Jaime Clark & Kristen Rivera To Tryout For 2004 Olympic Softball Team
Aug. 25, 2003
SEATTLE- USA Softball announced today that Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) are among 46-players invited to participate in the 2003 Olympic Trials, September 2-7, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. These players will be competing for spots on the USA Softball Women's National Team that will participate in the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece next summer. An initial list of 18-players will be announced on Monday, September 8. Since the official Olympic roster consists of only 15-players, three of the 18 players selected will be named as alternates at a later date.
Clark, a senior for Washington last spring, received an automatic invitation after participating on the USA Softball National Team this past summer. She led the team with a 1.033 slugging percentage and ranked second with a .500 batting average (15-for-30). Clark finished the 30-game tour with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 runs batted in. She also scored 17 runs, drew six walks and was 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
Rivera, who declined invitation to the 2003 National Team Camp due to injury will make the trip to Chula Vista next week. She is coming off a spectacular sophomore campaign with the Huskies, in which she led the team with a .395 (73-for-185) average and a .859 slugging percentage. Rivera's 25 home runs set a school single-season record and tied for the national lead, earning her first team All-America honors.
When the U.S. Women's National Team travels to Athens, Greece in 2004, it looks to defend its 1996 and 2000 Olympic gold medal and add its third consecutive gold medal to the Olympic record books. In Olympic competition, the women have tallied a 15-4 overall record since their first title in 1996.
Should Clark or Rivera earn one of the 18 coveted spots on the National Team, she would be the first Washington player to represent USA softball in the Olympic Games since softball became a recognized sport by the International Olympic Committee in 1996.