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Heavirland Joins OTC Pool

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Heavirland Joins OTC Pool

Heavirland was in her first semester as a sophomore at Army. (Photo courtesy Army West Point Athletics)

Nicole Heavirland is now a member of the Women’s Eagle 7s player pool training full-time at the Olympic Training Center. Details regarding the USMA student’s contract have not been released, but the former cadet arrived in Chula Vista, Calif., on Nov. 24 and will not be returning to West Point after Thanksgiving break.

Heavirland has been in the USA system for years, joining the Women’s Junior All Americans as a high schooler and traveling to England for the 2013 Nations Cup. Last summer, the Whitefish, Mt., native earned her first senior XV caps when she represented the Eagles at the Super Series.

For Army, Heavirland has been indispensable. After a semester with the DI basketball program, the plebe transferred to the rugby team in spring 2015. She led the team in points-scored and to an ACRA 7s Championship, while being named MVP. This fall, the sophomore helped the Black Knights to a runner-up finish at the first varsity championship.

New USA Women's 7s coach Julie McCoy was hired in September, and from Oct. 19-23, she held her first high performance camp. Thirty-nine residents and hopefuls convened, and Heavirland was one of three current college students in attendance. A month later, she's relocated from New York to California.

While training full-time at the OTC, Heavirland plans to apply to a slew of schools to resume her schooling. It's "very scary and exciting at the same time," Heavirland wrote in an e-mail.

The USA Women's 7s team are poised for the Dubai 7s, the first of four stops on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.