Invitees for Womens National Team
May 21, 2007
Invitees for Women’s National Team Selection Camp
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- USA Softball announced today the list of invitees for the 2007 USA Softball Women’s National Team selection camp. The camp will be held June 11-15 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be used to select the 2007 USA Softball Women’s National Team that will compete in the KFC World Cup of Softball, July 12-16 in Oklahoma City and the Pan American Games, July 20-30, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
USA Softball will be looking to defend its World Cup title from 2006 and capture its sixth consecutive Pan American Games gold medal in Rio. The USA Women’s National Team will also compete in the Canada Cup, June 28-July 8, in Surrey, B.C., Canada. The USA Women’s National Team has not competed in the Canada Cup since 2003.
A total of 37 players have been selected to attend the Women’s National Team Camp including the 22 member National Training Team selected back in September of 2006. The invitees for the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp are listed below:
*Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.)
Callista Balko (Tucson, Ariz.)
*Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.)
Katie Burkhart (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
*Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.)
Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.)
Gina Carbonatto (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
India Chiles (Louisville, Ky.)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
*Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.)
*Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.)
*Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach Calif.)
*Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz.)
Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif.)
*Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif.)
*Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif.)
*Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif.)
*Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.)
*Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.)
*Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.)
Jodie Legaspi (Garden Grove, Calif.)
*Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.)
Toni Mascarenas (Garden Grove, Calif.)
*Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.)
*Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas)
*Sarah Pauly (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Samantha Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.)
*Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich.)
*Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif.)
*Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif.)
Kristina Thorson (Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
*Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif.)
Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
*Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.)
Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.)
Megan Willis (Chandler, Ariz.)
*Member of the 2006-07 National Training Team
Coaches for the 2007 USA Softball Women's National team are Head Coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, Ariz.) from the University of Arizona, Assistant Coach Chuck D’Arcy (Sacramento, Calif.), Assistant Coach Karen Johns (Charlottesville, Va.) from the University of Virginia and Assistant Coach John Rittman, (Stanford, CA) from Stanford University.
Other coaches who will be attending the Women’s National Team Selection Camp are Carol Hutchins (University of Michigan), Mike Larabee (Wright State), Mark Lumley (Baylor University), Scott Whitlock (Kennesaw State University) and Teresa Wilson (Texas Tech University).
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 84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 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 eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive.