Ilona Maher is headed to Tokyo.
The previous Burlington Higher School multisport standout is amongst 12 starters named to the women’s countrywide sevens squad for this summer’s Olympic Video games, Usa Rugby introduced Thursday.
The 15-participant roster, subject matter to approval, contains the starters, just one alternate and two traveling reserves. Maher is one of 10 1st-time Olympians on the staff.
“In the earlier thirty day period we have had our most competitive intrasquad scrimmages since I started off with the plan back again in 2018. All personal players contributed closely and confirmed, if referred to as on, they could characterize this superb nation at the optimum stage effectively,” coach Chris Brown stated in a statement. “This naturally created range of the extended squad really tough but the unity we’ve shown for the previous 18 months has been second to none.”
After an All-American vocation at Quinnipiac College, where by she was named the collegiate participant of the yr, Maher gained a spot on the Eagles Sevens countrywide group in 2018.
A 2014 BHS graduate, Maher shined in area hockey, basketball and softball, and also performed rugby on the Seahorses’ cooperative workforce with South Burlington and Champlain Valley.
In January 2019, Maher advised the Free of charge Press it was a desire come real to achieve the U.S. squad.
“It’s all the things I normally imagined it would be. I never know if it is surreal or not, it’s incredible practical experience but it is even now so significantly operate,” Maher explained at the time. “You are professional athlete and it is not like you just enjoy rugby all day. We operate so really hard and the quantity of operate we set in to characterize our country is one thing I’m genuinely happy of. To set on U.S. jersey has been incredible and aid from residence has been awesome.”
The U.S. women of all ages completed fifth in Globe Series standings adhering to a year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, the ladies claimed 5 medals in six tournaments and finished the year No. 2 in the planet. At Rio 2016, they completed fifth in their Olympic debut.
The Eagles Sevens are scheduled for a tune-up event in Los Angeles from June 25-26. They are established to depart for Tokyo in mid-July. Olympic sevens competition runs July 29-31.
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