|Amanda "Chiddy' Chidester and myself.|
First time there's ever been 2 Wolverines on a USA team!
Once this summer season started, it was relentless. We reported to Ohio for selection camp and training on June 9th and only had a 3-day break between then and July 23rd. We went pretty much nonstop from Ohio to World Championships. As I said before, this team really clicked and it didn't take too much time for us to gel on the field. Our off-field antics were also amazing. There was never a dull moment with this group.
|Our ever-entertaining van|
|Chelsea and I in our grandma pin curls|
Back to summer...it didn't end how anyone would have hoped for. After beating Japan the previous night, we lost the championship game in the 9th inning. Japan returned many of their gold medalists from 2008, including Ueno, the pitcher who eluded the Dream Team line-up. I thought we had several opportunities to win the game, but simply came up just short. Youth definitely showed a bit, but didn't cost us the game. It's tough to lose a championship with the same record as the winners, especially when we beat them hours beforehand. However, we fought very hard and I couldn't be more proud of this team and what we accomplished this summer.
We parted ways very reluctantly. The most memorable "split" was the newly conjoined Jackie Traina and Amanda Chidester. They had separation anxiety before they even were yanked in different directions across the country. I can't envision this group being split up for too much longer. Definitely had a blast this summer and made friends that I want to keep in my life forever and ever and ever.
|Amazing backdrop of the city and one of the stages.|
|This is my best friend, Claire. She keeps my life|
interesting and amazing and most importantly,
|The crazy storm that came through on the wrong weekend|
Ok, I'm cutting myself off. This post was entirely too long.....but how do you fit such an exciting summer in one post?!?
til next time...