Meet the Athlete: Kristine Sommer

Kristine Sommer

By Mae Jacobson, Associate Editor

Team USA rugby player Kristine Sommer came to the pitch as a student at UC Santa Barbara. After playing four years for the Gauchos, Kristine moved to Seattle in 2012 to play for the Emerald City Mudhens. She then joined the Seattle Saracens, helping the team take home back-to-back Division 1 titles in 2015 and 2016. Kristine joined the USA 7s team in 2016 and was selected for the U.S. Women’s World Cup squad in 2017. Along with being a member of USA Rugby, she plays internationally and is a member of the WAC women’s 7s team.

Q. What’s your favorite part about rugby?

A. Rugby gives you a sense of confidence and empowerment. It’s given me so many attributes that have helped me in my personal and professional life. It is also so easy to create an instant bond with other players. I’ve met some of my best lifelong friends through the rugby community.

Q. Tell us about your most recent rugby season.

A. I was lucky enough to be invited to play with the London Harlequins for the 2018–2019 season in the Tyrrells Premiership. The team finished second in May of 2019. It was the most athletic development I’ve had in such a short period of time. I got to play with international players from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Q. What does your future hold?

A. Currently, I have my eyes set on the World Cup in 2021 in New Zealand. I want to get more international games under my belt with USA Rugby. I’m also working on getting back to London to compete in the Tyrrells Premiership again. The world of English rugby is really excelling for the women’s game.

Q. Any advice for aspiring athletes?

A. Be okay with things not going your way. Each day is a new opportunity to start over and re-evaluate. Richie Walker, the previous USA 7s coach, once told me to learn to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. I try to follow that every day.

As published in the September/October 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted September 9, 2019