July 12, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anne Wilkinson, Ohio State field hockey head coach, announced four new members of the 2005 freshman class Tuesday. Linda Haussener, Jacki Larisch, Emily Mikac and Laura Trickey will attend The Ohio State University and play field hockey in the fall of 2005.

“We’re very excited about the variety of talents this incoming class brings to our field hockey program,” Wilkinson said. “They represent the diversity and commitment to excellence of The Ohio State University. Emily and Laura are among the top players in Ohio and played important roles in their high school teams. They are both excellent athletes. Linda is a teammate of current Buckeye Saskia Mueller on the Swiss national team and is considered one of the top players in Switzerland. She has represented her country at the senior and junior national team levels in both indoor and outdoor field hockey. Each comes to Columbus with a history of success, athletically and academically, and we look forward to them making significant contributions to the team.”

Linda Haussener, a native of Switzerland, completed her first year as a member of the Swiss National Team. Hausener has played field hockey for 14 years including competing on the Swiss Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 National Teams. Hausener also is a member of the Rot Weiss Wettingen club team. Aside from field hockey, Hausener participated in team handball at Kantonsschule.

Emily Mikac, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, was a two-year starter and served as a team captain as a senior on the Upper Arlington High School field hockey team. In 2003, Mikac received First Team All-Ohio honors and was named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player. A captain of the track and field team, Mikac finished second in the state in the 300-meter low hurdles and was named the team’s Most Inspirational Athlete in 2004.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Laura Trickey was a two-year starter at Ottawa Hills High School. This past season, Trickey led her team in goals and assists to earn Offensive Player of the Year. Trickey also received the 2004 Coaches Award. In addition to field hockey, Trickey was a three-year letterwinner in softball and was named second team all-conference three times. Trickey also earned a varsity letter in basketball and lettered as member of the dance team.

Jacki Larisch, of Deerfield, Ill., was a three-year starter on the Deerfield High School field hockey team. Larisch, an honors student in high school, also competed in track and field and played volleyball.