NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sydney Johnson, SUNY Poly

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sydney Johnson, SUNY Poly

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we get to know Sydney Johnson from SUNY Poly.

Name: Sydney Johnson
Sport(s): Women's Volleyball
Hometown: Nine Mile Falls, Wash.

What is your current class year and major? 

I am a senior studying communication and informational design.

Why did you choose to attend SUNY Poly?

It was a close knit community-based school where I could see myself pursuing my education goals while also having time to play the sport I love.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Wildcats?

It means holding yourself to a higher standard and to give max effort into not only yourself but to your team and to the school in general.

If you could pick one favorite moment at SUNY Poly, what would it be?

My favorite moment would be my freshman year, making it to the NEAC Championship game against Gallaudet. I can remember sitting in the locker room with my team so nervous and excited to compete for a championship. We all took the court with so much confidence and energy! I had never been so nervous in my life, but the team picked me up and pumped me up for the most important game of my career. I can still recall every moment and feeling from that day.

What are your future goals?

My nearest future goal is to win a NEAC Championship, being that it’s my last season. I also hope to keep raising the women’s volleyball assists record at SUNY Poly. I would also like to be recognized as the best setter in the history of both the women's and men's program at SUNY Poly. 

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I was a part of the SUNY Poly Student Government Union in my sophomore and junior year. Unfortunately, my studies and athletics commitments do not leave me enough time to continue my involvement with SGU. Now, with my background in graphic design, I help out in the Athletics Department with some graphics and game-day work.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Perseverance, dedication, relentlessness

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

Music usually dictates my mindset in most situations. For me, a good pregame playlist is a huge part of my routine. I always like to listen to it with my teammates to get them into that same competitive mindset.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food:  French Toast

Professional Team or Player: Michael Jordan

Movie: Hitch

Class at SUNY Poly: Public Relations Writing

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I am #NEACStrong because of the drive I have as a student-athlete and the love I have for athletics.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: