USA Rugby has named 28 players to its Under-20s Women’s Performance Squad in fifteens and another 15 to its Hawk-Eye Player group in sevens.
Both programs are part of the USA Rugby high-performance pathway and are a vehicle for Senior team selection.
USA Rugby General Manager for Women’s High-Performance Emilie Bydwell said: “Having a U20 Performance Squad allows the national team to better support our top tier developing age grade players and providing them with additional resources to maximize individual growth and team performance in the annual summer competition. The model that we are currently implementing has a large net at the GHSAA level, the pool is narrowed at the U20, and then widens again at the Collegiate level, where U20 athletes not involved in the U20 Performance Squad, selection camp and competition can still participate.
“The Hawk Eye program is a pilot Long Term Athlete Development program that allows us to really invest in a focus group players over multiple years without the constraints of specific age groups. Both programs align with the core principle of investing in players year-round holistically, and moving away from event-based planning and development, maximizing the time between assemblies.”
Selections for the U20 Women’s Performance squad were made from prior year age-grade assemblies, nominations, scouting, and Regional Cup Tournaments. Tiana and Tiara A’au, McKenna Strong and Mary Jane Pasioles are on the Senior Women’s National Team’s Performance squad but are U20 eligible.
Six players selected to the Hawk-Eye Playing Group are eligible for the U20s program and four are eligible for the High School All-American program. Three have already debuted with the senior national team including Kayla Canett, Lauren Thunen, and Emily Henrich. The Hawk Eye program is fluid in age-range.
Players will receive annual plans which include Hawk-Eye specific, age-grade, and senior assemblies, as well as apprenticeships at senior events. Development plans, daily monitoring, and a customized strength & conditioning program will also be incorporated to supplement the current training environment. From the Hawk-Eye program, which is fluid in age-range, players can graduate to senior team programs.
USA U20 Women’s Performance Squad
|Tiana A’au*||Prop||Central Washington University|
|Tiara A’au*||Prop||Central Washington University|
|Ubaida Ahmed||Back Three||Mount St. Mary’s College|
|Destiny Arena||Hooker||Lindenwood University|
|Megan Bird||Fullback||Davenport University|
|Mckenzie Borchers||Center||Army West Point|
|Naomi Collins||Back Row||Army West Point|
|Moira Dillow||Second Row||Lindenwood University|
|Morgan Freeman||Hooker/Scrumhalf||Lindenwood University|
|Natalie Gray||Second Row||Lindenwood University|
|Sophia Haley||Back Row||Dartmouth College|
|Erica Jarrell||Second Row||Harvard University / Beantown Rugby|
|Tori Jones||Prop/Hooker||University of Notre Dame|
|Allison Koenig||Flyhalf / Fullback||Quinnipiac University|
|Jessica Laughlin||Flyhalf / Fullback||Lindenwood University|
|Gio Ferguson-Lewis||Back Row||Army West Point|
|Alex DiMarco||Flyhalf||Army West Point|
|Mary Jane Pasioles*||Scrum Half / Flyhalf||Central Washington University|
|Karissa Postula||Center||Oregon Sports Union|
|Julia Riekena||Back Row||Army West Point|
|Darina Roe||Flyhalf/ Fullback/ Center||Penn State|
|Jojo Skucek||Prop||Lindenwood University|
|Mckenna Strong*||Second Row||Lindenwood University|
|Sam Tancredi||Second Row||Lindenwood University|
|Noehea Ulaeva||Center / Fullback||Lindenwood University|
|Nicole Wantlin||Second Row / Back Row||Army West Point|
|Elizabeth Wilson||Back Row||NOVA Rugby|
|Glory Woolley||Second Row||Oklahoma State|
*Part of the Senior Women’s National Team 15s Performance Squad.
Women’s Hawk-Eye Playing Group
|Susan Adegoke *||Life University|
|Ina Bailey **||Kona Bulls High School|
|Cassidy Bargell *||Harvard University|
|Clara Lemal Brown *||Quinnipiac University|
|Kate Buzby **||Scottsdale HS|
(joins Women’s Sevens Residency in May 2019)
|Lilly Durbin*||Dartmouth College|
(senior Women’s Eagles Performance Squad)
|Taylor Marasco *||Grand Canyon University|
|Ariana Ramsey*||Dartmouth College|
|Taina Scott **||Kahuku Rugby Club|
|Alex Sedrick||Life University|
|Samantha Sullivan||Army West Point|
|Salote Tausinga **||SacPal Amazons|
|Lauren Thunen||University of California, Santa Barbara|
**High School All-American eligible