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Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021

Swedish Basketball Player Brings Something New to Team

With just a glance, you may think Linnea Rosendal is like any other college freshman at Mercer University: beautiful, happy and proudly proclaiming an undecided major.

But the 6’1 point guard from Sweden has been distinguishing herself since the day she set foot on campus.

“I came here in August of last year…I’ve always wanted to go to college” said Rosendal on why she traveled to the states.

While initially learning of Mercer from a past assistant coach with the university, Rosendal looked into the possibility of playing her sport for an American team. After correspondence with some of the head coaches, Rosendal said she felt comfortable with everyone at Mercer and decided to make journey from Stockholm all the way to Macon.

Since arriving, Rosendal has played in almost every game since the season’s open in November, scoring 13 points in the game against Samford University.

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Rosendal goes up for two points in the game against Samford.

“I love being apart of something bigger, a team. We share success and even good memories and bad memories.”

This genuine love for the sport has propelled Rosendal to accredited success, competing in three European Championships and being a member of the Swedish National Team.

The fondest memories of her career thus far include traveling with her past teammates to places like Lithuania and South Korea to face off against some difficult opponents.

“I really care for my teammates. I have a different perspective because I’m from a different culture.”

Rosendal said she really likes to make the effort to be a team player and feels her difference in culture has influenced the manner and style in which she plays.

Outside of basketball, Rosendal said she enjoys just hanging out with friends and has recently taken up painting and drawing as part of a class.

After Mercer, Rosendal said she might go back to Sweden to continue her education or try and get a contract here to play basketball professionally. She is unsure what the future may hold for her and her undecided major, but remains optimistic.

“I’m just going to try and take it one day at a time.”


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