April 22, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Current Cal seniors Kristina Thorson and Haley Woods and former Cal star Vicky Galindo have been invited to the upcoming selection camps for the 2006 USA Softball Women's National Team and the 2006 World University Games team. Thorson, a pitcher, and Woods, a catcher, are on the 27-player try-out list for the World University Team. Galindo is one of 30 players who will try out for the national team.
Galindo, who completed her collegiate career in 2005, was a three-year starter for the Bears and a two-time first-team All-American. Last summer, Galindo helped the national team advance to the finals of the World Cup of Softball.
Woods and Thorson have both put up impressive numbers this season and were named finalists for national Player of the Year earlier this season.
The World University Games camp will be held June 9-11 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be followed by the Women's National Team camp June 13-17. The USA Softball Women's National Team will compete at the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (July 13-17), the ISF Women's World Championships in Beijing, China (Aug. 21- Sept. 7) and the Japan Cup in Yokohama, Japan (Nov. 13-20).
During the ISF Women's World Championships in Beijing, the U.S. will be seeking its sixth consecutive World Championship gold medal. In addition to the opportunity to be crowned world champion, the ability to secure a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games will be on the line. The top four finishers at the World Championship will qualify for the Olympic Softball competition taking place in August 2008.
The invitees for the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp are listed below: Name Hometown School *Monica Abbott Salinas, Calif. Tennessee ^^^Laura Berg Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Fresno State ^^Crystl Bustos Canyon County, Calif. West Palm Beach C.C. Lisa Carey Topeka, Kan. Oklahoma Jaime Clark Tustin, Calif. Washington Jodie Cox Lancaster, Calif. Cal State-Fullerton *Andrea Duran Selma, Calif. UCLA ^^^Lisa Fernandez Long Beach, Calif. UCLA ^Jennie Finch La Mirada, Calif. Arizona ^Tairia Flowers Tucson, Ariz. UCLA ^Amanda Freed Cypress, Calif. UCLA Vicky Galindo Union City, Calif. California *Alicia Hollowell Suisun, Calif. Arizona ^Lovie Jung Fountain Valley, Calif. Arizona ^Kelly Kretschman Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Alabama *Lauren Lappin Anaheim, Calif. Arizona *Caitlin Lowe Tustin, Calif. Arizona Toni Mascarenas Garden Grove, Calif. Arizona Iyhia McMichael Nacogdoches, Texas Mississippi State ^Jessica Mendoza Camarillo, Calif. Stanford Jessica Merchant Wayland, Mich. Michigan ^^Stacey Nuveman La Verne, Calif. UCLA *^Cat Osterman Houston, Texas Texas *Jennie Ritter Dexter, Mich. Michigan Jamie Southern Clovis, Calif. Fresno State ^Jenny Topping Whittier, Calif. Cal State-Fullerton Mackenzie Vandergeest Thousand Oaks, Calif. Arizona ^Natasha Watley Irvine, Calif. UCLA Kellie Wilkerson Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State Kristen Zaleski Temple, Texas Texas State *Currently in college - ^ Olympic Games
Invitees for World University Team Selection Camp: Name Hometown School Caitlin Benyi Scottsdale, Ariz. UCLA Tina Boutelle Katy, Texas Texas Katie Burkhart San Luis Obispo, Calif. Arizona State Kaitlin Cochran Yorba Linda, Calif. Arizona State Maddy Coon Chappaqua, NY Stanford Garland Cooper Mission Viejo, Calif. Northwestern Mindy Cowles Riverside, Calif. Arizona State Lisa Dodd San Diego, Calif. UCLA Norrelle Dickson Orange, Calif. Oklahoma Sarah Fekete Maryville, Tenn. Tennessee Samantha Findlay Lockport, Ill. Michigan Kristie Fox San Diego, Calif. Arizona Tiffany Haas North Tustin, Calif. Michigan Vanessa Iapala San Diego, Calif. Oregon State Jodie Legaspi Garden Grove, Calif. UCLA Brianne McGowan Reno, Nev. Oregon State Aimee Minor San Jacinto, Calif. Washington Catalina Morris Sonoita, Ariz. Stanford Jackie Rinehart Reno, Nev. Stanford Lindsay Schutzler Monterey, Calif. Tennessee Anjelica Selden Vacaville, Calif. UCLA Kristin Thorson Lake Forest Park, Wash. California Stephanie VanBrakle Chambersburg, Penn. Alabama Kristen Vesley Phoenix, Ariz. Oklahoma Desiree Williams Tucson, Ariz. Texas Haley Woods Burlingame, Calif. California Emily Zaplatosch Scottsdale, Ariz. UCLA