Penn State's wrestling, women's rugby teams visit the White House

"We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend", Staley said.

When South Carolina's invitation to Friday's White House event finally did arrive earlier this month, Staley declined it. The matter of an invitation seemed to be a question of when rather than if: every women's basketball champion has been invited to the White House since 1983. Major championship teams like men's basketball visit the White House on their own. "We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", she told the AP.

In May, Washington won its first national championship in women's rowing since 2001 after sweeping all nine of its races - including all three Grand Final races - during the three-day regatta in West Windsor, New Jersey. Despite multiple other teams receiving an invitation, Staley and her team never got theirs. "I don't know what else has to happen".

Trump, who considers himself to be an excellent athlete, once bragging "I was always the best athlete..."


The Tar Heels also cited a scheduling conflict when they turned down their invitation; however, even if they had agreed to meet Trump, they wouldn't have been in the mass of athletes on Friday.

When Trump spotted Maryland lacrosse attacker Dylan Maltz wearing a blue Trump '16 tie, he pumped his hand and brought him to the front of the team's riser near the South Lawn. One of my favorites occurred back in September when President Trump invited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors to the White House.

"Because I'm out here practicing", Staley said.

  • Steve Townsend