OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today its 15-person roster and three replacement players that will compete this August in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. These 15 athletes will look to defend three consecutive Olympic Gold Medals when they begin competition in China on August 12.
The 2008 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster includes ten 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists, 13 members of the 2006 World Championship team, and all were on the 2007 Pan American Gold Medal team.
The final roster for the 2008 Olympic Team must be submitted to the United States Olympic Committee for final approval by July 1, 2008.
Below are the 15 members of the 2008 USA Softball Olympic team roster:
Monica Abbott, Salinas, Calif. (University of Tennessee ‘07)
Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (Fresno State ’98)
Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, Calif. (Palm Beach C.C.)
Andrea Duran, Selma, Calif. (UCLA ’06)
Jennie Finch, La Mirada, Calif. (Arizona ’02)
Tairia Flowers, Tucson, Ariz. (UCLA ’04)
Vicky Galindo, Union City, Calif. (Cal ’05)
Lovieanne Jung, Fountain Valley, Calif. (Arizona ’03)
Kelly Kretschman, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. (Alabama ’01)
Lauren Lappin, Anaheim, Calif. (Stanford ’06)
Caitlin Lowe, Tustin, Calif. (Arizona ’07)
Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, Calif. (Stanford ’02)
Stacey Nuveman, La Verne, Calif. (UCLA ’02)
Cat Osterman, Houston, Tex. (Texas '07)
Natasha Watley, Irvine, CA. (UCLA ’05)
Below are the replacement players of the 2008 USA Softball Olympic team:
Lisa Fernandez, Long Beach, Calif. (UCLA ’95)
Alicia Hollowell, Suisun, Calif. (Arizona ’06)
Jenny Topping, Whittier, Calif. (Cal State Fullerton ‘03)
Coaches for the 2008 USA Softball Women's Olympic Team will be Head Coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, Ariz.) from the University of Arizona, Assistant Coach Chuck D’Arcy (Sacramento, Calif.), Assistant Coach Karen Johns (Starkville, Miss.) and Assistant Coach John Rittman (San Jose, Calif.) from Stanford University.
For more information, see the Full release at usasoftball.com