PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 5, 2014) – Rutgers field hockey freshman D Devon Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.), and head coach Meredith Long, were each selected to play in the USA Women’s National Field Hockey Championship. Sophomore M Ali Stever (Ocean City, N.J.) also trained at the USA Field Hockey New Jersey High Performance Center and competed for a spot in the Women’s National Championship.
Transfer Jasmine Cole (Montclair, N.J.), who spent her freshman season with at the University of Pennsylvania, will compete in the USA Field Hockey U21 Women’s National Championship, while incoming freshmen Jade Dixon (Berlin, N.J.) and Haley Meade (Freehold, N.J.) each earned spots in the 2014 USA Field Hockey Futures Elite Championship.
Long, Freshnock and Stever each competed in scrimmages and training with some of the country’s top players for an opportunity to compete with the New Jersey squad in the 2014 national championship (June 16-21) at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The national championship is held annually and features the most elite athletes in the country, including top collegiate players, current U.S. National Team members and members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team. Athletes train at High Performance sites throughout the country in hopes of being named to the women’s national championship squad for their region. Selections are performance based to ensure that the strongest representative team participates at the national championship. The six regional squads (New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, South, California, Midwest) then face off in June for the prestigious title of national champion.
The Women’s National Championship serves as the selection trials for the U.S. Women’s National Squad.
USA Field Hockey's High Performance Training Centers identify and train potential National Team athletes through comprehensive training and skill enhancement sessions, as well as premier level competitions. High Performance Centers allow athletes to train in regional areas close to their homes by some of the country's top coaches.
The trials are open to enrolled collegiate athlete and post-collegiate athletes identified by USA Field Hockey.
Cole’s U21 Women’s National Championship features the top 72 U21 athletes across the country, playing for a highly coveted spot at this year’s junior national camp in hopes of being selected to one of the 2014-2015 junior national teams.
The Futures Elite Championship, where Dixon and Meade will represent RU, consists of the best high school field hockey athletes in the country. The Futures Elite Championship features the top 72 athletes spanning the U14, U16 and U19 age groups. Athletes from four teams go head-to-head in this tournament for the opportunity to be selected to the AAU Junior Olympics, Junior National Camp and the following year’s Futures Elite Program.
The U21 National Championship and the Futures Elite Championship also take place at Spooky Nook Sports (June 22-25).
In addition to participating in the Women’s National Championship, Coach Long has also been selected to coach in the Futures Elite Championship event and will compete in the 2014 Harrow Cup in Philadelphia (June 7-8) at Temple University. The Harrow Cup is a USA Field Hockey sanctioned, post-collegiate women’s field hockey tournament with six teams competing in the weekend-long tournament. Long is captain of the Titans squad. Former Rutgers field hockey players Bobbi Jo Adams and Amanda Sawasky are also competing for the Titans.
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