Salling's Long And Winding Road Leads To Seattle

March 23, 2010

By Amy Hughes

Most college athletics careers progress in the same manner. A high school student is recruited, chooses a college, starts classes and plays their four seasons of eligibility in a four- or five-year span.

But sometimes, it isn't that simple.

Washington junior shortstop Jenn Salling started her collegiate career at the University of Oregon in the fall of 2006 and earned All-America honors for the Ducks in the spring of 2007. During the 2008 collegiate season, Salling wasn't playing collegiately at all, participating instead with the Canadian Olympic Team in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

While away from Eugene, Salling realized that going back to Oregon wasn't what she wanted. After some thought and discussion with her family, she concluded that what she did want was to enroll at Washington and play softball for head coach Heather Tarr's Huskies.

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