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June 23, 2010

When one door closes

Govs alum Kimball defends Navy lax

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Kimball received the Jennifer M. Powers Most-Improved Player Award for Women's Lacrosse at the Yardwide Prizes and Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.

"The success that we have enjoyed thus far is all due in large part to our amazing coaching staff," said Kimball. "Cindy Timchal, Allison Fondale, Kelly Coppedge, Jordan Trautman and Liz Schaffner — there is so much experience and knowledge between all of them. They push us every day and have high expectations for us because they truly believe in our ability as a team."

Currently in San Diego for aviation training, the Navy has taken the 21-year-old to Whidbey Island, Hawaii, Wake Island and Japan. Majoring in aeronautical engineering with hopes of being selected as a Navy pilot this fall, it's clear that Kimball's military life is juxtaposing her athletic life fluidly.

"I never thought lacrosse would be such a big part of my life. After my last lacrosse game at Governor's Academy, I honestly never thought I would play again," said Kimball, whose greatest ambition is to work for NASA's astronaut program.

"I have learned many lessons during my time at the Naval Academy," said Kimball. "Teamwork is stressed in all aspects of Academy life, the importance of relying on and trusting people; and one of the best lessons I have learned in the classroom is to embrace your weaknesses for what they are. Rather than avoiding a weakness, one should rely on his or her strengths to overcome it."

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