“Hey!” Seltzer protested. “My dress is purple!”
Seltzer had driven herself to Westfield, but her father, Jim, retrieved her car from the school parking lot and was waiting for her just outside the entrance to the athletic complex at game’s end. The final horn sounded at 5:44 p.m., Seltzer went through the handshake line a minute later and by 5:51, after the team’s antsy postgame meeting, she was jogging to the parking lot to be whisked home.
The Seltzers decided to take an alternate route to the house to avoid the rush-hour backup at the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley roads. That shaved off a few minutes. At home, Seltzer took a quick shower and at 6:28 p.m., clad in Westfield Bulldogs shorts, slid into a chair in the family’s kitchen, where Molly Seltzer applied her sister’s makeup. At the same time, Acker curled and braided Seltzer’s blond hair, a much fancier style than the ponytail she had worn during the game.
The Seltzer girls’ brother, Gavin, noted that the intense procedure looked more like a NASCAR pit stop than a grooming session.
A teammate, Kelly North, went through similar shower/makeup/hair stations at the Seltzer home.
“Keep it light,” Seltzer’s mother, Krista, advised as Molly applied the makeup.
“Mom, I’m going to ignore you,” Carolyn replied.
After she slipped into her dress and posed for more photos, Seltzer pulled out of the driveway at 7:20 p.m., with Jim Seltzer and other family members driving Carolyn and North to Buca di Beppo on Connecticut Avenue, where they arrived about halfway through the family style dinner and joined their dates. Then it was on to the party bus to the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon for the dance, with a Justin Timberlake “Suit & Tie” theme.
“I think we did pretty well,” Seltzer, a University of Delaware recruit, assessed several days later. “I don’t think there’s anything else we could have done. You play the game for your teammates because you want to win, and after the game you’ll be able to go to prom.
“You really don’t miss that much, and once you get there, everyone is happy to see you. It ends up being the fun night that you always remember.”