OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – USA Softball announced today the list of athletes who have been invited to its upcoming selection camps for the 2006 USA Softball Women’s National Team and the 2006 World University Games team. The World University Games selection camp will be held June 9-11 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be followed by the Women’s National Team camp June 13-17. The Women’s National Team will represent the United States at three events this year including the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla., the only National Team event held on American soil.
A total of 30 players have been selected to attend the Women’s National Team Camp including the 26 member National Training Team selected back in September of last year. The invitees for the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp are: *Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif., Tennessee) ; Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Fresno State); Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif., West Palm Beach C.C.); Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif., Washington); Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif., UCLA); Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif., Arizona); Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz., UCLA); Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif., UCLA); Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif., California-Berkeley); *Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif., Arizona); Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif., Arizona); Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Alabama); *Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif., Stanford); *Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif., Arizona) ; Toni Mascarenas (Garden Grove, Calif., Arizona); Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif., Stanford); Jessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich., Michigan); Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif., UCLA); *Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas, Texas); *Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich., Michigan); Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif., Fresno State); Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif., Cal State Fullerton); Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif., Arizona); Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif., UCLA); Kellie Wilkerson (Jacksonville, Fla., Mississippi State); Kristen Zaleski (Temple, Texas, Texas State University). The additional players invited to the camp include Lisa Carey (Topeka, Kan., Oklahoma), Jodie Cox (Lancaster, Calif., Cal State Fullerton), *Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif., UCLA) and Iyhia McMichael (Nacogdoches, Texas, Mississippi State). (* Denotes players currently in college)
The USA Softball Women’s National Team will compete at the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (July 13-17), the ISF Women’s World Championships in Beijing, China (August 21- September 7) and the Japan Cup in Yokohama, Japan (November 13-20).
During the ISF Women’s World Championships in Beijing, the U.S. will be seeking its sixth consecutive World Championship gold medal. In addition to the opportunity to be crowned world champion, the ability to secure a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games will be on the line. The top four finishers at the World Championship will qualify for the Olympic Softball competition taking place almost exactly two years later (August 2008).
The 27 participants invited to the World University Team Selection Camp come from 11 different colleges. The list of invitees include Caitlin Benyi (Scottsdale, Ariz., UCLA); Tina Boutelle (Katy, Texas, Texas); Katie Burkhart (San Luis Obispo, Ariz., Arizona State); Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif., Arizona State); Maddy Coon (Chappaqua, NY, Stanford); Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif., Northwestern); Mindy Cowles (Riverside, Calif., Arizona State); Lisa Dodd (San Diego, Calif., UCLA); Norrelle Dickson (Orange, Calif., Oklahoma); Sarah Fekete (Maryville, Tenn., Tennessee); Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill., Michigan); Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif., Arizona); Tiffany Haas (North Tustin, Calif., Michigan); Vanessa Iapala (San Diego, Calif., Oregon State); Jodie Legaspi (Garden Grove, Calif., UCLA); Brianne McGowan (Reno, Nev., Oregon State); Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif., Washington); Catalina Morris (Sonoita, Ariz., Stanford); Jackie Rinehart (Reno, Nev., Stanford); Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif., Tennessee); Anjelica Selden (Vacaville, Calif., UCLA); Kristina Thorson (Lake Forest Park, Calif., California); Stephanie VanBrakle (Chambersburg, Penn., Alabama); Kristen Vesley (Phoenix, Ariz., Oklahoma); Desiree Williams (Tucson, Ariz., Texas); Haley Woods (Burlingame, Calif., California) and Emily Zaplatosch (Scottsdale, Ariz., UCLA).
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.