Three Cal Players Invited to USA Softball Selection Camps
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/22/2006

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