Feb. 7, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Additional NLIs continue to arrive to campus as soccer standout Nicole Smolinski is the latest student-athlete to commit to the women's soccer program at UC Davis. By signing her National Letter of Intent, Smolinski is the sixth player to commit to the Aggies since the signing period started on Feb. 6.
Other student-athletes who signed their NLI, and will join the Aggies in 2013 are (in alphabetical order): Nicole Bouvia, Hailey Jenkins, Taylor Locke, Audrey "Zuzu" Romano and Emma Tinloy.
Nicole Smolinski - Defender (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Ranked No. 14 in California and No. 116 nationally against other club soccer players by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Smolinski has been a fixture in Aliso Niguel's starting lineup since her freshman season.
In 2012, Aliso Niguel captured the CIF-SS Division I and CIF Division I Regional championships to become one of only three teams ever to win both titles in the same season. Based her team's success, ESPN and MaxPreps rated Aliso Niguel as the No. 1 team in the country.
The recipient of the Best Defender award as selected by her coaches and teammates as a freshman, sophomore and junior, she also received additional All-South Coast League and All-CIF Second Team accolades last season.
Off the pitch, the mayor of Aliso Viejo named Smolinski the 2012 Citizen of the Year for her athletic prowess and stellar academic record.
A member of the So Cal Blues soccer club for eight years, she helped her team finish third in the U16-Division at the Elite Clubs National League championship, U17 Nationals, and capture the U17 Regional League, U17 National League and U17 Regional Cup titles.
A 2010-11 and '11-'12 recipient of the Espirit de Wolverine for her academic achievement, Smolinski is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation and school's Docile Rank 1 with her current 4.4 grade point average.
Robinson on Smolinski: "Smolinski is a very fit and athletic defender who can run for days. Her ability to move the attack forward and still recover quickly on defense sets her apart. She is a technically sound player who can dribble out of pressure and stick tackles, when necessary. She has played for a number of top club teams in Southern California (Legends Breakaway, So Cal Blues) and is comfortable competing against talented teams and individuals."