the "True Colors™ Personality Assessment," exceeded all expectations.

"Hearing the strengths and weaknesses of each color type helped me learn what I could work on to improve as a leader," recalls Wildcat swimmer Sarah Vrudny '12, president of the Wildcat Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Kristina Poss '14 loved the sessions about brain function and coping with the pressures of competition. "Motivation and mental toughness are really important in sports and in life," says Poss, a varsity runner and secretary of St. Kate's Medical Interest Group.

For hockey co-captain Kayla Clafton '12, "moments of leadership" became the conference's takeaway phrase because it gives everyone the opportunity to lead. "Being a leader isn't necessarily defined as having a title," she explains. "People should think about that, especially in the workplace." — Karen K. Hansen

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