Three Huskies Get USA Softball Invites

April 21, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY-- Washington senior Aimee Minor and former Washington All-Americans Jaime Clark and Jenny Topping are among a list of athletes hand-picked by USA Softball to attend the upcoming selection camps for the 2006 USA Softball Women's National Team and 2006 World University Games Team.

Minor is among a list of 27 women invited to the World University Team selection camp, which runs June 9-11 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Clark and Topping are among a list of 30 athletes chosen to tryout for the USA Softball Women's National Team, June 13-17 at the Olympic Training Center.

Minor made her first appearance at the USA Softball training camp last summer but failed to make the 18-member National Team roster. Minor, who missed much of the early part of the 2006 season with a back injury, has reclaimed her starting position in centerfield and is hitting .310 (13-for-42) with two doubles, two singles and six RBIs. She has a .500 slugging percentage, .474 on-base percentage and 1.000 fielding percentage over 21 games.

Minor ranks sixth on the UW career list with 27 home runs, while her 32 career doubles rank 10th. She also boasts the eighth-best slugging percentage in Husky history (.522) and is one RBI away from the UW top-10 list (104).

Clark has been a member of the USA Softball National Team since 2003 and was an alternate on the 2004 squad that won gold at the Olympic Games in Athens. She is currently working as an assistant coach at Northwestern and plays in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) for the Chicago Bandits.

Clark was a four-year letterwinner at Washington from 2000-02 and a three-time All-American. She holds the school career records for runs (223) and runs batted in (243) and ranks second in hits (292), doubles (58), triples (13) and home runs (73).

Topping has been a member of the USA National Team since 2003 and won a gold medal with the 2004 USA Olympic team. She is currently playing for the Akron Racers in the NPF.

Topping played one season at Washington before transferring to Cal State Fullerton. As a freshman in 2000, Topping earned All-America honors after leading the country in home runs (24), runs batted in (90) and slugging percentage (.960).

Topping continues to hold the school's single-season records for RBIs and slugging percentage, and game records for doubles (three) and walks (four).

The 2006 Women's National Team will represent the United States at three events this year including the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla., the only National Team event held on American soil.

The USA Softball Women's National Team will compete at the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (July 13-17), the ISF Women's World Championships in Beijing, China (August 21- September 7) and the Japan Cup in Yokohama, Japan (November 13-20).

During the ISF Women's World Championships in Beijing, the U.S. will be seeking its sixth consecutive World Championship gold medal. In addition to the opportunity to be crowned world champion, the ability to secure a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games will be on the line. The top four finishers at the World Championship will qualify for the Olympic Softball competition taking place almost exactly two years later (August 2008).

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