Svekis Named to Team USA
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oregon alum Gwen Svekis has been chosen as an alternate for the 2022 USA Softball Women's National Team (WNT) as announced by that organization on Friday following the WNT selection trials that concluded Thursday at Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla.
The USA WNT will compete at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., in July where the 2022 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Cup champion will be determined.
"We are so thrilled to have Gwen continuing the legacy of players from the University of Oregon competing at the highest level of our sport for Team USA, such as Janie Reed, Nikki Ragin and many others," said Oregon coach Melyssa Lombardi. "Gwen represents the up-and-coming generation of young players who will be part of Team USA for many years to come."
Svekis is the eighth Duck to earn a spot with Team USA since 2013.
"The trials were so fun and full of a lot of talent, especially young talent," said Svekis. "I am excited to be a part of such a talented squad. I can't wait to soak up any information I can to add to my game and I also can't wait to share any knowledge that I can with the younger athletes on the squad.
"Coach (Heather) Tarr was so empowering at the trials and I am excited to see how the National Team blossoms under her leadership."
Eighteen players were selected for the national team roster. Svekis was one of three alternates chosen. If she is called up, it would be Svekis' second appearance with Team USA. While at Oregon, she was rostered for the 2016 Women's Elite Team that participated in the World Cup of Softball.
The former Duck standout and the 2018 NFCA National Catcher of the Year completed her second season with Athletes Unlimited last September. 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 showing.
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.
The Davie, Fla., native 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.
After graduating from Oregon, Svekis was drafted by Chicago Bandits as the third overall pick in the 2018 NPF Draft.
Last month, Svekis inked a two-year contract with Athletes Unlimited and will also play in the inaugural AUX Softball Season beginning June 13.
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