USA Women’s U20s and 2019 Hawk Eye Groups

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
Kayla Canett
(joins Women’s Sevens Residency in May 2019)
Penn State
Lilly Durbin* Dartmouth College
Emily Henrich*
(senior Women’s Eagles Performance Squad)
Dartmouth College
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

*U20 Eligible
**High School All-American eligible

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