ASA Announces Athletes For 2001 USA Softball Women's National Team Camp

April 11, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY, Calif. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today that 51 of the nation's finest women's fast pitch softball players have been selected to participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, May 30-June 3 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Stanford had three players selected to participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp: sophomore Dana Sorensen and juniors Sarah Beeson and Jessica Mendoza. USA Softball will select two 16-player teams to represent the U.S. in international competitions such as the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, the Canada Cup in Vancouver and the Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela during the 2001 season.

The players invited are a who's who of women's fast pitch softball, including NCAA Champions, World Champions and a total of 54 NCAA All-America selections. A total of 10 states from Alabama to California and 15 NCAA Division I colleges will be represented at the 2001 USA Softball Women's National Team Camp. Additional players could be added if any of these players are unable to attend the camp.

Selections for the 2001 USA Softball Women's National Teams will be made following the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp. The two teams will then participate in the USA Softball Shootout, a four-city West Coast tour that will stop in Portland (June 8), Spokane (June 10), Sacramento (June 14) and Los Angeles (June 17) prior to leaving for the U.S. Cup in Hawaii.

USA Softball Women's National Teams have been among the most dominating of any sports team in history. The USA's ability to bring home the gold in World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Olympics is unchallenged, with a total of 13.

The USA Softball Women's National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport's history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The USA Softball Women's National Team, which has won the past four consecutive World Championships, the past four consecutive Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.

For complete coverage of the USA Softball Women's National Team visit our web site.. Complete bios will be posted in the next few weeks.

Breakdown of players by college:

University of Alabama (1)Ginger Jones

University of Arizona (9)Jennie FinchBecky LemkeLindsey CollinsLovieanne JungToni MascarenasLauren BauerNicole GiordanoNancy EvansAmy Chellevold

Arizona State (4)Kirsten VoakMissy HixonKara BrunNichole Thompson

University of California (2)Jocelyn ForestVeronica Nelson

UCLA (8)Amanda FreedKeira GoerlCourtney DaleStacey NuvemanTairia MimsJulie AdamsNatasha WatleyToria Auelua

Cal State Fullerton (2)Jenny ToppingStephenie Little

Cypress Springs High School (1)Catherine Osterman

Fresno State (3)Amanda ScottNina LindenbergBecky Witt

University of Georgia (1)Nicole Barber

Louisiana State (LSU) (2)Britni SneedTrena Peel

Mississippi State (3)Keri McCallumMichelle GatesKellie Wilkerson

University of Nebraska (2)Amber BurgessJennifer Lizama

Notre Dame (4)Jennifer SharronAndrea LomanMelanie AlkireLizzy Lemire

University of Oklahoma (3)Ashli BarrettLisa CareyKelli Braitsch

Stanford University (3)Dana SorensenSarah BeesonJessica Mendoza

University of Washington (3)Kim DePaulJamie ClarkKelly Hauxhurst

--Courtesy of ASA/USA Softball

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