Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sylvia Braaten Women's World Cup Profile

Wisconsin's Sylvia Braaten is on the USA Women's National team that will travel to France for the Women's World Cup beginning August 1st. A graduate of Waterford High School, she played basketball, and tennis in high school. At Marquette University she was a member of the women's basketball team's practice squad as a freshman before seeing a flyer for rugby, giving it a try, and "falling in love" with the game. She made an immediate impact at MU, and quickly earned a spot on the then u19 USA Eagles as they toured the U.K. in 2004, playing primarily as a center. Braaten went on to many selectside honors, and eventually moved to Minnessota to play for a premier league club up there, after graduation. Currently she works full time as a strength and conditioning coach at a high school in Minnessota. At 5'8" and 155 lbs, she has a wonderful combination of speed, power, and passing skills. She's also listed as a flyhalf, as a secondary position.

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