Four Golden Bears to Participate at World Championship

July 27, 2006

When the ISF Women's World Championships get underway in Bejing, China, four representatives of the California softball program will be taking the field - former third baseman Vicky Galindo (USA), former left fielder Lindsay James (Greece), current infielder Chloe Kloezeman (Greece) and Cal head coach Diane Ninemire (Greece).

Ninemire, James and Kloezeman all participated on the Greek National team in the 2004 Olympics. Galindo joined Team USA following her senior season at Cal in 2005.

The World Championships, which serves as the major qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games, will run from Aug. 27-Sept. 5. The top five teams from the tournament will qualify for Beijing and will be seeded in the order they finish.

Ninemire completed her 19th season as the head coach of California in the spring of 2006. She is the most successful coach in Cal history - in any sport - with an all-time record of 855-398 (.682).

James concluded her collegiate career in the spring when Cal ended its season in the NCAA Super Regional round. James is the Cal record holder for career runs scored (163) and is third on Cal's career lists for hits (264) and batting average (.359).

Kloezeman joined the Bears before the 2005-06 school year after competing for Ole Miss her freshman year. Kloezeman saw action in 37 games, primarily as a pinch-hitter pinch-runner. She started Cal's final 14 games at shortstop.

Galindo, who recently helped lead the U.S. National Team to a gold medal in the World Cup, served as an undergraduate assistant for Cal during the 2006 season while completing her degree. She also competes for the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. Galindo was a three-year starter for the Bears who twice earned first team All-American honors.

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