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Michela Solimano ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • San Silvestre High School
  • Lima, INTERNATIONAL
  • Field Hockey
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Michela Solimano's Field Hockey Recruiting Profile
Club:
Club Hockey San Silvestre Sports
Height:
5'5"
Weight:
130
Age:
17
Prim. Position:
F

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Personal Statement

For the past eight years, hockey has been both my refuge and the fire that propels me forward. Since age 8, my family escaped economic crises in three different countries, only to be chased by it. To distract me somehow, my father signed me up for after-school hockey. Right from the first contact, I was raptured by how natural the hockey stick felt in my hand; it was like an extension of myself. I had never connected with anything so immediately. That is why I knew I could not let go of it. And I never have.

Hockey was one of the only constants in my ever-changing childhood. But I soon learned that the stability that hockey brought into my life did not mean that it would come without struggle.

At age 9, I realized that I not only had to contend with running after the ball as hard as my legs let me but also with being the youngest to compete for my school’s team. At 13, I became the youngest player to be recruited for my school’s alumni team, San Silvestre Sports. Proving myself as the youngster was never easy: extra drills, additional focus, and excruciating extra laps were the price I had to pay for the privilege of training–and then competing–alongside adults. But it was a fair price to pay: after dealing with grueling sessions, I now see my age not as a limitation, but as the reason to become a better player, the spark to keep running when my legs will not last any longer. Now, tiredness elates me, as I imagine myself zooming from one end of the court to the other, like the pros I would watch open-mouthed at Lima’s 2019 Pan-American Games. 

When I was young, I would have never expected to be recruited for Peru’s national hockey team, let alone consider playing hockey after graduating high school. Now that I juggle training sessions with both Peru and San Silvestre Sports’ teams, I know that continuing to play is more a necessity than an improbable dream. This is why I am seeking to play hockey at a collegiate level.

Not only does hockey ground me and give me hope amidst uncertainty, but it also makes me want to spread that hope beyond myself. I realize that just like I always choose to join the defense when the opposing team attacks, I cannot be a bystander when an inefficient system denies women and girls in my country healthcare. The fire that hockey lights inside me does not dwindle when I leave the field; instead, it grows stronger. It pushes me to join a new generation of female doctors and scientists determined to turn quality healthcare from a privilege to a right. It propels me to use my healed wounds to heal those whose injuries have been unattended.

I yearn for a program that allows me to extend the lessons of hockey both on and off the field, helping me grow as an athlete while supporting my dream of becoming a socially impactful doctor and scientist. I seek a program that becomes an escape, a refuge, and a fire beyond the next four years of my life.

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #9
  • Individual Awards:
    Captain
  • Team Awards:
    National 3rd Place
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 1 seasons
  • 2019 Club Hockey San Silvestre Sports (1st division)
  • Notes: The club team competes in national tournaments and in 2019 it finished runner-up.
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Aday Noble
  • Private Coach
  • Lindsay Kasten

Additional Sports

  • Track
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Junior Varsity Team
  • As both my parents are marathon runners, I participated in multiple 10k races with my father and trained with them for half marathons in order to always be at my optimal physical state for hockey.

Academics

Grades

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High School Information

High School:
San Silvestre High School
State:
International
Phone:
511-241-3334

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. I am in the top tenth percent of my class
AP Classes:
Yes. At the moment, I am in my first year of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at San Silvestre School, a very recognized British school in Lima, Peru. I am taking the English, Biology and Chemistry higher level courses and the Psychology, Spanish and the Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches courses at standard level.
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Yes

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Activity
    • I was chosen to represent my school in a Round Square International Exchange Program in Canada in 2020; I was one of the six chosen to attend a STEM (Science
  • Activity
    • Technology
  • Activity
    • Engineering
  • Activity
    • and Mathematics) Symposium for Girls in the US in 2020. In 2017
  • Activity
    • I was selected by my school to represent it at a Stanford Talent Search program in which I completed the Stanford Honors Academy course in "Introduction to Bioscience and Biotechnology: Microbes
  • Activity
    • Immunity and Health". In 2019 I participated in a Leadership Workshop for LAHC (Latin American Heads Conference) schools in Peru. I also took part of MUN trainings and conferences in my school.

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