June 3, 2013
Former Golden Bear Valerie Arioto and 2013 Golden Bear grad Lindsey Ziegenhirt have accepted invitations to the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Monday. Arioto and Ziegenhirt are among 32 athletes invited to the June 10-12 camp in Oklahoma City to vie for one of 17 spots on the USA Softball Women’s National Team roster.
During the three-day selection process, athletes will participate in position drills along with simulated drills. The event is open to the public and will be streamed live on www.USASoftball.com.
The 17 athletes selected to the USA Softball squad will compete in three separate events spanning three countries, beginning with the World Cup of Softball VIII from July 11-14 in Oklahoma City. The Women’s National Team will also travel to the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Aug. 5-18.
Arioto has played for Team USA twice already, in 2011 and 2012, and was named 2012 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year. She guided her team to the gold medal at the 2011 and 2012 World Cup of Softball games in Oklahoma City and the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ziegenhirt also attended the 2012 camp but was not selected to the final roster.
The 2013 roster will be announced Friday, June 14.
The 32 athletes who have accepted an invitation to try out for the Women’s National Team are:
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California 2012)
B.B. Bates (Victorville, Calif./UCLA junior)
Cassidy Bell (Bakersfield, Calif./Penn State senior)
Megan Blank (Culver City, Calif./Iowa sophomore)
Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas/Baylor RS junior)
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee senior)
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan 2012)
Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla./Tulsa junior)
Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif./Loyola Marymount 2012)
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State sophomore)
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee senior)
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas senior)
Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo./Missouri senior)
Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Ore./Washington junior)
Stephany LaRosa (Diamond Bar, Calif./UCLA sophomore)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma junior)
Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif./Oregon senior)
Nicole Morgan (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas A&M junior)
Michele Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida 2012)
Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida junior)
Alexa Peterson (Salem, Ore./Oregon junior)
Janine Richardson (Auburndale, Fla./South Florida 2012)-
Lindsey Richardson (Estero, Fla./South Florida senior)
Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma senior)
Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla./Florida junior)
Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida junior)
Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011)
Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas/Texas junior)
Jordan Wallace (Weatherford, Texas/Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore)
Hallie Wilson (Santa Ana, Calif./Arizona sophomore)
Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California senior)