June 6, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Rising seniors Holly Palin (Mequon, Wis./University School of Milwaukee) and Christine Nannicelli (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) have been selected to participate in the USA Field Hockey Elite Performance Training Centers' National Championship June 29-July 3 in Virginia Beach, Va.
The pair, NU's captains for the 2005 season, are members of the Elite Performance Training Centers, which identify and train potential National Team athletes through comprehensive training and skill enhancement sessions and premier level competitions.
The Centers allow athletes to train in regional areas close to their homes with some of the country's top coaches. Athletes from each regional site are selected to compete in a National Championship, which pits teams from other regions against each other.
"We are extremely excited for Holly and Christine," NU head coach Kelly McCollum said. "Their selection is a tribute to their hard work and determination to develop as individual athletes. Their decision to pursue hockey at the next level and their dedication to the sport is inspirational to our younger athletes. I know they will represent Northwestern and the Midwest region very well in the Championship."
Last season's captains -- Candice Cooper (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and Morgan Kuhn (Chesterfield, Mo./Lafayette) -- each recently received recognitions following their senior year.
Cooper was awarded the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award at the Center Court Dessert held May 26. Center Court supports NU's female athletic programs.
Kuhn was honored as NU's Lisa Ishikawa award winner at the N Club banquet held June 2. That award is bestowed on a female student-athlete who has exhibited outstanding leadership ability and selfless dedication to team goals.
"Candice and Morgan have been outstanding leaders and representatives of Northwestern field hockey," McCollum said. "For both of them to earn this kind of individual recognition makes a great statement about the type of student-athletes who are involved in our program. We wish them continued success as they graduate and move on to their next endeavors."