OKLAHOMA CITY ?- USA Softball announced today the list of invitees for the 2007 USA Softball Women’s National Team selection camp. The list includes three current Arizona players and five former Wildcat stars.
Junior catcher Callista Balko
, senior shortstop Kristie Fox
and senior outfielder Caitlin Lowe
comprise the trio of current Wildcats invited, while 2004 gold medalists Jennie Finch and Lovie Jung will be joined by Alicia Hollowell
, Toni Mascarenas and Mackenzie Vandergeest as former Arizona
standouts asked to attend the camp.
Arizona head coach Mike Candrea, who led the 2004 US Women’s National Team to an Olympic gold medal in Athens, will lead the staff of coaches throughout the selection process and this summer’s tournaments.
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).
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