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    Alabama’s Traina to tryout for USA Softball National Team

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) will join the already released 19 athletes who have accepted an invitation to tryout for a spot on the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team during the team’s Selection Camp to be held in Ashland, Ohio, June 10-12. Announced in January, 12 athletes have already been named to the National Team roster. Twenty additional attendees will vie for the remaining spots on the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster which will be announced on Wednesday, June 13.

    The 17 athletes selected to the USA Softball roster will compete in six different events in the United States and Canada. The remaining athletes who are not selected to the Women’s National Team will make up the 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team and will face the National Team in exhibition play. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with two exhibition stops scheduled as well as the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada on June 23 and the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, June 27- July 2, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information on the Title IX Game and World Cup VII as well as the tour stops in Summersville, W. Va. and Ashland, Ohio, click here.

    Following the World Cup, the Women’s National Team is slated to compete July 4-9 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

    The 12 athletes who were named to the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team in January are Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal senior), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior)

    The 20 athletes who have accepted an invitation to try-out for the remaining spots on the Women’s National Team and the 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team are:

    Lexy Bennett (Kingwood, Texas/Texas senior)
    Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State senior)
    Elizabeth Caporuscio (Lake Arrowhead, Calif./Arizona State freshman)
    Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma freshman)
    Amanda Chidester  (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan senior)
    Dallas Escobedo  (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore)
    Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif./Loyola Marymount senior)
    Rebecca Gamby (Mount Victory, Ohio/Marshall senior)
    Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif./California junior)
    Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas junior)
    Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore)
    Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M junior)
    Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida sophomore)
    Christi Orgeron (New Orleans, La./Louisiana Lafayette senior)
    Ellen Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn./Tennessee sophomore)
    Janine Richardson (Auburndale, Fla./South Florida senior)
    Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./Tennessee sophomore)
    Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif./Oklahoma junior)
    Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla./Alabama sophomore)
    Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California junior)

    About ASA
    The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
     
    About USA Softball
    USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.