OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The Amateur Softball Association announced today that fifty-two of the nation's finest women's fastpitch softball players have been selected to participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp. The team camp will be held at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, either January 2-6 or January 3-7, 2002, depending on the availablility of flights. USA Softball will select a core group of athletes to return to the 2002 National Team Camp in May and will also select a team to represent the USA at the 2002 South Pacific Classic in Perth, Australia.

The players invited to the September camp are a combination of 2000 Olympic gold medalists, the two USA Softball teams that were fielded in 2001 (USA Red and USA Blue) and other top players from across the country.

Players from the 2000 Olympic team that will be attending the camp are Laura Berg, Crystl Bustos, Sheila Douty, Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Lori Harrigan, Danielle Henderson, Teri Klement-Goldberg, Kelly Kretschman, Stacey Nuveman, Leah O'Brien-Amico, Michele Smith and Christa Williams.

Members of USA Red who have accepted invitations to the camp are Lindsey Collins, Lindsay Gardner, Michelle Gates, Nicole Giordano, Keira Goerl, Lovie Jung, Lizzy Lemire, Toni Mascarenas, Jessica Mendoza, Tairia Mims, Catherine Osterman, Trena Peel, Kirsten Voak and Natasha Watley.

Members of USA Blue that will be attending the camp are Toria Auelua, Lauren Bauer, Tia Bollinger, Jaime Clark, Courtney Dale, Kim DePaul, Jennie Finch, Missy Hixon, Nina Lindenberg, Keri McCallum, Jarrah Myers, Jennifer Sharron, Britni Sneed, Nichole Thompson, Jenny Topping and Kellie Wilkerson.

Rounding out the players invited to the camp are Alana Addison, Kellie Braitsch, Jocelyn Forest, Jaime Foutch, Amy Kyler, Courtney Scott, Mackenize Vandergeest and Nichole Victoria.

Coaches for the camp will be Mike Candrea (Arizona), Ken Eriksen (South Florida), Michelle Gromacki (Cal-State Fullerton), Jay Miller (Missouri), John Rittman (Stanford) and Kirk Walker (Oregon State).

The USA Softball Women's National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport's history during the 1996 Olympic Games and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The USA has won the past four consecutive World Championships, the past four consecutive Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals.

For complete coverage of the USA Softball Women's National Team, click hereclick here to visit the ASA/USA Softball web site.

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