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Setter Spotlight: Athletics

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Pace student-athletes know what it takes to succeed—both on and off the field or court. They work hard, support each other, and leave an indelible mark on the community. Hear more about their experiences at Pace!

Pace Athletics’ student-athletes adhere to an expectation that upholds the values of citizenship, inclusion, and service. They are a diverse, passionate set of individuals who work incredibly hard in their areas of study, and they do the entire Pace Community proud in their efforts both on and off the field (or court!). We’re excited to highlight a few of their stories and experiences on the PLV Campus.

It was only natural that Jackie DelliSanti ’20 would gravitate toward the women’s basketball team at Pace, having played in high school. “When I came to campus, everyone was friendly and very welcoming. The coaches and other staff were very honest, [and] I felt that they truly had my best intentions at heart.” She’s been named “Setter of the Week” by Pace Athletics numerous times, and has worked hard to earn 1,298 points, 724 rebounds, and 248 assists in 111 games. She was even named team MVP in her junior year, and as a senior, she was second in assists. “Being on a team is an experience I would not trade,” DelliSanti told us. “Through basketball, I made so many friends that I still have today.”


You could say basketball is in the blood for Peyton Wejnert ’20. He hails from a family of all-stars: his father was a McDonald’s All American, and his sister was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. He utilizes “a mix of communication, business skills, and leadership” when joining any team both on and off the court, and he’s built what he calls “mental toughness,” which he’s honed over several years. “Being successful is hard,” he told us. “[And] I think a lot of people fall short of their potential because they don’t have the right approach and mental fortitude. If you say you want success, then you have to be headstrong and face challenges with enthusiasm. Don’t find reasons for why you can’t—just focus on how you will.”


Cristina Rosario Pérez ’23 traveled from Puerto Rico to come to Pace, and she faced more obstacles than most; Hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017, and it is now considered to be the worst natural disaster to affect her home in recorded history. “I had no electricity and no water for months after [the storm] hit, and I was scared about my future,” she explained. Motivated by her desire to one day receive a college scholarship, Pérez trained vigorously until she earned her spot on Pace’s swimming and diving team. But what motivates her now that she has achieved the goal that once seemed impossible to reach? “Representing [my team] with as much pride as I can,” she told us. The most important thing to Pérez is “giving my best at practices so I can give my best to the team.”


Jana Ciric ’20 is in it to win it—literally. She’s earned the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Sport Excellence Award two years running, and she broke six—count ‘em, six!—of Pace’s swimming records. “Ever since I was a little kid, I loved being in the water,” Ciric explained. “Thanks to swimming, I met my best friends, visited many different places, and even came to the US. These reasons always remind me why I love being a swimmer and why I am always grateful to have chosen this sport. It has presented me with many great opportunities and taught me many valuable skills like time management, incredible work ethic, determination, and perseverance.” Ciric’s family, she says, who live 5,000 miles away in Niš, Serbia, “are always cheering me on and following all of my meets.”

Got game? Check out the Pace Athletics website and follow their Twitter and Instagram accounts for all the latest updates regarding upcoming games and ways to support our Setters.

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