Three Washington Softball Players Invited To USA Softball National Team Camp

April 2, 2002

SEATTLE - Three Washington softball players, current junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and former standouts Kim DePaul (1997-2000) and Sara Pickering (1994-1997), are among 20 athletes invited to participate in the USA Softball team camp, May 30-June 3, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The 20 will join 22 other players who were selected in January to compete for spots on teams that will represent the U.S. in international competition this summer. An additional 10 to 18 players will also be added to the camp during the first week of May.

Clark, a two-All-American, and DePaul, a four-time all-Pac-10 honoree, were both members of the USA Blue national team last summer, which earned a gold medal at the Pan Am Games Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela.

Pickering, meanwhile, is currently in her fourth year as an assistant coach at Stanford. A two-time first team All-American, Pickering is the NCAA career leader in doubles and recently survived a bout with Hodgkin's Disease.

Two teams will be selected following the team camp in June. One will represent the USA at the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, HI, (July 4-7), the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada (July 16-21) and the ISF Women's World Championship in Saskatoon, Canada (July 25-August 4).

The second team selected will be called the USA Softball Elite Team, and it will help prepare the World Championship team for international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. The Elite Team will also compete in the Canada Cup.

Below is a listing of the 42 players who have been invited to the team camp so far (current college players denoted by asterisk):

Player                Hometown                 CollegeAlana Addison         Gonzales, LA             Louisiana-Lafayette*Leah O'Brien-Amico    Chino, CA                ArizonaToria Auelua          Garden Grove, CA         UCLA*Lauren Bauer          Santa Ana, CA            ArizonaSarah Beeson          Tucson, AZ               Stanford*Patti Benedict        Lamont, FL               MichiganLaura Berg            Santa Fe Springs, CA     Fresno StateCrystl Bustos         Canyon Country, CA       Palm Beach CCJaime Clark           Tustin, CA               Washington*Courtney Dale         Fresno, CA               UCLAKim DePaul            Houston, TX              WashingtonSheila Douty          Diamond Bar, CA          UCLALisa Fernandez        Long Beach, CA           UCLAJennie Finch          LaMirada, CA             Arizona*Jaime Foutch          Edmond, OK               Oklahoma StateAmanda Freed          Cypress, CA              UCLA*Nicole Giordano       Saugus, CA               ArizonaTeri Klement-Goldberg Colorado Springs, CO     Colorado StateLori Harrigan         Las Vegas, NV            UNLVDanielle Henderson    Commack, NY              MassachusettsMissy Hixon           Scottsdale, AZ           Arizona State*Lyndsey Klein         Roseville, CA            UCLAKelly Kretschman      Indian Harbour Beach, FL AlabamaNina Lindenberg       Anaheim Hills, CA        Fresno StateToni Mascarenas       Garden Grove, CA         ArizonaJessica Mendoza       Camarillo, CA            Stanford*Tairia Mims           Tucson, AZ               UCLA*Jarrah Myers          Carbondale, KS           Notre Dame*Stacey Nuveman        LaVerne, CA              UCLA*Gina Oaks             Alta Loma, CA            Cal State Fullerton*Catherine Osterman    Houston, TX              Texas*Trena Peel            Aurora, CO               LSU*Sara Pickering        Corona, CA               WashingtonCourtney Scott        Clovis, CA               California*Michele Smith         Califon, NJ              Oklahoma StateBritni Sneed          Houston, TX              LSU*Nichole Thompson      Irvine, CA               Arizona State*Jenny Topping         Whittier, CA             Cal State Fullerton*Mackenzie Vandergeest Newbury Park, CA         Arizona*Natasha Watley        Irvine, CA               UCLA*Kellie Wilkerson      Jacksonville, FL         Mississippi State*Christa Williams      Houston, TX              Texas

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