Former Softball Standout Crystal Draper Will Compete For Greece In 2004 Summer Olympics

Jan. 8, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State softball pitcher Crystal Draper has earned a spot on the Greek National Softball Team and will compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Draper completed individual tryouts in Phoenix, Ariz., from Jan. 2-8 to secure her place on the Greek Olympic roster. Arizona State University softball coach Linda Wells will head the Greek squad.

'This is a great opportunity for Crystal to compete in the Olympic Games,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'She's worked hard and was rewarded with a spot on the team. Not only is this a great opportunity for Crystal but it's exciting for the Oregon State program as well.'

Draper helped lead the Beavers to four consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances (1999-2002), and was a three-time All-Regional Tournament selection. She finished her Oregon State playing career ranked in the top 10 in nine Beaver career pitching categories and her name dots the top 10 in 14 single season categories. Draper's 809 career strikeouts are an Oregon State record.

Draper is currently completing her degree at OSU in Health and Physical Education. She has recently teamed with former Beaver outfielder Jodi Chmielewski to provide individual softball lessons and team clinics throughout the Northwest.

Draper will become the 38th Oregon State athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. She is the first OSU softball player to compete and will be the first Beaver athlete to represent Greece.

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