Jan. 17, 2013
NC State's 2013 softball season begins on Feb. 8 at the Florida International Panther Invitational in Miami, with a new excitement as the fast-pitch program enters its 10th season under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik.
The squad returns three seniors - Caitlin Dent, Katie Mansilla and Bethaney Wells - as well as 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year Renada Davis, a shortstop who set a school record last season with a batting average and on-base percentage.
On this year's roster of 14 players are three sophomores: Davis, pitcher Emily Weiman and outfielder Sara Lippard.
As a freshman last season, Weiman led the Wolfpack in appearances, wins, innings pitched, earned run average and strikeouts, while posting a 14-18 overall record and a 2.65 ERA in 38 appearances.
She was also one of three Wolfpack players named to the All-ACC Academic softball squad.
Archbishop Spalding HS
Favorite movie: "A Walk to Remember"
Favorite magazine: People
Favorite song/band: "My Wish," Rascal Flatts
Favorite class/subject: Environmental Science 100 with Dr. Bruck
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Moose Tracks
Your ideal fast food meal: Panera's Broccoli cheese soup and grilled cheese
Chick-Fil-A nuggets, McDonald's fries, sweet tea, cinnamon pecan twists from Bojangles.
Favorite meal at a full-service restaurant: Chicken Alfredo and garlic bread.
Career ambition: To work for the Baltimore Ravens
What specific things did you do between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring semester to improve your game? I went to my gym at home to lift and run on the treadmill (since it was 30 degrees outside!) and I did pitching workouts.
What is your favorite training/practice activity? Throwing to live batters.
What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Striders and dirty dozens.
When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? I started playing T-ball when I was 5 and played travel softball when I was 10. I also played soccer, basketball, swimming, and did gymnastics when I was in middle school.
All sports you played in high school: Softball.
iphone or Droid? iPhone
Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: "Get it Started," by Shakira
Song/artist on your iPod that you are embarrassed to admit that you listen to: Nothing, really just some variety. I may have the soundtrack to a musical though.
The TV channel or show you most watch: ESPN
TV show you are embarrassed to admit that you watch: "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
ESPN/MTV/Food Network: ESPN
Favorite accessory in your wardrobe: Vans
Give your dress style a nickname/explain: Mostly comfy clothes
Something that you cannot live without: My phone
YOU & YOUR TEAMMATES
Best dancer on the team: Leah Jones
Best cook on the team: Katie Mansilla
Favorite "home-cooked" meal: Crab-cakes and tomatoes with mozzarella
Best dresser on the team: Hayley Stowe
Best jokester on the team: Kirsty Grant
Best singer on the team: Leah Jones
Most likely to play professionally: Lana Van Dyken
Most likely to be voted into NC State Athletics Hall of Fame some day: Renada Davis
Favorite (non-athletics) activity with your teammates: Going out to eat and playing Cranium
Based on your experiences last year, what advice do you have for this year's three freshmen? There will be ups and downs but not to be too hard on yourself because you will learn from your mistakes.
Siblings: Brother, Kevin Weiman
What/how many pets did you have growing up: I had some goldfish when I was younger, but I have a Yorkie named Maggie.
Favorite vacation location: Bethany Beach, Del.
Did either of your parents play college/professional sports: My dad
For whom: He played water polo at Bucknell University and he was on its national championship team.
How long: He was a swimmer and water polo player growing up.
How much influence did that have on your decision to pursue athletics: My dad has always influenced me as an athlete, beginning with T-ball and continuing to now. He was one of my coaches for almost all of my sports teams growing up and has pushed me to be the best athlete I can be.
What's the thing you miss most about home (besides family): Going to Baltimore Ravens games with my dad and brother and being able to have crab dip. I love everything seafood and Maryland does that best!
ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME
Sports idol as a child: Ray Lewis
Favorite team: Baltimore Ravens
Person in sports that you would most like to meet/why: Ray Lewis because he has been one of the greatest motivators and leaders in all of football. I grew up watching him and saw how much passion he had for his sport.
Proudest moment from last season: Beating Georgia in my first weekend playing.
Pregame routines or superstitions you or your teammates have? I have to listen to my pregame playlist on my iPod.
A unique talent: Mermaid dancing.
Something that not many people know about you: I am a sweets addict!
Most memorable moment from last season: It's a tie between beating Georgia and Kentucky.