Whether she’s kicking a ball or throwing a disc, biology major Marlena Hartman-Filson ’13 (Evergreen, Colo.) has dominated the field during her four years at Carleton. She’s a forward for the women’s soccer team and a cutter for Syzygy, the college’s Division I women’s Ultimate team. One of only six Carleton athletes to be named to All-Region teams twice (in 2010 and 2012) by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Hartman-Filson talks about the sports that have helped define her time at Carleton.
Why two?: Playing soccer in fall and Ultimate in winter and spring keeps me excited about going to every practice and game. I’d feel stuck in a rut if I played the same sport every term. Plus, just because my teammates and I play a sport together doesn’t mean our other interests overlap.
It broadens my Carleton experience to have connections in different areas.
For the long term: I’ll continue playing both sports at some level. Ultimate has a huge community across the United States, so it’s a great way to meet people. I’ll play soccer to the extent that my foot injury lets me. No matter where you go, if you have a soccer ball, people can relate to you.
After graduation: I love working in research labs, but I’m also looking into volunteer service programs.
Web Extra: Since her freshman year, Marlena Hartman-Filson '13 has written a blog for Carleton's admissions office.