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17 Rie Sawai
  • 5-1
  • Senior-TR / Midfielder/Forward
  • Nara, Japan (Seiwa Gakuen High/Graceland University)

2005: Appeared in 18 matches, starting 15 of the last 16…Played complete matches versus Florida State, Mississippi and Illinois…Scored her first goal as a Gator versus FSU…Scored a goal and recorded two assists versus Kentucky…Started Wisconsin-Milwaukee contest, marking first start since the Sept. 19, 2004 match versus Cincinnati…Tied for second among the Gators with four assists…Fifth on the team in minutes played (1,127).

2004: Appeared in 10 matches, starting six…First assist came against Duke…Sprained left ankle in practice the week of Sept. 21 and missed eight consecutive matches…Also missed last two matches of regular season to give ankle more recovery time…Turned in season-high minutes (48) versus Rutgers.

Prior to Florida: Spent freshman and sophomore seasons at Graceland University (Iowa), where she was a two-year letterwinner…NAIA All-America honorable mention selection in 2003…Member of Region V first team in 2003 and second team in 2002…Scored three goals and recorded nine assists in her sophomore campaign…Heart of America Conference first-team selection in 2002 and '03…Coached by Kevin Sherry at Graceland.

High School: Selected to Japanese under-18 National Team in 1999 and part of Japanese U-19 player pool in 2000…Member of Seiwa Gakuen's 1998 team that won the Japanese high school championship…Also played on Seiwa Gakuen's 1999 and '00 teams that finished third at the Japanese high school national tournaments…Coached by Seichi Kuni at Seiwa Gakuen.

Major: Sociology

Sawai's Collegiate Statistics
Year GP/GS Min. Shots G (GW) A Pts.
2003 17     3 9 15
2004 10/6 282 1 0 (0) 1 1
2005 18/15 1127 14 2 (0) 4 8
Total 45/21 1409 15 5 (0) 14 24
Limited statistics available from Graceland (2002 & '03 seasons)
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