OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--USA Softball announced today that fifty-two of the nation's finest women's fast pitch softball players have been selected to participate in the Women's National Team Camp, September 27-29 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. USA Softball will select a core group of athletes to return to the 2002 National Team Camp in May and will also select a team to represent the USA at the 2002 South Pacific Classic in Perth, Australia.
The players invited to the September camp are a combination of 2000 Olympic gold medalists, the two USA Softball teams that were fielded in 2001(USA Red and USA Blue) and other top players from across the country.
Players from the 2000 Olympic team that will be attending the camp are Laura Berg, Crystl Bustos, Sheila Douty, Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Lori Harrigan, Danielle Henderson, Teri Klement-Goldberg, Kelly Kretschman, Stacey Nuveman, Leah O’Brien-Amico, Michele Smith and Christa Williams.
Members of USA Red that have accepted invitations to the camp are Lindsey Collins, Lindsay Gardner, Michelle Gates, Nicole Giordano, Keira Goerl, Lovie Jung, Lizzy Lemire, Toni Mascarenas, Jessica Mendoza, Tairia Mims, Catherine Osterman, Trena Peel, Kirsten Voak and Natasha Watley.
Members of USA Blue that will be attending the camp are Toria Auelua, Lauren Bauer, Tia Bollinger, Jaime Clark, Courtney Dale, Kim DePaul, Jennie Finch, Missy Hixon, Nina Lindenberg, Keri McCallum, Jarrah Myers, Jennifer Sharron, Britni Sneed, Nichole Thompson, Jenny Topping and Kellie Wilkerson.
Rounding out the players invited to the camp are Alana Addison, Kelli Braitsch, Jocelyn Forest, Jaime Foutch, Amy Kyler, Courtney Scott, Mackenize Vandergeest and Nichole Victoria.
Breakdown of players by state:
Arizona-Tairia Mims, Tucson; Missy Hixon, Scottsdale; Amy Chellevold, Tucson.
California-Lisa Fernandez, Long Beach; Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs; Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country; Sheila Douty, Diamond Bar; Leah O’Brien-Amico, Chino Hills; Amanda Freed, Cypress; Courtney Scott, Clovis; Jennie Finch, La Mirada; Kirsten Voak, Fremont; Mackenzie Vandergeest, Newbury Park; Jennifer Sharron, Agoura Hills; Keira Goerl, Moreno Valley; Jocelyn Forest, Santa Maria; Courtney Dale, Fresno; Stacey Nuveman, LaVerne; Jenny Topping, Whittier; Nichole Victoria, Camarillo; Lindsey Collins, Fountain Valley; Lovieanne Jung, Westminster; Nina Lindenberg, Anaheim Hills; Toni Mascarenas, Garden Grove; Michelle Gates, Chowchilla; Natasha Watley, Irvine; Jaime Clark, Tustin; Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo; Lauren Bauer, Santa Ana; Nicole Giordano, Saugus; Lizzy Lemire, Irvine; Nichole Thompson, Irvine and Toria Auelua, Garden Grove.
Colorado-Teri Klement-Goldberg, Ft. Collins; Trena Peel, Aurora.
Florida-Kelly Kretschman, Indian Harbour Beach; Kellie Wilkerson, Jacksonville.
Kansas-Jarrah Myers, Carbondale.
Louisiana- Alana Addison, Gonzales.
Michigan-Jennifer Brundage, Ann Arbor.
Nevada-Lori Harrigan, Las Vegas.
New Jersey-Michele Smith, Califon.
New York-Danielle Henderson, Commack.
Ohio- Amy Kyler, Marshallville.
Oklahoma- Kelli Braitsch, Broken Arrow; Jaime Foutch, Edmond.
Texas-Christa Williams, Houston; Britni Sneed, Houston; Catherine Osterman, Houston; Kim DePaul, Houston; Lindsay Gardner, Katy.
Washington-Keri McCallum, Bremerton.
Breakdown of players by college:
University of Alabama (1)
University of Arizona (9)
Arizona State (3)
University of California (2)
Cal State Fullerton (1)
Cleveland State (1)
Colorado State (1)
Fresno State (2)
Louisiana Lafayette (1)
Louisiana State (LSU) (2)
University of Massachusetts (UMASS) (1)
Mississippi State (3)
Notre Dame (3)
University of Oklahoma (1)
Oklahoma State (2)
Palm Beach C.C. (1)
Stanford University (1)
University of Texas (3)
University of Washington (3)
Coaches for the camp will be Mike Candrea (Arizona), Ken Eriksen (South Florida), Michelle Gromacki (Cal-State Fullerton), Jay Miller (Columbia, MO), John Rittman (Stanford) and Kirk Walker (Oregon State).
USA Softball Women’s National Teams have been among the most dominating of any sports team in history. The USA’s ability to bring home the gold in World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Olympics is unchallenged, with a total of thirteen.
The USA Softball Women’s National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport’s history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The USA Softball Women's National Team, which has won the past four consecutive World Championships, the past four consecutive Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.
For complete coverage of the USA Softball Women's National Team visit our web site at www.usasoftball.com.
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