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69 As impressive as her GPA, much can be said about Gitt's role as a teammate. She embraced her position as a reserve while the Hawkeyes registered records of 15-5 in 2011, 14-7 in 2012, and 13-8 in 2013. is is Gitt's season to log significant minutes. "It is what we talk about all the time: everybody is valued 100 percent, no matter what role you play," Cellucci said. "She has taken that to heart, and the coaching staff has appreciated it." "I feel like I have to be ready to do anything and be ready to step into whatever role I need to take," Gitt said. "Having that flexibility and willingness to do whatever the team needs is the key." In nine matches this season, the Hawkeyes are 7-2 overall with wins against No. 6 Virginia, No. 11 Wake Forest, and No. 17 Indiana. Gitt has played in all nine (with six starts), helping limit opponents to 1.42 goals per game. Gitt has also positioned herself with plenty of potential employment options aer college. On one hand, she is interested in soware development; on another she would like to get into the business side of planning and managing soware for various projects. Last summer Gitt completed an internship at Innovative Soware Engineering in Coralville, where she worked on two Windows CE projects that dealt with a trucking application. e organization Gitt is required to show in field hockey's midfield has shown up on long road trips to Big Ten Conference venues. An eight hour bus ride to Michigan is no problem for Gitt, who will spend seven of those hours completing a class project. On off days, that organization helps her identify when to put in extra time on the field, watching video, or cross-training. "It's understanding that schedule and getting yourself to be at a higher level fitness-wise and A sking Brynn Gitt to unify the first line of defense for the University of Iowa field hockey team should come as second nature for someone who excels at organization. Gitt is a senior midfielder for the Hawkeyes. She has played sparingly during her first three seasons: three games as a freshman, nine as a sophomore, eight as a junior. Her first career start came during a 4-1 win against No. 11 Wake Forest on Aug. 30. In the past, Gitt has always been ready to fill in when needed; this season UI head coach Lisa Cellucci will expand Gitt's role. "It's all out at this point," said Gitt, a native of Lumberton, New Jersey. "Everything is le on the field and I'll do anything I can to prepare." From the time Gitt arrived on campus in 2011, there have been several Hawkeyes score more goals and compile more assists. But for Gitt, the number 3.97 is significant. at is her current cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) while pursuing a major in computer engineering. "Preparation is key, on the field and in the classroom," Gitt said. "If you can get a calendar set and know what you are doing at any moment in a day, that helps set you up for success." Since this is her final season on the pitch, Gitt chose a good semester to -- as she says -- "coast out" in the classroom. She is taking 15 hours, which includes the elective class, eory and Ethics of Coaching -- fitting for a senior field leader. e last two seasons Gitt has been named Gladiator SGI/NFHCA Division I Scholar of Distinction. e honor goes to student-athletes who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.90. "Brynn is highly intelligent, she puts in the work, and takes pride in her school work," Cellucci said. "She is a great example."

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