H2O, the Harford County-based field hockey club team, recently had four players selected to participate in the AAU/USA Junior Olympic (JOs) held at the University of Michigan in Anne Harbor from July 31 through Aug. 3.
Each player was selected based on their outstanding performances in USA Field Hockey's Futures program and represents the top 10 percent of talent in the sport. Sabrina Rhodes was selected to her second consecutive JOs. In addition, this summer after participating in the National Futures Championship, she was invited to the Junior National Camp, where she competed for a spot on the National Team. Anna Farley, who will be entering her freshman year at Bel Air High School, made JOs as an Under 14 player, a rare feat as most players come from the older Under 16 age group of USA hockey. She competed for the Aqua squad that won the Bronze medal.
Linnea Gonzales was selected to make her third JO appearance, but was unable to play. She also made the Junior National Camp and, like last year, will be on the Under 17 National squad.
Goalie Sydney Rhodes was selected to her second JO games and helped her team win the gold medal. During the tournament, Sydney's Red team played to a 1-1 tie in the first round of the playoffs. The tie-breaker is one-on-ones with the goalie facing up to five players, each individually trying to score within an 8-second period. Sydney stopped all but one goal during the shootout to propel her team into the next round.
Also this summer, younger H2O players were competing on the national stage with their teams at the Junior Showcase at Disney World. The U14 team finished 6th out of 80 teams and the U12 team finished second, bringing a silver medal home to Harford County.
The U14 team members were Skylar Limpert, Anna Farley, Nathalie Friedman, Ashlee Kothenbeutel, Kylie Ryan, Madisyn Vinyard, Alyssa Kraus, Sydney Stephenson, Sophia Delvecchio, Nicole Wiland, Diana Borg and Lyndsey Klein.
The U12 team members were Ariel Limpert, Sam Aljets, Morgan Johnson, Jordan Brooks, Pyper Friedman, Helen Butler, Tori Mumm, Julia Kraft, Sydney Beck and Rachel Borzymowski.