Eight Softball Bruins Invited to U.S. Olympic Trials

Aug. 25, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - USA Softball announced today the list of 46-players, including eight current or former Bruins, invited to participate in 2003 Olympic Trials, September 2-7, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. These players will be competing for spots on the USA Softball Women's National Team that will participate in the 2004 Olympics. An initial list of 18-players will be announced on Monday, September 8th. Since the official Olympic roster consists of only 15-players, three of the 18 players selected will be named as alternates at a later date.

Automatic invitations were given to players who participated on USA Softball National Teams in 2003. Of the 46 players invited to the Trials only six participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Players invited from the 2003 USA Softball Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the U.S. Cup and the Pan Am Games are Leah O'Brien-Amico, Chino Hills, CA; Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs, CA; Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, CA; Jaime Clark, Tustin, CA; Lisa Fernandez, Long Beach, CA; Jennie Finch, La Mirada, CA; Amanda Freed, Cypress, CA; Nicole Giordano, Saugus, CA; Keira Goerl, Moreno Valley, CA; Lori Harrigan, Las Vegas, NV; Lovieanne Jung, Fountain Valley, CA; Nina Lindenberg, Anaheim Hills, CA; Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, CA; Tairia Mims, Tucson, AZ; Stacey Nuveman, La Verne, CA; Cat Osterman, Houston, TX; Jenny Topping, Whittier, CA and Natasha Watley, Irvine, CA.

Players vying for spots from the USA Softball Elite National Team that captured gold at the 2003 Canada Cup are Selena Collins, Glendale, AZ; Jodie Cox, Lancaster, CA; Courtney Dale, Fresno, CA; Teri Goldberg, Ft. Collins, CO; Alicia Hollowell, Suisun City, CA; Lyndsey Klein, Roseville, CA; Kelly Kretschman, Melbourne, FL; Lauren Lappin, Anaheim, CA; Toni Mascarenas, Garden Grove, CA; Iyhia McMichael, Nacogdoches, TX; Gina Oaks, Alta Loma, CA; Jamie Southern, Clovis, CA; Nichole Thompson, Irvine, CA; Mackenzie Vandergeest, Newbury Park, CA and Kellie Wilkerson, Jacksonville, FL.

Thirteen additional players earned invitations to the 2003 USA Softball Olympic Trials. For a complete list, please see www.usasoftball.com

The following players were invited to the Trials but declined their invitations: Lindsay Gardner, Katy, TX; Lyndsey Collins, Carrie Leto, El Cajon, CA; and Trena Peel, Aurora, CO.

When the U.S. Women's National Team travels to Athens, Greecein 2004, it looks to defend its 1996 and 2000 Olympic gold medal and add its third consecutive gold medal to the Olympic record books. In Olympic Competition, the women have tallied a 15-4 overall record since their first title in 1996.

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. 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 15 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 five Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, the Women's team has been the undisputed No. 1 team in the world for the past 17 consecutive years.

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.

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