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Former Duke field hockey defender Stefanie Fee named to U.S. Olympic team

Former Duke defender Stefanie Fee has become the Blue Devils’ first ever Olympian in field hockey, appearing on the 16-player U.S. roster that was revealed Thursday.

Fee has competed for the U.S. since graduating from Duke in 2012, playing her 50th game for the national team in February against Argentina. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was a member of last year’s U.S. team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Games and helped Team USA to a bronze medal at the Champions Trophy tournament last month.

The U.S. will open Olympic play in Rio de Janeiro August 6 against Argentina, the highest-ranked team in its pool at No. 2 in the International Hockey Federation world rankings. The U.S. is ranked No. 5.

Fee started all of the Blue Devils’ games during her four-year college career from 2008-2011, earning All-American and All-ACC recognition as a senior in 2011.

Goalkeeper Lauren Blazing, who wrapped up her career at Duke last season as a redshirt senior, was under consideration for the Olympics but did not make the final U.S. roster.

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