Stanford junior Maddie Secco was named to the Canadian Women's National Team for the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, as announced by Field Hockey Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada.
Secco, a Victory, British Columbia native, was one of 16 players selected to compete with Team Canada at the tournament July 23-Aug. 3. She has made 31 appearances with the national team and helped Team Canada win a bronze medal at the 2013 Pan American Cup.
"This is my first major games that I will be participating in and I can't wait to play top level teams, be a part of the excitement in the athlete's village, and of course, represent my home country," said Secco. "It has always been my dream to play for Team Canada."
Secco had a strong sophomore season with the Cardinal, registering 12 points on three goals and six assists in 18 games. She tied for the second-most game-winning goals among Stanford players with two.
Menlo College sophomore Cady Chessin has been nothing but successful in her athletic pursuits during her young career.
A two-time state champion, three-time CCS champion and national folkstyle champion at Los Gatos High before donning the navy and white at Menlo, Chessin did not miss a beat in her step up to the collegiate ranks.
Chessin was Menlo's lone wrestler to advance to the finals of the WCWA Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. and notched a second place national finish.
She can add representing the USA in international competition to her resume. She has been chosen by coach Terry Steiner in the 55kg (121 lbs) division for the PanAmerican Olympic Festival in Mexico City that starts July 13.
"When I got the call, I was excited. I was not expecting it so it was a bit of a surprise too," Chessin said. "Wrestling on Team USA was something I always hoped to accomplish. I always thought it would be awesome to reach this level of wrestling, knowing that getting on the team would provide me with great experience and training."