Additional Participants Invited To USA Softball National Team Selection Camp

May 24, 2005

Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and USA Softball announced today 11 additional athletes invited to participate in the 2005 Women's National Team Selection Camp, June 13-17, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

An 18-member national team and 16-member elite team will be selected from this camp to represent the United States in the various international events in 2005. The National team will participate in an exhibition versus Australia on July 12 in Irvine, Calif., the World Cup of Softball July 14-18 in Oklahoma City, and the Japan Cup July 16- August 5 in Yokohama, Japan. The Elite team will participate in the Canada Cup June 29-July 11 in Surrey, B.C., and the Inter-Continental Spain Cup July 20-July 28 in Madrid, Spain.

The following is a breakdown of the additional camp participants by state with their college listed in parenthesis (* are players that have college eligibility):

ARIZONAKristin Vesely (Phoenix, AZ, Oklahoma*)CALIFORNIAAndrea Duran (Selma, CA, UCLA*)Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ, Stanford*)Michelle Smith (Agoura Hills, CA, Stanford*)Gina Oaks (Alta Loma, CA, Cal State Fullerton)Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, CA, Arizona)FLORIDAMegan Higginbotham (Tallahassee, FL, Minnesota*)HAWAIIKaleo Eldredge (Kahului, Hawaii, California- Berkeley)MICHIGANJessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich., Michigan)Jennie Ritter (Dexter, MI, Michigan*)TEXASAmanda Scarborough (Magnolia, TX, Texas A&M*)

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 89 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams and 40,000 umpires today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.

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