National U20 player Jaclyn Sawicki joins Highlanders

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By James Nielsen, Highlanders Communications

May 8, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Peninsula Co-op Women’s team made several large moves and acquisitions this summer, among them the signing of University of Victoria Vike and Canadian National U-20 midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki.

The two-time All-Canadian brings a wealth of experience to the Highlanders. In her rookie season with the UVic Vikes, Sawicki won the 2011 Female Rookie Of The Year, she was also a Canada West First-Team All-Star and CIS All-Canadian Second Team All-Star in 2011 and 2012.

“She’s got experience at the national level and she also has time with the Whitecaps program,” says Women’s Head Coach Dave Dew, “She’s been around high standards of the game and she brings to this team those experiences.”

Sawicki’s success on the field also includes involvement at the international level, including being a member of Team Canada’s U20 program from 2010-2012. The 20-year-old has also participated in the 2012 U20 CONCAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament and the 2012 U20 World Cup. In 2012, Sawicki also participated in her first Senior National team cap and has recently been selected to participate with the National Team at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russian. Her experience will play a valuable role within the Highlanders system.

“The difference is that she raises the play of other players on the team by the decisions she makes when she’s around them,” says Dew, “The biggest thing she brings to us is that she has the fastest feet on the team, when she starts to run at people with the ball, things get fast and exciting.”

Sawicki joins fellow National U20 players Katie Kraeutner and Elyse Wyatt, providing this years Highlanders women’s team with a solid base of experience to draw upon. The team kicks off their inaugural season in the W-League this Sunday, May 12 against the Kamloops Heat.