Polytech senior Alexsandra Mycek has had a busy few weeks to say the least. The standout softball star helped lead the Panthers to the DIAA State Championship game just over a week ago. She walked among her fellow students in the graduating class of 2013 and topped it off by signing her Letter of Intent to attend East Carolina University where she will play softball.
Mycek represented the Panthers in 3 sports over her 4 years at Polytech, playing volleyball, basketball and of course softball. While her accomplishments in softball have led her to ECU, Mycek was a varsity starter in both volleyball and basketball. And while her future lies on the field, she still has a special passion for all sports she played.
“Even though most people know me for playing softball, I was a varsity starter in both of my other sports as well,” said Mycek. “I guess you could say the enjoyment you get from each of the sports is different. I loved volleyball for the consistency and precision you needed, but basketball was so upbeat and I just felt myself wanting to work harder to get better even though it was a sports I was probably the worst at.”
Even with her passion for volleyball and basketball, softball has been with her from the moment she picked up a bat.
“Softball has been my love since day one, and that’s hard to replace,” said Mycek. “The rush from making a good play or having a clutch hit is something no other sport can replace.”
ECU was one of Mycek’s top choices and she’s thrilled at the opportunity that’s ahead. And with a busy summer to follow, Mycek is ready to start working towards making an impact on the field with the Pirates right away.
“ECU was one of my top choices before I even knew I was going to play softball there,” said Mycek. “It’s a great school and it’s absolutely beautiful. I was blessed to be offered a scholarship to become a student-athlete there and I believe I can contribute as soon as possible by working hard in the off-season.”
A Healthcare and Rehabilitation student at Polytech, Mycek plans on continuing those studies at ECU working towards a career in sports medicine after graduation.
“I plan on taking pre-med classes in college,” said Mycek. “My hopes are to then go to medical school and become an orthopedic doctor or surgeon, this way I can deal with sports related injuries and always be involved with athletes.”
With the whirlwind the last few weeks have no doubt been on Mycek, she’s had time to reflect on her career at Polytech in and out of the classroom. Especially what ended up being one of her favorite memories, the Panthers run to the softball State Championship game this season.
“Being a part of the Polytech softball team has been so rewarding. Every year we’ve had improvements to our team and we’ve added players with so much potential,” said Mycek. “I was a little let down by being so close to being state champions, but at the same time I was so proud of the history we made.”
Mycek will look to take not only her game on the field, but her leadership qualities with her to ECU in the Fall. Qualities that are evident when Mycek reflected on what her and her teammates accomplished this season.
“For us, beating and shutting out Caravel (in the State Semifinals) was the championship game,” said Mycek. ”Regardless of the outcome, I had never been so proud to be a part of that team. Those girls have so much heart and still have a far way to go. Not to mention they’re a young team with a lot of talent already; they can only improve.”