Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2001

Myers savoring experience with U.S. softball team

June 28, 2001


Myers, a senior-to-be at Notre Dame, is spending the summer as the catcher on the United States National Softball Blue Team. She's already joined the U.S. squad for an exhibition tour on the West Coast and will leave Thursday for the 2001 Canada Cup in Vancouver for the start of international competition.

"I was really surprised and honored to be selected," Myers said from her parents' home in Carbondale. "It's been a great experience. We're rotating in three catchers and each of us gets a chance to play."

Myers, who starred in volleyball, basketball and softball at SFT before graduating in 1998, led the Irish in batting average (.380), home runs (seven) and RBIs (41) during the spring. Notre Dame finished 54-7 overall and 20-0 in the Big East before falling in the regional final, a game short of reaching the College World Series.

"The last two years we've come so close to the World Series," said Myers, a National Fastpitch Coaches Assn. All-American pick her junior year. "We have the talent. We just haven't been able to do it."

Since being named the Gatorade Circle of Champions softball player of the year in Kansas in '98, Myers has started all 184 games at Notre Dame. She started at third base her freshman year before moving to her natural position at catcher her sophomore year.

Myers recently was selected to the Verizon Academic All-America First Team with a 3.67 grade-point average in earth science. After graduating next May, Myers plays to get a doctorate in forensics.

"I'll have to be responsible in a year or two," Myers said. "I'd like to eventually work in crime scene investigation with the FBI."

Before then, Myers will savor her last full year with softball. After the trip to Canada, the U.S. team will head to the Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, on July 29-Aug. 5.

In September, she will try out for the U.S. Olympic Team. The 2004 Games will be in Athens, Greece.

"Ever since I was little kid I wanted to play in the Olympics," Myers said. "It'd be special to represent the United States in Greece."

-- Sports writer Steve Rottinghaus can be reached at 832-7152.

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