UCLA's Emily Zaplatosch Added to USA Softball Team Camp List

May 5, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that UCLA freshman Emily Zaplatosch is among nine additional players invited to attend the 2003 Women's National Team Selection camp. A total of 50 athletes will participate in the team camp, June 4-8, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. These players will compete for spots on two teams that will represent the USA Softball National Teams in international competition this summer. Former Bruin Kaci Clark (1995-96) was also among the nine additional players.

The nine additional players invited to the 2003 selection camp include; Kira Ching, San Lorenzo, CA; Autumn Champion, Tustin, CA; Kaci Clark, Brentwood, TN; Jodie Cox, Lancaster, CA; Andrea Hillsley, White Lake, MI; Shelly Prochaska, Aloha, OR; Dannielle Quinnnones, La Puente, CA; Christa Williams, Houston, TX; Emily Zaplatosch, Scottsdale, AZ.

Two teams will be selected following the team camp. The National team will represent the USA at the U.S Cup in Honolulu, HI, (June 19-22), the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada (July 4-13), and the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo (August 5-14).The USA Softball Elite Team will compete in the U.S. Cup as well as the Japan Cup in Yokohama, Japan (July 18-20).

When the U.S. Women's National Team travels to Santo Domingo, it looks to defend their 1999 championship gold medal and add its sixth gold medal to the Pan Am record books. In Pan American Competition, the women have tallied a 55-3 overall Pan Am record since their first title in 1979.

In 2002, the Women's team captured their fifth consecutive World Championship title qualifying them as the top seed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. 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 title in World Championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games is unchallenged, with a total of 14 gold medals.

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

As the National Governing Body of Softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting women's, men's, junior girls' and junior boys' National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. USA Softball is one of the only two women's sports to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996.

For a complete breakdown of the 50 training camp participants by state with their college listed click here

Four players from the initial list of athletes declined their invitation to the camp. Those players are Britni Sneed, Peaches James, Brandi Stuart and Courtney Scott.

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