Three Washington Softball Players Invited To USA Softball National Team Camp
April 2, 2002
SEATTLE - Three Washington softball players, current junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and former standouts Kim DePaul (1997-2000) and Sara Pickering (1994-1997), are among 20 athletes invited to participate in the USA Softball team camp, May 30-June 3, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
The 20 will join 22 other players who were selected in January to compete for spots on teams that will represent the U.S. in international competition this summer. An additional 10 to 18 players will also be added to the camp during the first week of May.
Clark, a two-All-American, and DePaul, a four-time all-Pac-10 honoree, were both members of the USA Blue national team last summer, which earned a gold medal at the Pan Am Games Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela.
Pickering, meanwhile, is currently in her fourth year as an assistant coach at Stanford. A two-time first team All-American, Pickering is the NCAA career leader in doubles and recently survived a bout with Hodgkin's Disease.
Two teams will be selected following the team camp in June. One will represent the USA at the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, HI, (July 4-7), the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada (July 16-21) and the ISF Women's World Championship in Saskatoon, Canada (July 25-August 4).
The second team selected will be called the USA Softball Elite Team, and it will help prepare the World Championship team for international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. The Elite Team will also compete in the Canada Cup.
Below is a listing of the 42 players who have been invited to the team camp so far (current college players denoted by asterisk):
Player Hometown CollegeAlana Addison Gonzales, LA Louisiana-Lafayette*Leah O'Brien-Amico Chino, CA ArizonaToria Auelua Garden Grove, CA UCLA*Lauren Bauer Santa Ana, CA ArizonaSarah Beeson Tucson, AZ Stanford*Patti Benedict Lamont, FL MichiganLaura Berg Santa Fe Springs, CA Fresno StateCrystl Bustos Canyon Country, CA Palm Beach CCJaime Clark Tustin, CA Washington*Courtney Dale Fresno, CA UCLAKim DePaul Houston, TX WashingtonSheila Douty Diamond Bar, CA UCLALisa Fernandez Long Beach, CA UCLAJennie Finch LaMirada, CA Arizona*Jaime Foutch Edmond, OK Oklahoma StateAmanda Freed Cypress, CA UCLA*Nicole Giordano Saugus, CA ArizonaTeri Klement-Goldberg Colorado Springs, CO Colorado StateLori Harrigan Las Vegas, NV UNLVDanielle Henderson Commack, NY MassachusettsMissy Hixon Scottsdale, AZ Arizona State*Lyndsey Klein Roseville, CA UCLAKelly Kretschman Indian Harbour Beach, FL AlabamaNina Lindenberg Anaheim Hills, CA Fresno StateToni Mascarenas Garden Grove, CA ArizonaJessica Mendoza Camarillo, CA Stanford*Tairia Mims Tucson, AZ UCLA*Jarrah Myers Carbondale, KS Notre Dame*Stacey Nuveman LaVerne, CA UCLA*Gina Oaks Alta Loma, CA Cal State Fullerton*Catherine Osterman Houston, TX Texas*Trena Peel Aurora, CO LSU*Sara Pickering Corona, CA WashingtonCourtney Scott Clovis, CA California*Michele Smith Califon, NJ Oklahoma StateBritni Sneed Houston, TX LSU*Nichole Thompson Irvine, CA Arizona State*Jenny Topping Whittier, CA Cal State Fullerton*Mackenzie Vandergeest Newbury Park, CA Arizona*Natasha Watley Irvine, CA UCLA*Kellie Wilkerson Jacksonville, FL Mississippi State*Christa Williams Houston, TX Texas