PROVO, Utah – Freshman Carla Swensen had a different senior year than most high school seniors as she competed with the Colombian U-20 team last fall and winter.
"Living in another country in itself is a big culture change," Swensen said. "Then being under the pressure of making the national team, obviously, it's a super high level of competitiveness. It was a sacrifice for me, missing my senior year and everything that's supposed to happen in a senior year, but for me it was one of the most amazing things to represent Colombia and play soccer at such a high level."
Colombia finished just behind Brazil and Paraguay who qualified for this month's U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.
Her experience also made her want to play at BYU even more.
"A lot of the players on the Colombian team play in college here in the states," Swensen said. "I saw the way that they played and I was like 'Hey I can compete with them and I am playing well with them' and it made me more excited to come to BYU."
Swensen was an All-State Second Team and All-Region First Team selection in her junior year and is also a two-time 5A state debate champion.
Her summer wasn't quite as interesting, but she's glad it's finally over with.
"It's been a lot of fun," Swensen said. "I've been waiting to play for the Cougars for so long."
The first scrimmage of the season is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the home opener is Aug. 25 against Washington State.
Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood discuss Ringwood and the other freshmen in the video below.