Oklahoma City, OK---USA Softball has announced the selection of 17-players to the USA Softball Elite Team for 2002. The Elite Team will help prepare the World Championship team for the upcoming international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. They will also compete at the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada, July 12-21.
The elite team was selected after participating in the Women's World Championship Tryout Camp, May 30-June 2, in Chula Vista, CA.
Players selected for the USA Softball Elite Team are Alana Addison, Gonzales, LA; Sarah Beeson, Tucson, AZ; Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, CA; Selena Collins, Glendale, AZ; Courtney Dale, Fresno, CA; Lindsay Gardner, Katy, TX; Missy Hixon, Scottsdale, AZ; Kelly Kretschman, Indian Harbour Beach, FL; Gina Oaks, Alta Loma, CA; Catherine Osterman, Houston, TX; Trena Peel, Aurora, CO; Kristen Rivera, Perris, CA; Britni Sneed, Houston, TX; Jamie Southern, Clovis, CA; Nichole Thompson, Irvine, CA; Mackenzie Vandergeest, Newbury Park, CA and Kellie Wilkerson, Jacksonville, FL.
Coaches for the 2002 USA Softball Elite Team are Head Coach Jay Miller from Columbia, MO, Assistant Coaches Michelle Gromacki (Fullerton, CA) from Cal State Fullerton and Assistant Coach Kirk Walker, (Corvallis, OR) from Oregon State.
USA Softball Womenís National Teams have been among the most dominating of any sports team in history. The USA ís ability to bring home the title in World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympics is unchallenged, with a total of 13 gold medals.
The USA Softball Womenís National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sportís history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA , and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney . The USA Softball Womenís National Team, which has won the past four World Championships, the past four Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.
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. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions.
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