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U.S. National Teams Announced

Six members of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team are among the 17 players selected to the U.S. National Team, which will compete in the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship July 26-August 4 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, it was announced by USA Softball.

An additional 17 players were chosen for the USA Softball Elite Team, which will compete against the National Team in scrimmages and exhibitions. Both teams will compete in the Canada Cup July 12-21 in Surrey, British Columbia. The two teams were selected from among 57 players who participated in a tryout camp May 30-June 2 in Chula Vista, Calif.

The National Team will be coached by Mike Candrea, who was announced last week (May 28) as the head coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team. He will be assisted at the World Championship by Ken Eriksen and John Rittman.

Jay Miller will serve as head coach of the Elite Team, while Michelle Gromacki and Kirk Walker will serve as assistants.

The six Olympians named to the U.S. National Team are Leah O'Brien-Amico, Laura Berg, Lisa Fernandez, Lori Harrigan, Stacey Nuveman and Michele Smith.

The U.S. is aiming for its fifth consecutive world championship. The top five finishers qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Below are the rosters for the U.S. National Team and USA Softball Elite Team:

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Name Hometown School
Leah O'Brien-Amico Chino Hills, Calif. Arizona
Laura Berg Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Fresno State
Lisa Fernandez Long Beach, Calif. UCLA
Jennie Finch La Mirada, Calif. Arizona
Amanda Freed Cypress, Calif. UCLA
Nicole Giordano Saugus, Calif. Arizona
Keira Goerl Moreno Valley, Calif. UCLA
Lori Harrigan Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV
Lovie Jung Fountain Valley, Calif. Arizona
Lyndsey Klein Roseville, Calif. UCLA
Nina Lindenberg Anaheim Hills, Calif. Fresno State
Jessica Mendoza Camarillo, Calif. Stanford
Tairia Mims Tucson, Ariz. UCLA
Stacey Nuveman La Verne, Calif. UCLA
Michele Smith Califon, N.J. Oklahoma State
Jenny Topping Whittier, Calif. Cal State Fullerton
Natasha Watley Irvine, Calif. UCLA
Head Coach: Mike Candrea
Assistant Coaches: Ken Eriksen, John Rittman

USA SOFTBALL ELITE TEAM

Name Hometown School
Alana Addison Gonzales, La. Louisiana-Lafayette
Sarah Beeson Tucson, Ariz. Stanford
Crystl Bustos Canyon Country, Calif. Palm Beach CC
Selena Collins Glendale, Ariz. Texas A&M
Courtney Dale Fresno, Calif. UCLA
Lindsay Gardner Katy, Texas Texas
Missy Hixon Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona State
Kelly Kretschman Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Alabama
Gina Oaks Alta Loma, Calif. Cal State Fullerton
Cat Osterman Houston, Texas Texas
Trena Peel Aurora, Colo. LSU
Kristen Rivera Perris, Calif. Washington
Britni Sneed Houston, Texas LSU
Jamie Southern Clovis, Calif. Fresno State
Nichole Thompson Irvine, Calif. Arizona State
Mackenzie Vandergeest Newbury Park, Calif. Arizona
Kellie Wilkerson Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State
Head Coach: Jay Miller
Assistant Coaches: Michelle Gromacki, Kirk Walker

Go to USA Softball for additional information.