Summerville woman to sing National Anthem before Gamecocks play Saturday night

PHOENIX, AZ (WCSC) - During Saturday night's game, much of the Lowcountry will be focused on the Gamecocks.

But before the game starts, the nation will have its eyes on a Lowcountry woman who will sing the national anthem.

Summerville native Aurie Schmielding never thought it would be possible.

"My heart was racing since like 12:30 p.m. All night, I couldn't sleep," she says.

Schmielding recalls the moment she found out she would sing in front of tens of thousands of people.

"Once in a lifetime for me, I never dreamed I would have this kind of experience, especially this kind of crowd or audience," she says. "So I can't match it to anything I've ever done before."

Being able to do it alongside other Gamecocks makes it taste that much sweeter.

"Such an honor to do this while both teams are in the final four," Schmielding says.

With less than 24 hours until she fills the speakers with America's song, the excitement is kicking in.

"It's unfathomable. I mean I can't even say words, I'm so excited about it," she says.

She knows she has support from back home, too. "The whole town of Summerville and Charleston has been excited, especially Columbia, all of my friends and family have been super-excited for me."

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