June 23, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Former University of Michigan softball All-American Amanda Chidester earned a spot on the USA Softball Women's National Team, as announced by USA Softball Sunday (June 22) following a selection camp and series of exhibition games. This marks the third consecutive year that Chidester will compete for Team USA.
Seventeen women in all were chosen for Team USA out of a pool of 24 athletes.
"Stepping on the field with some of the best players in the country to represent the United States is an honor every time," said Chidester. "I loved every second of the past two weeks and can't wait to start our quest for the gold. The selection camp was definitely tough -- any one of the 24 who tried out could have made the team.
"Basically I am living my dream. It's always hard to describe the experience I have had the last three years playing for Team USA. I am so fortunate to still be able to play softball after college, and to do that by wearing 'USA' across my chest, I wouldn't want it any other way."
Chidester, who played multiple positions during her four outstanding seasons at U-M, has primarily played catcher during the selection camp.
"This group of 24 athletes that tried out is one of the rarest groups I've been around in a long time," said USA Softball Head Coach Ken Eriksen on TeamUSA.org. "Their college coaches, parents and teammates need to understand the greatness that is within each and every one of them. As always, it's a very tough decision to narrow the group to 17 but I'm very excited about the potential this team has."
In two previous summers playing for Team USA, Chidester was part of the championship team that claimed the 2012 World Cup of Softball, and the runner-up squad for the 2013 World Cup of Softball.
Chidester had a distinguished career at Michigan (2009-12), earning All-America status twice in her career -- as a freshman in 2009 (third team) and as a junior in 2011 (first team). The slugger was named the Big Ten Player of the Year twice (2011-12), and was a three-time All-Big Ten first-team performer (2009, 11-12). She was honored as Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient following her senior campaign.
The chief competition for Team USA this summer is the International Softball Federation Women's World Championships held Aug. 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Prior to that tournament, the national team will play in three tournaments: the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX July 7-13 in Irvine, Calif.; the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International July 15-21 in Surrey, British Columbia; and Italian Softball Week Aug. 6-10 in Azzano, Italy.
Follow Chidester this summer through social media: @chiddy3 on Twitter and Instagram.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski