The list includes eight players with Arizona connections -- pitcher Taryne Mowatt, incoming 2008 recruit Brittany Lastrapes and former players Jennie Finch, Mackenzie Vandergeest, Lovie Jung, Alicia Hollowell, Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox. Finch and Jung were members of the 2004 Olympic gold medalist team, and along with Lowe and Hollowell played with Team USA on its summer tour this year.?
This will be one of the most historic camps ever held by USA Softball because it could be the last opportunity these players have to compete in an Olympic Games. The team selected will go on to represent the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, the last Olympic Games for the sport of softball until at least 2016. ?
The 2007 USA Softball Womenˇ?s National Team just completed one of its most successful summers in recent history. It posted a perfect 20-0 record on the way to three gold medals that included a second World Cup title, sixth consecutive Pan Am gold medal and top honors at the Canada Cup. During those three events, the Red, White and Blue outscored their opponents 164-4 while posting a batting average of .426. The pitching staff held opponents to a .115 batting average. At the XV Pan Am Games, the last competition of the summer, the USA posted a 4-0 record on their way to their eighth overall Pan American gold medal.
A total of 32 players have been invited to attend this historic camp. The invitees for the 2008 USA Softball Womenˇ?s National Team Selection Camp are:
*Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.) - Tennessee
*Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) ?C Fresno State
Katie Burkhart (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) ?C Arizona State
*Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.) ?C Palm Beach C.C.
Eileen Canney? (Paradise, Calif. ) - Northwestern
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ?C Arizona State
*Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) - UCLA
Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach Calif.) - UCLA
*Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) - Arizona
*Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz.) - UCLA
Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) - Arizona
Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif.) - UCLA
*Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif.) - California
Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) ?C Corona del Sol H.S.
*Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif.) - Arizona
*Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.) - Arizona
*Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) - Alabama
*Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.) - Stanford
Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) ?C Laguna Hills H.S./Arizona
*Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) - Arizona
*Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) - Stanford
Ashley Monceaux ?(Tucson, Ariz.) - Baylor
Taryne Mowatt (Corona, Calif.) - Arizona
Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.) - UCLA
*Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) - Texas
*Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich.) - Michigan
Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif.) - Tennessee
Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.) ?C Virginia Tech
*Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif.) ?C Cal State Fullerton
Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) - Arizona
*Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) - UCLA
Kristen Zaleski (Temple, Texas) ?C Texas State
*Member of the 2007 USA Softball Womenˇ?s National Team.
The roster for the 2008 USA Softball Womenˇ?s National Team will be announced on September 17 and the selected team will begin training together in late September.