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Getting to Know Nyree White
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/23/2012

April 23, 2012

STANFORD, Calif. - The Cardinal welcomes eight freshmen to the squad this year. GoStanford.com will profile each of them throughout the season. In this edition get to know pitcher Nyree White.

Nickname: Ny, Nyny, Whitey

A moment in my life I will always remember: Signing my letter of intent to Stanford with my family

My first impression of Coach Rittman was: I was really intimidated, so the first time I met him I just kept telling myself not to say anything stupid

My parents' occupations are: My mom, Lisa, is a nurse in the neurology department and my dad, Mike, is the head softball coach at the University of Oregon

Favorite napping spot: Locker room or my bed. I will settle for just about anywhere though.

The perfect meal includes: Crab legs with butter, Diet Coke, and frozen yogurt

The furthest from home I have ever been is: Cape Town, South Africa

The first sport I ever played was: Softball!

The person I would most like to meet is: Condoleezza Rice

Superstitions/pregame rituals: I always visualize the first inning of the game

Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: that life is the most fun when each day is unpredictable and how to ride a bike one-handed.

My sports hero growing up was: My dad

My earliest sports memory is: Watching my dad play men's fastpitch softball

In my off-time, I'm most likely to be found: Sleeping. I guarantee I will always be sleeping.

Something people would be surprised to know about me: I was named after my grandma from New Zealand, and my name means family in the native Maori language.

The best thing about Stanford is: That you will never meet two people who are the same and getting to meet people who are the best in the world at what they do.

Least Favorite Food: Cottage Cheese

My favorite movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

My favorite TV show: Bones

Favorite city: San Francisco

If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Pancakes with peanut butter

Sports teams I followed when I was younger: The Red Sox

The place I'd most like to visit: London

I'm afraid of: Being in the water with fish.

Hidden talent: I can move/wiggle my ears. It's super cool.

My favorite place that I ever visited is: Wellington, New Zealand

My favorite place on the Stanford campus is: My bed or the softball field

My favorite class at Stanford has been: My freshman writing class about gender politics

I'm most thankful for: My family! My parents and my two sisters are amazing and I wouldn't be where I am today without them.

Best book I have ever read: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

My parents were right when they told me: That hard work can get me anything I want in life.

The reason I chose Stanford University is: because I never forgot seeing the Stanford softball team on ESPN at the 2001 College World Series when I was nine. I remember telling my mom that I was going to play for Stanford because "they are smart and play softball too." As I grew up it was always my goal to become the best in both school and softball, and when it came time to choose a college, it was a simple decision for me because having the opportunity to get a Stanford education and play softball at the highest level was what I had been working for my entire life.

I would love to trade places for a day with: Brandon Marcello, our sports performance coach because he has a Ph.D.

The talent I'd most like to have is: To be able to dance like Cassandra Rouland. And ride my bike with no hands like her too.

My funniest teammate is: Jenna Becerra

The sport I am the worst at is: Tennis

My favorite softball memory is: Practices with my dad and sister, Sidney

Favorite midnight snack: The giant melty gooey chocolate chip cookies at Arrillaga Late Nite


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