June 17, 1999

NORMAN, Okla. - USA Softball has announced that the University of Oklahomas Lisa Carey has been selected to the blue team of the 1999 Womens National Team. The sophomore shortstop, along with 14 other second-team players, will travel with the USA national team, also called the gold team, this summer. The gold team will be preparing to attempt to win its fourth consecutive gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, July 23-August 7.

Carey made the team after 60 elite players tried out at the 1999 Coca-Cola USA Softball Womens National Team Festival, June 10-13, in Fresno, Calif. After the festival in Fresno, five selections were added to the 10 players that were already on the USA National Gold Team roster. After those five players were added, 15 more players were chosen for the blue team.

The blue and gold USA teams will compete against each other in Bloomington, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio, at the 1999 USA Softball American Challenge in preparation for the 1999 Canada Cup. At the Canada Cup, the blue and gold teams will compete separately in two different brackets. Following the Canada Cup, the these two squads will compete against each other again on the American Challenge Series in Garland, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., in preparation of defense of their Pan American Games gold medal. The teams will be in Oklahoma City July 18-20 at Don Porter Hall of Fame Stadium.

"It was an outstanding experience trying out and competing against the best players in the world," Carey said. "I played well defensively and hit decently. I think playing against these great players will make me a better player in college. I am honored to be on the team and hope to do my best. I am excited to travel and compete with the team."

These 30 players will now have an automatic invitation to the 1999 USA Softball Olympic Trials, September 2-4, 1999, in Midland, Mich.