For Michelle Salmon, the third time was the charm.
After spendingpart of the summer practicing in the Olympic Developmental Program'sregional camp, the 14-year-old Old Mill sophomore was notified last weekend that she had been invited to try out for the under-16 national team.
"This is the farthest I've gone in the ODP," said Salmon, who will turn 15 on Oct. 5. "I've been in the regional camp for the past twoyears, so there was no pressure this time. I was more relaxed. I just said, 'I'm going to go out there and have some fun,' and I did."
Salmon was one of only two girls from Maryland -- and 16 overall -- chosen from among 84 regional camp participants from the 13 East Coast states.
Salmon and Shannon Bagrosky, a sophomore at Howard High,will leave Nov. 27 to join about 48 other girls for the weeklong tryouts in Dallas.
Salmon is the county's top scorer, with 12 goals and one assist. She has been involved in 13 of the Patriots' 20 goals this season.
Her four-goal effort in a recent 6-0 victory over North County helped boost the Patriots to a 4-0 record.
As a freshman, Salmon was Old Mill's leading scorer, with 17 goals and three assists. She helped the team to its third Region II title in five years and a state semifinal berth with an 11-4 record.