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Joe Kaiser, Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of UDallas AthleticsBrittany Castro, as a senior softball player, has mastered the art of balancing academics with softball.
Photo courtesy of UDallas Athletics
Brittany Castro, as a senior softball player, has mastered the art of balancing academics with softball.

Last week I was able to catch up with senior softball player Brittany Castro. Brittany is devoted to softball, which she has been playing since age four. “I’ve played in all levels,” she said, “little league, tournament ball, high school and now college.”

Originally Brittany played basketball and softball, but she soon developed a special passion for softball that has been with her for 18 years. Castro also intends to continue playing recreational slowpitch softball as she pursues a Ph.D. in physical therapy.

As a biology major, Brittany at first struggled to balance sports with her academic workload. Once she learned how to manage her time, however, “it became pretty easy.” She commends University of Dallas student-athletes for being able to keep up with the large academic burden while playing a sport. “We have the same academic workload as everyone else, but we have a lot less time to do it,” she said.

Brittany originally chose the University of Dallas because a previous Dallas coach had recruited her at a game. “Out of all the schools I visited,” she said, “UD seemed the best place to play four more years.”

Castro is currently the only upperclassman on the softball team. “It will be hard [for the girls] since there will be no senior,” she admitted. However, she added, “I have no doubt that next year junior Taylor Garcia will be able to take over the team and help the underclassmen develop the program in the right direction.”

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