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    Five SEC Athletes Selected In NWSL Draft

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Five Southeastern Conference soccer players have been chosen in the inaugural college draft of the National Women’s Soccer League, which took place Friday morning at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

    The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in the spring of 2013. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), Seattle Reign FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.

    Friday’s draft consisted of four rounds with each of the eight clubs receiving one pick in each round.

    Florida’s Kathryn Williamson was the highest drafted SEC player, going to Portland with the eighth pick in the first round. Teammate Erika Tymrak was selected with the third pick in the second round to FC Kansas City. Florida’s Holly King (Washington), Georgia’s Ashley Baker (Sky Blue FC) and Florida’s Jo Dragotta (Boston) each were selected in the third round.

    A complete list of the 32 collegiate players drafted on Friday is listed below.

    NWSL Draft First Round
    1: Zakiya Bywaters, UCLA (Chicago)
    2: Tiffany McCarty, Florida State (Washington)
    3: Kristen Mewis, Boston College (FC Kansas City)
    4: Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall, BYU (Sky Blue FC)
    5: Casey Short, Florida State (Boston)
    6: Adrianna French, Oklahoma State (Western New York)
    7: Christine Nairn, Penn State (Seattle)
    8: Kathryn Williamson, Florida (Portland)

    NWSL Draft Second Round
    1: Rachel Quon, Stanford (Chicago)
    2: Caroline Miller, Virginia (Washington)
    3: Erika Tymrak, Florida (FC Kansas City)
    4: Kendall Johnson, Portland (Sky Blue FC)
    5: Mariah Nogueira, Stanford (Boston)
    6: Amy Barczuk, Colorado (Western New York)
    7: Mallory Schaffer, William and Mary (Seattle)
    8: Nicolette Radovic, UCF (Portland)

    NWSL Draft Third Round
    1: Taylor Vancil, Florida State (Chicago)
    2: Holly King, Florida (Washington)
    3: Whitney Berry, Kansas (FC Kansas City)
    4: Ashley Baker, Georgia (Sky Blue FC)
    5: Jo Dragotta, Florida (Boston)

    6: Vicki DiMartino, Boston College (Western New York)
    7: Kristen Meier, Wake Forest (Seattle)
    8: Amber Brooks, North Carolina (Portland)

     NWSL Draft Fourth Round
    1: Jennifer Hoy, Princeton (Chicago)
    2: Colleen Williams, Dayton (Washington)
    3: Nia Williams, Missouri State (FC Kansas City)
    4: Rebecca Kaplan, Maryland (Sky Blue FC)
    5: Maddy Evans, Penn State (Boston)
    6: Jaclyn Logue, Wake Forest (Western New York)
    7: Haley Kopmeyer, Michigan (Seattle)
    8: Roxanne Barker, Pepperdine (Portland)