Winner's Bella Swedlund helping put South Dakota basketball on the map

By Rich Winter

Pretty sure that Winner’s Bella Swedlund owns a few jerseys. Guessing the one she’s wearing (on the left) might be one that stays with her forever.

Huge news for South Dakota basketball as Winner 9th-grader, Bella Swedlund was invited to Colorado Springs, Colorado to try out for the USA Basketball Women’s 16-U squad.

Practices at the OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER in Colorado Springs, Colorado started Thursday. They will run through Monday. There are 74 athletes from the Class of 2022 that were selected for these try outs.

And so, Thursday through Monday, these 74 girls are going to be locked in the OTC, just battling….On Monday the 12 finalists will be selected. Those finalists will remain in Colorado Springs for training camp through May 31, when the official 12-member USA Roster is expected to be announced.

Dang, that is big-time right there!

What a great opportunity for National Coaches to see a TUFF, scrappy and uber-talented kid from Winner, South Dakota competing on this level.

Congrats to all involved.