June 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana Field Hockey midfielder Kayla Bashore-Smedley was named to the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, announced by USA Field Hockey on Monday, June 11.
Bashore-Smedley is the lone Big Ten player representing the U.S. in field hockey in London. She is one of seven players on the current U.S. roster that played in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. After being selected to the USA Women's National Team in 2006, Bashore-Smedley has participated in the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Rome, Italy (2006), Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and Bermuda (2007, 2009), the 2008 Olympic Games, the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Chula Vista, Calif. (2010), and the Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland (2011) with the U.S. National Team.
A native of Shoemaker, Pa., Bashore-Smedley helped lead Indiana to the 2005 NCAA Tournament after finishing second at the Big Ten Tournament during her senior campaign. She was a nominee and a finalist for the Honda Award and the Big Ten Player of the Year during that same season. Bashore-Smedley was a four-time NFHCA All-West Region honoree and a four-time All-Big Ten selection between 2001-05 at Indiana. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad four times.
The U.S. will begin their final preparation for the London Games on Monday, June 18, with the start of a four game test series against Argentina in Virginia. The 16-women nominated to the Olympic Team plus two replacement athletes will compete on the tour that stops at the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and the National Training Center.
The final match on June 23 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. An Olympic celebration will follow at 6:30 p.m. ET, which will formally recognize and celebrate the U.S. Olympic Women's Field Hockey Team. The team will depart for London on July 21.