Cal Softball Team Honored at White House Reception

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Washington, D.C., the White House, the president, the overwhelming feeling of our nation's capital have all become reality.

I've been looking forward to this for a long time, but I didn't fully believe it until it actually happened.

We all looked on and opened our eyes to the history and to the meaning of America today as we set foot in the White House.

The feelings I had when Jocelyn Forrest threw the last pitch on Memorial Day (a 6-0 win over Arizona in the championship game) are irreplaceable, but so are the feelings I had today watching our team stand by the president and engage in conversation and laughter.

It was almost as if I was more nervous to walk into the White House and look into the president's eyes than to take the field for the championship game last May.

As if being the NCAA national champions and bringing Cal its first women's NCAA championship wasn't enough, we all had this great chance to enjoy our capital and to realize how important our nation really is.

My whole career, we never had a road trip without any games to play, so we took advantage of the chance to do some sightseeing.

I got up early in the morning with LeAnna Hoglen, Courtney Scott and Kristen Bayless and took the metro to Arlington National Cemetery.

We saw the changing of the guard and then walked around. The place is beautiful, and looking at the amount of tombstones really makes you sit back and think. You feel a part of something bigger, it's amazing.

There is so much we should be proud of and so many things we should stop taking for granted.

The atmosphere has been incredible, it's overwhelming but we're just trying to take it in.

We've been walking around and using the metro system a lot, seeing the capital and learning things about our nation's history.

This is my first time in D.C. so I've been trying to do all the tourist stuff.

Knowing this is my last road trip with all my teammates makes it hard and I realize how much I miss being on the team, but it's a nice way to go out.

I still can't believe the way it all came together, that we'd win the national championship after four years of hard work, and then be recognized like this.

Jocelyn and I keep saying we don't feel like our careers are over because you're so used to the season ending with a loss, but this was the perfect ending.

Today was nothing short of breathtaking. On behalf of the team, we are grateful that this opportunity was given to us.


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