June 5, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Former U-M standout and current student assistant Amanda Chidester (2009-12) is one of the 32 players invited to the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp as announced by the Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball this week (June 3). Chidester is looking to secure her spot on the roster of 17 players for competition this summer.
The selection camp runs from June 10-12 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. Participants will run through a series of drills and take part in simulated games during the three days.
A roster of 17 women will compete in three separate events this fall in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Team USA will first look to defend its title at the World Cup of Softball VIIII from July 11-14 in Oklahoma City. The next competition will take place July 16-22 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia. Finally the team will play at an International Softball Federation Women's World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Aug. 5-18.
Chidester played for Team USA in 2012 when the squad won the World Cup of Softball and was the silver medalist at the International Softball Federation World Championships. Chidester saw action in 21 Team USA games last year and batted .325 (13-for-40) with six home runs and 17 runs batted in.
"It's an honor to be invited back," said Chidester. "It will be great to be back on the field after this season with Michigan as student assistant. I've really been looking forward to competing myself, and what a better way to be back out playing than to wear USA across your chest? My experience last year was spectacular. To play with the best of the best was inspiring. They love softball and put so much into it to compete at the highest level. To be a part of that caliber of play was fantastic."
While at Michigan, Chidester earned NFCA All-America honors twice (2009, 2011) and was also the Big Ten Player of the Year twice (2011, 2012). She has the second most RBI of any Wolverine (200) and ranks fifth in career slugging (.596) and sixth in career home runs (40). During her career she has split time at first base, third base and catcher.
Chidester will be tweeting throughout the camp from her handle @chiddy3.
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)
Michelle 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)
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423