Galindo Named to National Team, Arioto Selected as Alternate

Jan. 11, 2010

BERKELEY - Vicky Galindo, a four-year letterwinner for the California softball team, accepted a spot on the U.S. national team and current junior standout Valerie Arioto was named an alternate, the Amateur Softball Association announced Monday. Arioto and Galindo attended the 2010 softball women's national team selection camp, which was held in Chula Vista, Calif., from Jan. 4-8.

Galindo was one of 17 athletes who were offered a USA Softball Athlete Agreement for the 2010 season. The final roster for the 2010 USA softball women's national team will be announced in March. The squad will be competing in the ISF Women's World Championships, held June 23-July 2 in Caracas, Venezuela as well as other events to be scheduled at a later date.

'It's an honor to be chosen as an alternate,' Arioto said. 'Hopefully next year I can earn a spot on the team. I've learned so much from playing with these women and from the coaching staff. It's been a great experience!'

The schedule of events for the 2010 season will be announced at a later date at www.usasoftball.com.

As a sophomore in 2009, Arioto, was a first-team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Pacific Region selection and earned third-team NFCA All-American and second-team Easton All-American honors. Arioto, who pulls double duty as a pitcher and first baseman for the Bears, was the second-leading hitter on the team, posting a .325 average with a .425 on-base percentage.

Prior to her recent involvement with the national team, the Pleasanton, Calif., native was part of the USA Softball squad that earned the gold medal at the Japan Cup in Sendai City over the summer. Arioto hit a solo home run against Chinese Taipei, and had an RBI in the first meeting against Japan, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the first run of the game.

Galindo played for Cal from 2003-05 and was a two-time All-American, a three-time all-region selection and a three-time all-conference selection. Galindo scored 141 runs at Cal - fourth-most in program history.

Since softball's inception as an Olympic sport in 1996, a Golden Bear player or coach has participated in each Olympiad. Michele Granger (USA), Gillian Boxx (USA) and Lisa Martinez (Puerto Rico) appeared in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. In addition, former Cal assistant coach Kim Maher, a standout at Fresno State, played for the United States as well that summer. In the 2000 Olympiad, Nicole DiSalvio was the pitcher for Team Italy. In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, head coach Diane Ninemire, along with Lindsay James and Chloe Kloezeman, suited up for the inaugural Greek national team, while DiSalvio returned for a second stint with Italian national team. Galindo was part of the U.S. delegation that took silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Cal players have also competed for various national teams during non-Olympic years.

Athletes offered a USA Softball athlete agreement for 2010:
Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.)
Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, Tenn.)
Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif.)
Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.)
Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.)
Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif.)
Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.)
Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.)
Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.)
Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.)
Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.)
Cat Osterman (Houston,Texas)
Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.)
Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.)

Alternates chosen from the selection camp for the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team:
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Brandice Balschmiter (Newark, N.Y.)
Courtney Bures (Haymarket, Va.)
Molly Johnson (Lexington, Ken.)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Jenae Leles (Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Amber Patton (Forsyth, Ill.)
Brittany Rogers (Dacula, Ga.)
Melissa Roth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Taylor Schlopy (West Hills, Calif.)
Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.)

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