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How long have you been playing your sport and how did you get started?



Track & Field                                                                        Junior
Richland, WA (Hanford HS)                                                Bioengineering (Warren College)

"About eight years. I was in gymnastics for seven years and the dad of one of my teammates was a track coach so he made a little team of us. We were pretty beast back then because gymnastics is crazy intense. I liked running fast and jumping high and impressing all the boys."


Men’s Tennis                                                    Senior
Gig Harbor, WA (Gig Harbor HS)                    Management Science (Marshall College)

"I’ve been playing tennis competitively since I was 10 when my parents started to sign my brother and I up for tournaments. I've always liked the competition and being able to travel around and play tennis. Playing college tennis has definitely been the highlight of my career. As a junior it's all about individual results for the most part, and being able to play on a team and be a Triton is a much better atmosphere for me."



KIRSTEN WILLMON                                                                
Softball                                                                               Senior
Elk Grove, CA (Pleasant Grove HS)                                 Communications (Warren College)

"I have been playing softball since I was four years old. I grew up watching my dad play slow pitch, and wanted to be like him. Once I started playing I fell in love with the game and drove myself to be as competitive as possible."



Track & Field                                                                            Junior
Aptos, CA (Aptos HS)                                                             Human Development (Marshall College)

"My brother, Nick, and father, Ralph, got me started with the javelin. Dad was a two-time All-American at UC Riverside and Nick was a three-time All-American at UCSD. They, along with my coach Tony Salerno, convinced me to give it a shot, and I've never loved a sport more."





Women’s Tennis                                                                 Senior
Laguna Niguel, CA (Dana Hills HS)                                  Applied Mathematics (Revelle College)

"I would definitely pick Water Polo.Their team dynamic and overall presence on campus as a top Division I program is awesome. Plus they're all ripped."



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