Six Bruins Invited to USA Sofftball's September Selection Camp

Aug. 15, 2005

Six current or former UCLA softball players are among the 35 athletes invited to participate in USA Softball's National team selection camp, September 6-10, in Chula Vista, Calif. Two of UCLA's 2006 seniors, Caitlin Benyi and Andrea Duran will join four of UCLA's Olympic Gold Medalists, Tairia Mims Flowers, Amanda Freed, Stacey Nuveman and Natasha Watley, at the camp.

The Women's National Team Selection Committee will evaluate the athletes for three days before selecting the 17-member Pan American Qualifier team.

The chosen team will compete November 26-December 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, at the qualifier tournament for the 2006 World Championships in Beijing, China and the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. An official roster announcement will be made on Monday, September 12 identifying the selected athletes. Following this camp, the Women's Selection Committee will also announce the 2006 National Training team (22 members) that will train together during selected weeks from January- May of 2006.

Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, Ariz., head coach at Arizona) will lead the Red, White and Blue in Guatemala assisted by Ken Eriksen (Temple Terrace, Fla., head coach at Uni. of South Florida), John Rittman (San Jose, Calif., head coach at Stanford University) and Teresa Wilson (Lubbock, Texas, head coach at Texas Tech).

Recently named to the USA Coaching Pool, the following coaches will lead the September selection camp program:

Suzy Brazney (Buena Park, Calif., head coach at Golden West College); Chuck D'Arcy (Sacramento, Calif., ASA Hall of Famer, Founder and former manager of Sacramento Rush Girls Softball Team); Gordon Eakin (Sandy, Utah, head coach at Brigham Young University); Stacy Iveson (Tucson, Ariz., head coach at Pima Community College); Barbara Jordan (Northridge, Calif., head coach at Cal State Northridge); Cheri Kempf (Antioch, Tenn., Owner/Instructor, Club K Fast Pitch Softball Training Facility); Mike Larabee (Bellbrook, Ohio, head coach at Wright State University); Mark Lumley (Waco, Texas, Asst. Coach at Baylor University)

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

Caitlin Benyi (Scottsdale, Ariz., UCLA)*
Selena Collins (Glendale, Ariz., Texas A&M)
Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz., UCLA)

Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif., Tennessee)*
Lauren Bauer (Santa, Calif., Arizona)
Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Fresno State)
Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif., West Palm Beach C.C.)
Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif., Washington)
Jodie Cox (Lancaster, Calif., Cal State Fullerton)
Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif., UCLA)*
Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif., Arizona)
Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif., UCLA)
Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif., California-Berkeley)
Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif., Arizona)
Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif., Arizona)*
Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif., Arizona)
Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif., Stanford)*
Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif., Arizona)*
Toni Mascarenas (Garden Grove, Calif., Arizona)
Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif., Stanford)
Marissa Nichols (Diamond Bar, Calif., UNLV)*
Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif., UCLA)
Heather Scaglione (San Diego, Calif., Oklahoma)
Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif., Tennessee)*
Dana Sorensen (San Diego, Calif., Stanford)
Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif., Fresno State)
Nichole Thompson (Mission Viejo, Calif., Arizona State)
Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif., Cal State Fullerton)
Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif., Arizona)
Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif., UCLA)

Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Alabama)
Kellie Wilkerson (Jacksonville, Fla., Mississippi State)

Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill., Michigan)*

Jessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich., Michigan)
Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich., Michigan)*

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 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit

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 gold 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

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