West U23 Selections

From Dustin George:

Thank you to those that came out to the Texas or Colorado camps this year. I feel they were both assets and turned out close to a 50 player selection overall. Also thank you to all the coaches who helped with the camps and selections this year. Your help is much appreciated!

Below are the selections for the 2006 West U23 AllStar team that will compete in the USA U23 ITT’s in Boulder.

1 Traci Schmidtke (AUSTIN)
2 Joe Milholm (AT LARGE)
3 Stephanie Wideman (UNM)
4 Sandy Nelson (KC JAZZ)
5 Jaclyn Poteraj (CU)
6 Natalie Frank (UNM)
7 Nicole Huber (ABERDEEN)
8 Sarah McDonald (RICE)
9 Danielle Spickard (UNC)
10 Jillion Potter (UNM)
11 Brea Hughes (TAMU)
12 Jen Swenton (OU)
13 Stacy Legler (WYO)
14 Kathryn Pavao (UNC)
15 Jenna Middleton (CSU)
16 Jennnifer Jones (AFA)
17 Mollyrose Graves (BOU)
18 Alicia Binggeli (AFA)
19 Sydney Forestal (UNM)
20 Tiffany Williams (OG)
21 Betsy Bryant (TAMU)
22 Stephanie Filmore (UNC)
23 Kelsey Hudson (OU)
24 Olivia Herdt (WYO)

Thanks again to everyone!
Dustin George
West U23
Head Coach

And this is an email from my head coach about the selection of two Oklahoma Roses:
Congratulations to Kelsey Hudson and Jenn Swenton!

Kelsey is a 19-year old freshman in her first year of rugby, but her athleticism and coachability made her an easy selection for the select-side team. As assistant coach Angie Cranmore said, “Kelsey is all strength and savvy, and her enthusiasm is contagious”. Kelsey tried out as a lock, but we all know she’s a little short for lock at that level. She’ll start to see more playing time in the loose forwards and at prop. My personal opinion is that if Kelsey will accept the challenge, she could be an Eagle prop in no time. Congratulations, Kelsey! Your mates and coaches are proud of your accomplishment.

Jenn is a 20-year old junior in her third year of rugby. Jenn has been on the West U-23 for two years now, last year being selected to the USA National Player Development Pool. We are hoping that Jenn will make the U-23 Eagle team this year. OU men’s coach Larry Naifeh says, “Jenn Swenton is the most significant impact player I have observed in the centers. She is exceptional with ball in hand and makes those around her better. Defensively she is the best stopper I have seen. Jenn is excellent to coach, understands our game, and knows how to listen and make adjustments in her game”. Congratulations, Jenn! We are proud of your accomplishment. Show Kelsey the ropes!

As always, we are accepting donations to assist these young ladies with travel costs. They will travel to Colorado Springs for training camp, then to Blaine, Minnesota for ITTs at the National Sports Complex. Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to Dr. Michelle Corr, 2128 W. Boyd St., Norman, OK 73069.

Great job, Roses!
Tracy Curtis
Head Coach
Oklahoma Roses

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