An Athlete’s Dream

Competing at the highest level is every athlete’s dream. Ciara Briggs, OLu senior and softball phenom, is doing just that.

Briggs, a center fielder and LSU softball commit, has been invited to participate at the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) Selection Trials. The elite group of athletes like Briggs who accepted the invitation will vie for a coveted spot on the 2019 USA Softball JWNT Training Team.

The journey begins next month. In December, after a series of performance evaluations, the Training Team will be selected and will compete at the 2019 Softball International Cup against other junior women’s softball teams from around the world. 

After the International Cup, the team will be trimmed to the 17 premier athletes who will participate in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Cup to be held in Irvine, California, in August 2019. The JWNT has won the Junior Women’s World Championship in both 2015 and 2017, and the 2019 team will try to earn a third-consecutive championship title.

Briggs, a life-long softball player, is both nervous and excited for December. She has wanted to be on the team since she was a little girl and is honored to have been chosen to compete.

As graduation approaches, Briggs reflects on her time at OLu and appreciates all of her teachers who have prepared her for college and who have been genuinely interested in her education. She is also thankful to everyone who has been on her softball journey with her because their steadfast support motivates her to do her very best.

OLu’s softball coach, Miss Miklos, has been both a mentor and inspiration to her. Briggs shared that Miss Miklos has helped prepare her for life while teaching her lessons both on and off the field. In addition, OLu Sports Performance Coach Lozon has encouraged her to push her limits to improve her game. To both, she is grateful.

Back in 2016, after earning the title “Freshman of the Year” in softball, Briggs was interviewed by So Cal Sidelines and said the following about her vision for her future:  

“After winning the WCWS [Women’s College World Series] and getting my degree from LSU, my biggest goal for my softball career is playing for Team USA in the Olympics. I have known my whole life that I want to represent my country and play for the USA. I was so excited to hear that softball and baseball will be added to the 2020 Olympics.”

What we know for sure is that Team USA would be lucky to have Ciara Briggs. 

And so, her journey continues. First stop, the JWNT Selection Trials next month. Good luck, Ciara; the OLu community will be rooting for you! Next stop, Tokyo 2020?

*Photo credit OC Register*

by Grace Funk