The newly opened Student-Athlete Nutrition Center gives SIUE athletes quick and healthy food options

In the Cougar Pavilion, the center is on second floor of the Lukas Athletics Annex.

Director of Athletics Tim Hall said the nutrition center helps student-athletes recover calories burned during games.

“It’s a nutrition center, but the phrase that’s very often used is a ‘refueling station,’” Hall said. “As student-athletes, they burn a significant amount of calories. Because of that, it’s important for them to also ingest a certain number of calories.”

The food options available at the nutrition center include fresh fruit, granola bars, Greek yogurt and bagels. The center also has a protein shake and smoothie station.

Director of Athletic Performance Mark Jamison said good nutrition is crucial for student-athlete performance and overall welfare.

“First and foremost, the nutrition center is important because it directly impacts the health and wellness of our student athletes,” Jamison said. “Our top priority is their health and wellness, which are positively impacted by athletic training, athletic performance, sports medicine and sport psychology.”

Jamison said the department has worked to address those concerns for athletes and can now add sports nutrition to that list.

Junior track and field thrower Michaela Smith said she has already seen the positive impact of the center.

“The new nutrition center is awesome,” Smith said. “It’s really beneficial, as athletes, that we train and eat properly; so, this new addition of food and supplements have, without a doubt, helped us.”

Funds for the nutrition center were donated by Dr. Paul and Carol Nativi, of Wood River, Illinois.

Hall said the Nativis are longtime supporters of SIUE — Carol is an SIUE alumna, and Paul is the team dentist for the athletic program. The center was planned in coordination with former athletics director Brad Hewitt and Deputy Athletic Director Jason Coomer.

Hall said this is a project SIUE Athletics has been interested in for some time but needed to locate funds for. He also said the nutrition center will make SIUE more competitive when recruiting student athletes.

“They’re looking for the best academic programs, the best academic classrooms and environments, but they’re also looking for the best athletic environments. And part of that is one that is committed to nutrition and comprehensive student-athlete welfare,” Hall said.

Day-to-day operations will be funded by corporate sponsorships and SIUE Athletics’ operating budget.

The Student-Athlete Nutrition Center is open 7:15 - 10 a.m. and 2:30 - 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The newly opened Student-Athlete Nutrition Center gives SIUE athletes quick and healthy food options.

In the Cougar Pavilion, the center is on second floor of the Lukas Athletics Annex.

Director of Athletics Tim Hall said the nutrition center helps student-athletes recover calories burned during games.

“It’s a nutrition center, but the phrase that’s very often used is a ‘refueling station,’” Hall said. “As student-athletes, they burn a significant amount of calories. Because of that, it’s important for them to also ingest a certain number of calories.”

The food options available at the nutrition center include fresh fruit, granola bars, Greek yogurt and bagels. The center also has a protein shake and smoothie station.

Director of Athletic Performance Mark Jamison said good nutrition is crucial for student-athlete performance and overall welfare.

“First and foremost, the nutrition center is important because it directly impacts the health and wellness of our student athletes,” Jamison said. “Our top priority is their health and wellness, which are positively impacted by athletic training, athletic performance, sports medicine and sport psychology.”

Jamison said the department has worked to address those concerns for athletes and can now add sports nutrition to that list.

Junior track and field thrower Michaela Smith said she has already seen the positive impact of the center.

“The new nutrition center is awesome,” Smith said. “It’s really beneficial, as athletes, that we train and eat properly; so, this new addition of food and supplements have, without a doubt, helped us.”

Funds for the nutrition center were donated by Dr. Paul and Carol Nativi, of Wood River, Illinois.

Hall said the Nativis are longtime supporters of SIUE — Carol is an SIUE alumna, and Paul is the team dentist for the athletic program. The center was planned in coordination with former athletics director Brad Hewitt and Deputy Athletic Director Jason Coomer.

Hall said this is a project SIUE Athletics has been interested in for some time but needed to locate funds for. He also said the nutrition center will make SIUE more competitive when recruiting student athletes.

“They’re looking for the best academic programs, the best academic classrooms and environments, but they’re also looking for the best athletic environments. And part of that is one that is committed to nutrition and comprehensive student-athlete welfare,” Hall said.

Day-to-day operations will be funded by corporate sponsorships and SIUE Athletics’ operating budget.

The Student-Athlete Nutrition Center is open 7:15 - 10 a.m. and 2:30 - 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Tennis dominates Cougar Invite, excel in doubles

University of Dayton, Western Illinois University and William Woods University were all no match for the Cougars this weekend. All nine SIUE players picked up at least one victory at the Cougar Invite. 

Friday’s competition opened with singles against Dayton. At the end of the weekend, the Cougars closed the tournament 14-3 in singles play.

According to Head Coach Adam Albertsen, freshman Jill Lambrechts’ comeback in her singles match against Dayton’s Paige Kompa was one of Friday’s many highlights. 

“A huge highlight was Jill’s singles match against No. 1,” Albertsen said. “She started down 0-5 and just looked like she was in a hole, [then] came back and was able to win that set 7-5 and pulled out the whole match.” 

Lambrechts went on to defeat William Woods’ Ana Zavala in spot no. 3, winning both of her singles matches this weekend. Senior Lara Tupper, sophomore Vanessa Reinicke, freshman Melissa Vizcardo and redshirt junior Callaghan Adams won both their singles matches. Sophomore Maria Thibault defeated Western Illinois’ Ericka Dawson in her only singles match of the tournament. 

The Cougars finished the tournament 7-3 in doubles play. On Saturday, three SIUE doubles pairs went undefeated — Lambrechts and Reinicke, Tupper and Vizcardo, and Adams and Thibault. 

Albertsen said seeing each of these doubles pairs succeed was particularly gratifying, as the team went into the tournament with their eyes on improving their doubles play. 

“Coming into the tournament, the big thing we wanted to see was doubles improvement, and we just finished the tournament going 7-3 in doubles,” Albertsen said. “We saw a lot of good things — a lot of movement, a lot of good positioning — in our doubles teams.” 

Lambrechts and Reinicke closed out their final doubles match with a 7-5 win. Lambrechts said she believes focusing heavily on her doubles play at practice contributed to the win. 

“I think we just have to keep in mind that we play our game and stay focused on that and do the things we learned during practice because we worked a lot on our doubles,” Lambrechts said.

“We did a lot of doubles drills to make sure we got improvement, and I think we saw improvement already.”

Lambrechts said she saw improvement in her serves, while Reinicke said she saw overall improvement in their movement, just as Albertsen had noted. 

“Our movement was much better. For example, we have to look at the right person when we play doubles, and we’re always ready,” Reinicke said. 

The Cougars will play next at the  ITA Regional beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. According to Albertsen, the team will battle some of the best players in college tennis at the regional.

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