Finch and Lowe Present President with Authentic Jersey
July 23, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Wildcats Jennie Finch and Caitlin Lowe were invited to the White House on behalf of the U.S. Softball Women's National Team on Monday. Finch and Lowe were joined by teammate Andrea Duran (UCLA) to join President George Bush, the First Lady and members of the White House Staff. The invitation was extended as an official send off from the President and First Lady to the United States Olympic Committee. These athletes will be representing the Red, White and Blue in Beijing, China.
'It was such an incredible experience,' said Finch. 'I was honored to be at the White House with all the other athletes and we were welcomed with open arms. The President was so nice and to think that I had the chance to eat dinner sitting right next to him was just crazy. He said was looking forward to coming to one of our games in China.'
The U.S. Softball Women's National Team will be led by Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea. Candrea, who has been the National Team's head coach since 2002, hopes to lead his team to its fourth gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games. Since becoming the National Team's head coach, Candrea has guided his team to numerous gold medals, including the in the Canada Cup, World Cup, Pan American Games, Japan Cup and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Finch, a native of La Mirada, Calif., enters her seventh year with the National Team. She played four seasons for the Wildcats from 1999-2002. Finch finished her career being a two-time Honda Award winner (top softball player), Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and 2002, a three-time NFCA First-Team All American selection, a three-time First-Team All Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region selection. In addition, she set the NCAA record for consecutive wins with 60, led Arizona to the NCAA Women's College World Series title in 2001 and in doing so capped off a 32-0 record, an NCAA record for wins in a season.
Lowe, a native of Tustin, Calif., enters her fourth year of being part of the National Team. She played four seasons for the Wildcats from 2004-2007. Lowe finished her career as a four-time NFCA All American selection, a two-time national champion (2006 &2007), 2007 Lowe's Player of the Year, the Pac-10 Player of the Year (2005), the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2007) and the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (2004). In all, she played four years in center field while never committing an error and holds the school record for stolen bases with 156.
Lovieanne Jung, a native of Fountain Valley, Calif., joins Finch and Lowe as another Wildcat on the National Team. She played two years for the Wildcats from 2002-2003. She enters her fifth year on the National Team. She finished her career at UA being a two-time First-Team NFCA All American selection, a two-time First-Team All Pacific Region, the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (2003) and a two-time First-Team All Pac-10 selection.
Alicia Hollowell, a native of Suisun, Calif., is an alternate for the National Team. She enters her fourth year of National Team experience. She played four years for the Wildcats from 2003-2006. Hollowell finished her career being a two-time First-Team All American selection, a four-time All Pac-10 selection, the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series (2006) and led her team to the National title in 2006 striking out 64 batters in the series.
Team USA opens play in the Beijing Olympics against Venezuela on Tuesday, August 12, at noon or 12 a.m. EST (China is ahead 12 hour).