Two Former Huskies To Compete At the 2005 Pacific Rim Sports Summit in Seattle
Jan. 11, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ---After a three-day tryout camp in Chula Vista, CA, former Washington players Jaime Clark and Jenny Topping have been selected by USA Softball to the 18-member roster to compete at the 2005 Pacific Rim Sports Summit in Seattle in June.
Clark, a 2003 graduate from Washington, had a spectacular collegiate career that included two appearances in the Women's College World Series (2000, 2003) and three Pac-10 all-conference awards. She finished her career with three school records, including career home runs (73), career runs scored (223) and career runs batted in (243). She was an alternate on the 2004 USA Women's Softball Team that won the Olympic gold medal in Athens last summer.
Topping played one season at UW (2000) and earned All-America honors before transferring to Cal State Fullerton. During her freshman campaign, Topping led the nation in home runs (24), RBIs (90) and slugging percentage (.960). She was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and set Washington records for walks (56) and on-base percentage (.565). Topping was a member of the 2004 Olympic team.
Twelve of the 15 players from Olympic team will compete in Seattle along with the three alternates from the 2004 National Team. Making up the core group includes three-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, CA) and Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA) and two-time Olympic gold medallist Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, CA).
Adding to the core group are 2004 Olympic gold medallist Jennie Finch (La Mirada, CA), Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA), Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, CA), Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, FL), Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA), Tairia Flowers (Tucson, AZ), Cat Osterman (Houston, TX), Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) and Topping (Whittier, CA).
2004 Olympic alternates Nicole Giordano (Saugus, CA) and Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) join Clark to round out the 15 players who were in Athens this past summer.
New faces added for the event are pitcher Leigh Ann Ellis (Barboursville, WV), infielder Vicky Galindo (Union City, CA) and pitcher Dana Sorenson (San Diego, CA).
These players have been selected for this event only and must go through another team camp in mid-June to earn a spot on the 2005 National Team or Elite Team.
Coaches for the Pacific Rim Sports Summit are head coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, AZ), assistant coach Ken Eriksen (Temple Terrace, FL), assistant coach Jay Miller (Starkville, MS) and assistant coach John Rittman (San Jose, CA).