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    Getting to Know: Freshman Third Baseman Lana Van Dyken
    Freshman Lana Van Dyken
    Freshman Lana Van Dyken

    Jan. 14, 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, who set a school record last season with a batting average and on-base percentage.

    Over the next five weeks, get to know the 14 players on this year's roster, beginning with the three newcomers, freshmen Chelsea Stanfield, Hanna Sommer and Lana Van Dyken.

    Van Dyken is a former ballgirl for the Seattle Mariners who traveled cross country to play for the Wolfpack. As a four-year starter for Rogers High School, she helped her team to four consecutive state 4-A playoff appearances. She was both a two-year all-conference selection and a two-time team captain.

    Lana Van Dyken
    Puyallup, Wash.
    Rogers High School
    Position: Third Base                                                                                        



    Favorite movie: "The Hangover"
    Favorite magazine: Cosmopolitan
    Favorite song/band: The Killer, Macklemore
    Favorite class/subject: Health
    Favorite flavor of ice cream: Cold Stone Cake Batter
    Your ideal fast food meal (items from different places):
    Meat: Bacon                              Side Item: Salad                                                                    
    Drink: Root Beer                        Dessert: Sugar Cookie                                                                 

    Career ambition (outside of your sport): DentistryWhat did you do between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring semester to improve your game? I hit with my former coach to improve my swing and I ran and lifted. 

    What is your favorite training/practice activity? Ground balls and bunts 
    What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Running bases
    When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? When i was 5, basketball and volleyball.
    All sports you played in high school: softball, basketball, volleyball,

    iphone or Droid? Iphone
    Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root
    The TV channel or show you most watch: Modern Family
    ESPN/MTV/Food Network: Food Network
    Give your dress style a nickname/explain: Comfortable
    Something that you cannot live without: My Phone
    Besides NC State, what place do you like most in North Carolina: Wilmington Beach 

    Best dancer on the team: Chelsea Stanfield
    Best cook on the team: Katie Mansilla
    Favorite “home-cooked” meal: Roast and Mash Potatoes with corn
    Best dresser on the team: Caitlin Dent

    Brothers/sisters: Justin Van Dyken
    What/how many pets did you have growing up: Boxers, Cats, Fish, Guinea Pigs, Snakes, Lizards, Hamsters   
    Favorite vacation location: Mazatlan, Mexico
    What’s the thing you miss most about home (besides family): Friends and food 


    Sports idol as a child: Natasha Wately, Crystal Bustos 
    Most famous athlete you have ever met: Ichiro
    Favorite teams (any sport): Seattle Seahawks
    Person in sports that you would most like to meet/why: Jackie Robinson, to see what it was like for him.
    Proudest moment: First in my family to attend college.
    If you picked your “team’s song” for this year, what would it be: anything 2 chainz

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