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Women's Rugby at the White House

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The Penn State Women's Rugby Team paid a visit to the White House recently, to be honored as the 2017 National Champions. In attendance was the majority of last year's team, including fifth-year player Fran Schaeffer.

"The experience was very special," Schaeffer says. "It means a lot to represent Penn State Women's Rugby. The sport of rugby and specifically the Penn State program have strongly influenced me, and it meant a lot to be the team that could represent our program at the White House. In addition to last year's national championship, our program has won 11 other national titles. For us, going to the White House also meant representing those other national championship teams and all the women who came through the program before us and worked hard to pave the way for our success."

"For me, and I am sure many of my teammates, getting the opportunity to go inside the Oval Office was a highlight of the trip," she continues. "There are few people that can say they had that opportunity. I am lucky to have shared that experience with my team; it is something we will never forget."

Schaeffer captained the team during her junior and senior years. She did not play in the fall, as she's finishing up a co-op in Pittsburgh, but she plans to be back for the spring semester.

"I had never played rugby or even knew much about it before college," she says. "I signed up to try it out at our involvement fair my freshmen year. I really connected well with the team and knew that I wanted to be a part of it."

Schaeffer is graduating in May with a degree in biomedical engineering and hopes to continue playing rugby after graduation.