Former OTC residents like Hunter Griendling have played their way into the 15s pool.
GREELEY, Colo. – One month prior to the kickoff of the second annual Women’s Rugby Super Series, University of Northern Colorado is hosting 53 athletes for a National All-Star Competition (NASC) June 2-7.
An assembly roster for the July 1-9 Super Series – also featuring top-ranked sides Canada, England, and France – will come out of the NASC, held the same weekend as the USA Rugby Club National Championships in Glendale, Colo. Athletes in attendance will be separated into two teams for matches held Saturday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 7.
Women’s Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg will lead the camp as well as attend Club Championships Saturday, at which at least five NASC invitees could be in action with their club sides. With the Women’s Division I and Division II Finals scheduled for June 4, the senior club players will follow the same recovery guidelines as the players in that day’s NASC match.
Several student-athletes – including College 15s National Champions Tess Feury and Taylah Pipkin – will also travel to Colorado for the NASC instead of playing in their final sevens tournament of the collegiate season. Elizabeth Cairns, Pennsylvania State University Head Coach Kate Daley, and College 7s National Champion Nicole Strasko will arrive at the end of the weekend, coaching and playing for Penn State and Life University in said tournament.
Forty-one of the athletes invited to the NASC are currently in the Women’s Eagles or age-grade player pools, named in February. Others, like Nicole Snyder of College 7s runner-up Bloomsburg University and former Olympic Training Center residents Hunter Griendling and Kate Zackary, have played their way into selection consideration.
The six total matches of the Super Series will be played at Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City 14 months prior to the start of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland. The NASCs will continue to serve as a selection vehicle for such competitions, as well as age-grade assemblies.
The Super Series roster will be announced at the culmination of the NASC.
National All-Star Competition | June 2-7Adekemi Adewunmi – Denver Black IceBaylee Annis – BurlingtonKathryn Augustyn – Berkeley All BluesCatherine Benson – Life WestRebekah Bernheim – Colorado SpringsSylvia Braaten – Twin Cities AmazonsStacey Bridges – Scion SirensRuth Bryson – Berkeley All BluesSarah Buonopane – BeantownElizabeth Cairns – Pennsylvania StateElena Cantorna – Seattle SaracensSarah Chobot – Glendale RaptorsBianca Dalal – San Diego SurfersKathleen Daley – Women’s National TeamYejadai Dunn – Dartmouth CollegeFrieda Fetu’u – Berkeley All BluesTiffany Faaee – New York Rugby ClubTess Feury – Pennsylvania StateMegan Foster – Life West WRFCJordan Gray – Brigham Young UniversityRachel Griendling – Women’s National TeamNicole James – Houston Athletic Rugby ClubBailey Johnson – Minnesota ValkyriesMolly Kinsella – Glendale RaptorsJoanna Kitlinski – Glendale RaptorsHannah Lockwood – San Diego SurfersJennifer Lui – Glendale RaptorsSamantha Luther – BeantownEtta Mailau – VipersSaskia Morgan – Brown UniversityUzoamaka Okoro – Brown UniversityDeven Owsiany – San Diego SurfersSamantha Pankey – Washington FuriesSara Parsons – Austin ValkyriesChristiane Pheil – Chicago North ShoreMegan Pinson – Life West WRFCTaylah Pipkin – Pennsylvania State UniversityJamila Reinhardt – Augusta WRFCLauren Rhode – New York Rugby ClubHope Rogers – Pennsylvania State UniversityKimberly Rozier – Washington FuriesFrancesca Sands – Norwich UniversityHaley Schafer – Central Washington UniversityAsinate Serevi – Central Washington UniversityJennifer Sever – Life West WRFCNicole Snyder – Bloomsburg UniversityKelsi Stockert – Seattle SaracensNicole Strasko – Life UniversityNaya Tapper – University of North CarolinaElizabeth Trujillo – San Diego SurfersAlycia Washington – Hartford Wild RosesJessica Wooden – American Rugby Pro Training CenterKatherine Zackary – Women’s National Team
National All-Star Competition | Coaching StaffPete Steinberg – Head CoachPeter Baggetta – CoachMartha Daines – CoachRichard Ashfield – CoachKatrina Logan – CoachJon Mooney – CoachKitt Ruiz – CoachLisa Rosen – Coach Advisor
National All-Star Competition | High Performance StaffChristian Carter – Strength & ConditioningMichael Souders – Strength & ConditioningSarah Leslie – Head PhysiotherapistAmie Kern – PhysiotherapistCaitlin Singletary – Video
National All-Star Competition | ManagementRoshna WunderlichLance Pruett