MINNEAPOLIS – From studying abroad to staying local and training, working, and studying, the defending national champion Gopher women's hockey team has kept busy this summer.
After the national champion recognition quieted down and the spring classes wrapped up, the Gophers took advantage of summertime to recharge and begin preparing for the 2016-17 season. Catch up on how the 2016 national champions spent their summer.
Emma May: This summer I took an online class while living on campus with some of the older girls. I have been coaching all summer for Mega and Premier Goaltending. I am also training at both goalie centers. I have spent a lot of time with Amanda Leveille, skating together. I have also had the amazing opportunity to train with Noora Raty. I was able to coach for Coach Frost and Coach Muzerall at both their camps and had a ton of fun. I have been volunteering with MAGIC a lot, giving back to others around the community, too.
Taylor Williamson: This summer I spent my days up north at my cabin. I was either with family or friends on the boat wake surfing, water skiing, or just cruising around Gull Lake. It was a goal of mine to complete a 360 on the surf board, and by the end of July I finally got it! During the week while I was at home, I was busy training, skating, and coaching camps. It's very important to me that I give back to the sport that provided me with so many amazing opportunities throughout my career. I also spent two weeks with the U.S. Under-22 team.
Kelsey Cline: At the beginning of the summer, I went to Australia with Kelly Pannek on a study abroad trip. Right when I got back, I started my internship at Fourteen Foods, which is the largest franchisee of Dairy Queen. I was a marketing intern for them, but I ended up doing work in all departments. When I wasn't working, I was going up to my cabin, hanging out with friends, and enjoying not being in any summer class.
Katie Robinson: I took two summer classes and lived on campus for most of the summer. While I was on campus, I trained, skated, and explored campus. Over the Fourth of July, I went to a cabin with my family for a week and fished a lot there. I also tried to go home as much as possible to hang out with my friends before they head off to college as well.
Serena D'Angelo: I spent most of my summer either in the gym or on the ice. Other than that, I went to a bunch of concerts and a couple festivals, which were amazing! I also spent some time up north at friends' cottages, which is always nice.
Sophie Skarzynski: This summer I stayed on campus to train on and off the ice. In addition, I worked for the Herb Brooks Foundation, nannied, and helped Coach Frost, Coach Johnson, and Coach Muzerall with their summer hockey camps. When I was not doing those things, I spent as much time as I could with teammates and friends outside enjoying summer. I also took an online class that fulfilled one of my general education requirements. I took two trips back home to Chicago to see my family and spend some time with them before the season begins.
Megan Wolfe: I went to London for study abroad in May/June. When I returned, I started working at my internship at a financial firm in Minneapolis. On the weekends, I like to go to Kelsey's cabin, go on my boat, go golfing and play tennis for fun.
Kate Schipper: This summer, I spent my time working as a Ticket Sales and Service Game Day Intern for the Minnesota Twins while also coaching the Minneapolis Novas Girls Hockey Summer Program. I also was able to get away for a couple a weeks to a cabin with either family or friends. During my free time, I tried to lay outside in my hammock and enjoy a book or music as much as I could!
Nicole Schammel: This summer I spent a lot of time training and studying for my GRE. I will be starting grad school next fall and I'm hoping to pursue some kind of business masters program. When I wasn't training or studying, I spent as much time out on the lake as possible. I also golfed and hiked quite a bit, otherwise I was just enjoying some time at home with my family and dogs. I am super excited to get this season underway!
Tianna Gunderson: This summer I took an online class called Technology and Ethics. It was a pretty interesting class. For a job, I worked as a home daycare assistant. I also helped out with three different hockey camps over the summer including Coach Frost's camp in June. I followed Cal's workouts throughout the summer. I went to the lake as much as I could and I spent a lot of time with my family.
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