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    Former Wildcat, Current Assistant Earn National Team Tryout

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Former Wildcat Carri Leto recently received her third bid to the USA Softball National Team camp.
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    Former Wildcat Carri Leto recently received her third bid to the USA Softball National Team camp.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Dec. 21, 2004

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Former Wildcat Carri Leto and current volunteer assistant coach Jaime Clark are among a list of 40 players selected to tryout for the 2005 U.S. National Team.

    The camp will be held from Jan. 3-7 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. From that camp, 18 players will be selected to represent the United States at the Pacific Rim Sports Summit June 5-12 in Seattle, Wash.

    A second selection camp will be held June 12-17 to choose the 2005 USA Softball National and Elite teams which will compete in the remainder of the year's international events.

    The invitation is the third for Leto, who started at second base for the Wildcats from 2001-04. She was unable to attend the camp the first two times due to injury.

    "After declining the invitation two times before, I was suprised to be invited again," Leto said while in Evanston for a week to train. "I am very excited about this opportunity and am training very hard to make the most of it."

    Leto was an All-Star during her first professional season for the World Series winning New York Juggernaut of the National Professional Fastpitch league. She hit .300 in the championship playoffs and scored two runs in the final game.

    She finished her Northwestern career ranked in the top seven all-time of 10 offensive categories.

    Clark, a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, was involved with USA Softball last season as an alternate for the Olympic Games in Athens. She was previously a member of the gold-medal winning USA squad at the 2003 Pan American games.

    This is her first season with the Northwestern program.