As Janelle Lindvall began her senior year at the University of Oregon, we had a chance to ask her a few questions about her career and her expectations for the season.
The Oregon Ducks just clinched their 4th consecutive Pac-12 Championship, just as Lindvall had hoped. Read below to hear her take on the 2016 season and how her experience as a Firecracker helped her become a successful leader at the collegiate level.
How do you feel going into your senior season at Oregon?
Knowing that I may only have one more year playing the sport that has given me so much has changed my perspective for this year a little bit. I know that softball will consume most of my time, cause my body to hurt, and prevent me from doing things I like to do outside of school. As a senior, I will not let those factors keep me from enjoying the reasons I started playing softball in the first place. I realize I don’t have the rest of my life to play softball and I want to make my last year’s experience the best I can for me and those around me.
What are your goals for the team or for yourself?
Our team goals for this year are to be PAC-12 Champions for the 4th consecutive year and, of course, win a National Championship. My personal goal is to help my teammates as much as I can. In my opinion, too many players are concerned about their own play or their own results. I want to make people better around me, which will ultimately make the team better.
What’s been your favorite memory of being an Oregon Duck?
As a freshman I got to play my older sister, Devon, at UCLA. That was a series I will never forget. Now, I get to play everyday with my little sister, Lauren, at Oregon.
What’s the biggest thing you took from our program to the field at Oregon?
I would have to say the mental approach to not only the game, but in life was my greatest take away. My time spent with that team is more than just memories for me. The education I gained from playing on Tony’s team for 4 years has molded me into the player and person I am today and I am so thankful for that. Looking back, I realize I was being pushed to be a stronger person everyday just by spending time with the positive influences around me.
What’s your message to all the Firecrackers across the nation?
My message to all the Firecrackers across the nation is to take in as much as you can if you get the chance to be around Tony or the rest of his coaches. Their philosophy is one that I greatly benefitted from. Do your best to truly enjoy your time as a softball player. If you choose to play at the college level, the game only gets more and more demanding. Try not to let it feel like a job. You’ll learn, as you get older that there can be so much satisfaction out of playing a team sport like softball if you can look past winning and losing.
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