It’s become one of the cliche scenes of modern collegiate sports.

As the NCAA tournament selections are announced on television, the camera turns to a team as it sees its school come up on the screen revealing its presence in the field. The reactions vary in enthusiasm level, sometimes genuine and at other times seemingly manufactured.

But there was nothing phony about the sheer joy the University of Wisconsin softball team expressed when the Badgers learned they had made it into the NCAA tournament. The boisterous, spontaneous celebration that broke out from the banquet room at Christy’s Landing likely echoed all the way across Lake Waubesa.

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