July 1, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Virginia field hockey player Michelle Vittese has been named to the United States’ 16-player roster for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as announced Friday (July 1) by Craig Parnham, Head Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Fellow Virginia alum Paige Selenski has been named as an alternate for the team.
This will be the second Olympic appearance for Vittese, who also competed with the U.S. team at the 2012 London Olympics. Selenski, who has battled injuries this year, also competed in the 2012 London Olympics.
Vittese, a midfielder who earned her 150th international cap on June 18 during a 2-2 draw against Australia in the Champions Trophy tournament in London, has won two Pan American Games gold medals with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Vittese was a three-time All-American at Virginia who helped lead the team to back-to-back NCAA semifinal appearances in 2009 and 2010. Vittese is the older sister of current Cavalier midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.).
Selenski has 137 international caps and also was part of the American 2011 and 2015 Pan Am Games gold medal teams. Selenski was a four-time All-American forward at Virginia, being named a Honda Award semifinalist in 2009 and 2010. Selenski finished her UVA career with a program-record 238 points, which ranks eighth all-time in NCAA history, and was just the 10th player in NCAA history to score 100 career goals.
The U.S. women’s national team, currently ranked fifth in the world, will bring a roster that includes nine returning Olympians to Rio. The U.S. is in a challenging pool made up of No. 2 Argentina, No. 3 Australia, No. 7 Great Britain, No. 10 Japan and No. 13 India. The U.S. will open Pool B play at the Olympic Games with a face-off against Argentina on Sunday, August 6 at Deodoro Stadium. The U.S. will continue pool play through that week and closes the preliminary round with Great Britain on Saturday, August 13. The women’s first semifinal will take place on Wednesday, August 17. The gold-medal round commences on Friday, August 19.
The team will depart for Rio on Friday, July 29.
All nominations to the U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee board of directors.