Former Cal Star Galindo Named to 2006 National Team

June 19, 2006

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Former Cal standout and two-time All-American Vicky Galindo has been selected to play on the 2006 Women's National Team, USA Softball announced Monday.

Galindo, who served as an undergraduate assistant for Cal during the 2006 season while completing her degree, helped the USA national team advance to the title game of the World Cup of Softball last summer. She also competes for the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch softball league.

The national team will attempt to win an unprecedented sixth consecutive gold medal at the ISF Women's World Championship in Beijing, China (Aug. 27-Sept. 5). The 2006 ISF Women's World Championship serves as the major qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The top five teams from the World Championship will qualify for Beijing and will be seeded in the order they finish.

The USA has been the top seed in the past three Olympics and looks to secure its fourth top seed during the upcoming World Championship.

2006 National Team PlayersMonica Abbott, Salinas, Calif.Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, Calif.Andrea Duran, Selma, Calif.Jennie Finch, La Mirada, Calif.Tairia Flowers, Tucson, Ariz.Amanda Freed, Cypress, Calif.Vicky Galindo, Union City, Calif.Alicia Hollowell, Suisun, Calif.Lovie Jung, Fountain Valley, Calif.Caitlin Lowe, Tustin, Calif.Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, Calif.Stacey Nuveman, La Verne, Calif.Cat Osterman, Houston, TexasJamie Southern, Clovis, Calif.Jenny Topping, Whittier, Calif.Natasha Watley, Irvine, Calif.

2006 National Team CoachesHead Coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, Ariz.) -- University of Arizona Assistant Coach Chuck DArcy (Sacramento, Calif.)Assistant Coach Karen Johns (Charlottesville, Va.) -- University of Virginia Assistant Coach John Rittman, (Stanford, Calif.) -- Stanford University.

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