UW's Kristen Rivera Named To The 2002 USA Softball Elite Team

June 4, 2002

SEATTLE - Washington freshman catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) is one of 17 players selected to the USA Softball Elite Team for the summer of 2002, USA Softball announced Tuesday.

Rivera, a second team All-American in 2002, finished her first season at the UW with a .346 batting average, including 13 doubles, 16 home runs and 61 RBI. The first team all-Pac-10 selection also earned second team all-region honors and was named conference player of the week on April 16.

The 17-player USA Softball Elite Team will help prepare the world championship squad for upcoming international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. Rivera and the Elite squad will also compete at the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., July 12-21.

Three other current and former Huskies were at the tryout camp in Chula Vista, Calif., May 30-June 2. Current UW junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and former standouts Sara Pickering (1994-1997) and Kim DePaul (1998-2001) were among the 57 players vying for the 34 spots on both U.S. national teams.

2002 USA Softball Elite Team: Alana Addison, Gonzales, LA; Sarah Beeson, Tucson, AZ; Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, CA; Selena Collins, Glendale, AZ; Courtney Dale, Fresno, CA; Lindsay Gardner, Katy, TX; Missy Hixon, Scottsdale, AZ; Kelly Kretschman, Indian Harbour Beach, FL; Gina Oaks, Alta Loma, CA; Catherine Osterman, Houston, TX; Trena Peel, Aurora, CO; Kristen Rivera, Perris, CA; Britni Sneed, Houston, TX; Jamie Southern, Clovis, CA; Nichole Thompson, Irvine, CA; Mackenzie Vandergeest, Newbury Park, CA and Kellie Wilkerson, Jacksonville, FL.

2002 USA Softball World Championship Team: Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs, CA; Lisa Fernandez, Long Beach, CA; Jennie Finch, La Mirada, CA; Amanda Freed, Cypress, CA; Nicole Giordano, Saugus, CA; Keira Goerl, Moreno Valley, CA; Lori Harrigan, Las Vegas, NV; Lovie Jung, Fountain Valley, CA; Lyndsey Klein, Roseville, CA; Nina Lindenberg, Anaheim Hills, CA; Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, CA; Tairia Mims, Tucson, AZ; Stacey Nuveman, La Verne, CA; Leah O'Brien-Amico, Chino Hills, CA; Michele Smith, Califon, NJ; Jenny Topping, Whittier, CA; Natasha Watley, Irvine, CA.

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