LACONIA — Sidney Swormstedt returned recently from Florida, where she took part in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
''It was such a great experience, playing with the top girls in the country, and such an honor to be there'' said Swormstedt. ''I was one of the youngest players there and I got to play some different positions. I've always played attack, but this time I was a midfielder. I learned some new things which helped make me a more complete player.''
The girls' showcase featured a four-team round-robin pool with 80 players from 27 states. Swormstedt finished with three goals and an assist in three games playing for the Freedom team.
One of four New Hampshire players selected for the showcase, Swormstedt, a member of the Class of 2015 at New Hampton School, was named a US Lacrosse All-American this summer after a standout sophomore season that included 64 goals and 24 assists for the Huskies, who finished the season 10-6 and with a share of the Lakes Region championship.
She also plays soccer and was named MVP of the girls soccer team in her sophomore year.
Swormstedt, a day student at New Hampton who has already verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, comes from an active athletic family. Her parents, Jim and Randy Swormstedt, until recent years were both competitors in the triathlon evens around New England and the Swormstedt name in Laconia is synonymous with athletics.
Her first sport was soccer, where she has played with Seacoast United. For 11 years she took gymnastics at Lakes Region Gymnastics, practicing three to four hours a day, and achieving the strength and flexibility which serve her so well in lacrosse.
Her love of gymnastics remains, however, and her favorite movie is ''Stick It'', a 2006 film which stars Missy Peregrym as a rebellious teen gymnast.
Once she started to play lacrosse, however, she knew that she had found her sport.
''The more I played it, the more I liked it.'' she says.
During the winter months she practices lacrosse every Sunday, playing with the Granite State Elite at the Hampshire Dome in Amherst.
She says that she is fortunate to be playing at New Hampton School and that she and other members of the team are ''wicked close, we're like family'' and that one of her goals now that she has played in a national setting is ''to be a good teammate on and off the field.''
Swormstedt says that New Hampton Coach Jenna McCabe ''is one of the best coaches ever. She has taught me so much.''
McCabe sees a bright future for Swormstedt. "Sidney was such an electric scorer for our team this past season. It's great to see her flourish in such a competitive environment. She is helping to put New Hampton Women's Lacrosse on the map."
Her mother, Randy, says that she's really proud of Sydney's accomplishments. ''She's a great kid and works hard and I expect that will continue at North Carolina.''
She says that her daughter has made the top 25 list for her class level with Inside Lacrosse but the family won't know until the list is published where she is ranked nationally.
Sydney says that she's looking to major ''in something that involves sports'' when she heads off to North Carolina in two years.
Sidney Swormstedt of Laconia, a standout with the New Hampton School Lacrosse team, recently took part in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event., held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Courtesy photo)