For many athletes the highest honor possible is to represent their country in their sport.
This summer Sydney Romero, an incoming Sooner softball standout, gets to live a life long goal by suiting up for America's Junior Women's National Team.
In fact, Sydney traded in her cap and gown for cleats this week.
Passing up her high school graduation to train with team USA.
"It's an honor," Sydney said. "It's been a dream of mine since I was a very young age and now that I'm finally here it's surreal. I can't believe it."
OU head coach Patty Gasso says she's confident Sydney will become a legendary Sooner.
Former OU baseball player and USA Junior Team Assistant Tim Walton also had high praise for the Californian.
"Sydney Romero is one of the best middle infielders in the country," Walton said. "She's not only a great fielder, a great leader, just a very savvy softball player. She has a lot of instincts and a lot of skills and comes from a great family of great softball players and great athletes in general."
Speaking of the Romero's, Sydney's older sister Sierra plays for the Women's National Team, who's also training in OKC this week.
And says she's happy to show her sister the ropes for team USA.
"It's really cool to have her here," Sierra said. "And it's just kind of funny because we look kind of similar, so it's funny. I see her in her uniform and she looks exactly like me so it's nice to experience this with her."
"Just being here with her is amazing," Syndey said. "Like knowing my family is back home I have my sister here with me playing the game we've played our whole life. It just a great opportunity."
While some thought Sydney, a rising college freshman, may choose to play ball at Michigan with Sierra for her senior season, Sydney chose OU.
A supported decision between sisters.
"It was my decision to go there," Sydney said. "She did not pressure me at all. People would think she would, but she left it all up to me. She told me, you need to make your decision for the next for years and I did."
"I support her in everything she does and I think she's going to be a great fit at OU and I know that Gasso's going to turn her into a great player," Sierra said. "I think the best is yet to come for her."
The Romero sisters, as Sierra puts it, are attached at the hip anytime they're together.
The duo recently became the first set of sisters to play on the Junior Team and Women's Team at the same time in USA softball history.
As is the case with most siblings, they don't always see eye to eye.
"She always rats on me," Sydney said. "Like if I do something and if I like tell my parents on her or something she'll automatically just think of something random. Even if it's a lie. She'll just tell my parents and I'll end up getting in trouble."
"In my defense if she didn't tell on me first I wouldn't have brought something up from the past," Sierra said.
From there the sisters tossed around a variety of topics, but the one for sure thing is that Sydney and Sierra are there for each other.
"My favorite thing is our car rides because all we do is sing the whole way," Sydney said. "She cannot sing, so just listening to her just makes me laugh."
"She can't either," Sierra said. "She can't."
"We don't talk softball at all," Sierra said. "Off the field we're just two sisters just having fun. We'll go to the beach. We'll go out to lunch together. Relax in our pajamas all day. She's one of my best friends and she's definitely who I look forward to seeing when I go home."
"Like she said, I like the friendship we have," Sydney said. "She knows pretty much everything about me. I can talk to her about anything whether it has to do with softball or school work or anything. She's always there when I need her."