Svekis Invited to U.S. National Team Trials
EUGENE, Ore. – Gwen Svekis, a former Oregon standout and the 2018 NFCA National Catcher of the Year, has been invited to participate at the 2022 USA Softball Women's National Team (WNT) selection trials that will be held Jan. 1-6 at Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla.
Svekis will be vying for a spot on the 18-player roster for the 2022 USA Softball WNT that will compete at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., where the 2022 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Cup champion will be determined. The roster for the 2022 USA Softball WNT will be announced at the conclusion of the selection trials.
The Davie, Fla., native recently completed her second season with Athletes Unlimited. She batted .386 with four home runs and nine RBI to finish 10th in the overall individual standings. During her first AU season in 2020, Svekis tallied 11 RBIs, three home runs, and hit .268 for a fifth-place finish.
Svekis made her professional debut in 2018 with the National Pro Fastpitch's Chicago Bandits. In 2019, she was an All-NPF selection and was in the top five for home runs in the season.
In addition to winning national catcher of the year honors for the Ducks, Svekis was an NFCA all-American in 2018. During her senior season of 2018, she batted .324 with 57 hits, 17 home runs, 60 RBI and 42 runs.
Svekis was a first- team all-Pac-12 selection in 2018, a third team pick in 2017 and an honorable mention recipient in 2015. She was also a 2015 Pac-12 all-freshman pick.
Svekis earned NFCA all-region first team recognition in 2018, third-team honors in 2017 and was a second-team pick in 2016.
The 2018 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Award winner played on three of Oregon's Pac-12 championship teams – 2015, 2016 and 2018. She was also a Women's College World Series participant with the Ducks in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Following her time at Oregon, Svekis was drafted by Chicago Bandits as the third overall pick in the 2018 NPF Draft. In addition, Svekis was a member of Team USA's 2016 Women's Elite Team and participated in the World Cup of Softball.