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posted 06.11.2012 at 9.32 a.m. by Lyndsey Munoz

Trip East for U.S. Tryouts Leads into Summer

There is so much to talk about with Team USA tryouts, but I’ll just give you guys the important stuff.  The experience was amazing, and I don’t regret trying out at all even though I didn’t make it to the next round. However, one of AMAZINGLY talented best friends did, Anna Kim. I am so stoked for her; I know she is going to do great things there. I have no regrets. I honestly wasn’t really anticipating to move on. I did it mainly for the experience, and I got what I wanted from it.

It’s kind of crazy how we even made it there. The sequence of events began with me wanting to try out, but not being able to afford flights from California. Anna wasn’t even thinking about trying out, but was convinced by coach Amy Bokker and I to do it. But there was still the money issue of getting to Long Island. The Monday before the tryouts we found out the athletic department could help us out financially (huge thanks, again). Then, we left that Thursday morning for Stony Brook. I definitely would not have been able to do it without the coaches, athletic staff, and, of course, Anna.

It was an incredible experience being at the final four in itself. The Division I women’s final four was the same weekend at Stony Brook.) It really reminded me of the goals we’re setting at Stanford and was motivating for me to want to be a part of that atmosphere next year.  At the games we caught up with some friends we haven’t seen in a while, like Taylor Virden and Margaret Smith (played M&D club with Anna, and high school teammates with current teammate Megan Lerner). We also were able to watch some awesome games, especially the Syracuse vs. Florida one! We got registered, and then headed back to the dorms where we were staying.

Saturday was just all games from Noon to 5 p.m., followed by a goalie tryout from 5-6. It was a long day. There were eight teams total, and on my team I had girls from UVA, La Salle, JMU, Princeton, Loyola, Adelphi, Rutgers, New Haven—just a lot of different schools represented at the tryout. Day 2 was just as long, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (just remember that’s 5:30 a.m. California time). From 8:30-1 p.m. there were games, then a goalie session from 1-2. Anna played in the last game at 2, which she had to leave early so we could catch our flight back! It was a busy and fast weekend. I learned a lot, and know some more things I need to work on. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to tryout.

So now what? Well, I take my LAST exam of the year on Monday (which coincidently is my birthday). That’s a bummer, but its over at 11a.m.  so I have the rest of the day to relax, lay out by the pool, and most importantly get some birthday cake! I leave here on Thursday morning so I have time to pack and get everything in storage, and arrive home in Maryland at 8 p.m. From there on, its tournaments, camps, working out, and spending time with family and friends.  I don’t know exactly what camps I’ll be doing but I’m coaching CC Lax, Year 2017…so young! But as always, I will keep you guys updated as I go.