Former Tar Heel goalkeeper Amy (Tran) Swensen announced her retirement from the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team on Thursday following a decade in goal for the nation's top team. A two-time Olympian, she earned 163 caps during her career.
Swensen, 32, played for the Tar Heels from 1999-2002, earning first-team All-America honors in 2000 and All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition in 2000 and '01. She joined the U.S. National Team in 2001, backing up another former Tar Heel, Peggy Storrar, in goal.
"Amy Tran was one of our all-time greats," UNC coach Karen Shelton said Thursday. "She possessed a wonderful combination of balance, poise, discipline, athleticism, and competitiveness in the goalkeeper position. A product of her Asian heritage, karate roots and strong family influence, she came to Carolina somewhat unheralded but eager to learn, and she grew into one of the best goalkeepers ever to wear a Tar Heel uniform.
"We are so proud of her development and achievements throughout her long and distinguished career. She leaves the National Team as a two-time Olympian and will be remembered as one of the world's best."
In addition to representing the U.S. in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), Swensen, a native of Grantville, Pa., was a two-time Pan Am Games silver medalist and was named the top goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup.
"My playing career has been such an amazing experience and I am so proud to have represented my country on the field for the last ten years," said Swensen said in a USA Field Hockey release. "The best moments for me have been the 2006 World Cup, qualifying for the Beijing Olympics, and going to both the Beijing and London Olympics. The Olympic Games is the ultimate test of athletic competition and excellence and I am so honored to have participated in two Games."
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