Dallas graduate Paige Selenski was left off the main roster, but is the only field player listed as an alternate for the United States Olympic women’s field hockey team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro next month.
Selenski, a 2012 Olympian, is trying to make it back after surgery to reattach her right hamstring to the bone. Selenski originally tried to play her way through the injury, which she suffered early in 2015, but wound up having surgery later in the year after helping the United States secure its Olympic berth by winning the Pan American Games.
Although she traveled with the team to Europe and has played in exhibitions, she was not on the roster for a bronze medal effort at the Champion’s Trophy in June.
Olympic field hockey rosters include just 16 players, allowing teams only five substitutes. U.S. coach Craig Parnham chose nine of the 10 active players from the 2012 team for his squad of 15 field players and one goalie.
Wyoming Seminary graduates Kelsey Kolojejchick and Kat Sharkey, teammates of Selenski’s on some club teams from the area for tournament play, were among the seven players selected to appear in their first Olympic Games.
“Selection for the Olympic team has been an ongoing process for many months,” Parnham said when announcing the roster July 1. “The whole squad has committed so much to the program over the past years.”
After finishing last out of 12 teams at the 2012 Olympics, the United States has climbed to fifth in the world rankings. It will open Pool B Olympic play Aug. 6 against second-ranked Argentina.
There are 10 players from Pennsylvania on the 16-player roster and Selenski makes it 11 of 18, including alternates.
Selenski finished her career at the University of Virginia as the eighth-leading scorer in NCAA Division I history.