Oct. 2, 2002
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -
USA Softball announced today the 22-athletes selected for its National Training Team. This group, which will train together in November and January at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, earn an automatic invitation back to the Pan Am Tryout camp in June 2003.
Players making up the 2002-03 USA Softball National Training Team are:
Player, Hometown (College)
Alana Addison, Gonzales, LA (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs, CA (Fresno State)
Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, CA (Palm Beach C.C.)
Courtney Dale, Fresno, CA (UCLA)
Lisa Fernandez, Long Beach, CA (UCLA)
Jennie Finch, La Mirada, CA (Arizona)
Amanda Freed, Cypress, CA (UCLA)
Lindsay Gardner, Katy, TX (Texas)
Nicole Giordano, Saugus, CA (Arizona)
Teri Goldberg, Ft. Collins, CO (Colorado State)
Keira Goerl, Moreno Valley, CA (UCLA)
Lori Harrigan, Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Lovie Jung, Fountain Valley, CA (Arizona)
Lyndsey Klein, Roseville, CA (UCLA)
Nina Lindenberg, Anaheim Hills, CA (Fresno State)
Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, CA (Stanford)
Tairia Mims, Tucson, AZ (UCLA)
Stacey Nuveman, La Verne, CA (UCLA)
Leah O'Brien-Amico, Chino Hills, CA (Arizona)
Catherine Osterman, Houston, TX (Texas)
Mackenzie Vandergeest, Thousand Oaks, CA (Arizona)
Natasha Watley, Irvine, CA (UCLA)
Despite a players non-selection to the National Training Team, they do remain in the player pool and could be invited back to the camp in June.
USA Softball, which won its fifth consecutive World Championship in 2002, will be going for its fifth consecutive Pan Am gold medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games in August in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The USA qualified as the top seed during the 2001 Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela with an unblemished 9-0 record.
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 fourteen.
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. Following its run through the World Championships, the USA has now been the undisputed No. 1 team in the world for the past 16 years.
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. In addition to those duties, the ASA conducts the only recognized National Championship competitions in the United States.
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