LOGAN, Utah - Sarah Chow, a former Utah State softball player, has been named to the 2017 Canadian National Team, as announced by the organization Wednesday.
Chow, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, was one of 36 players to be invited to the selection camp in Ontario last weekend. After fitness tests and intrasquad scrimmages, 15 players were selected to the National Team roster, while another 16 were placed on the Women's Elite Team.
"I am so excited to be able to represent my country on the National Team. I am thrilled that softball is back in the Olympics, and this is one step closer to being on that podium," Chow said. "I just have to keep getting better every year to continue playing at this level and achieve those goals."
At Utah State, Chow was a four-year letterwinner, seeing time in 186 games. She finished her career with a .334 batting average (170-of-509), which ranks fifth in program history. She ranks in the top-10 on three career record lists, and four single-season records lists. Additionally, she holds the program and NCAA record for single-game triples with three. Chow earned second-team all-Mountain West honors as a junior in 2015, and academic all-conference accolades all four years of her career.
Not wasting any time, the Women’s National team will travel to Chicago, Ill., this weekend to play an exhibition series against the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) on June 30 and July 1. That will be followed by the US World Cup of Softball, held July 5-9, in Oklahoma City. The team will then compete at the Canada Cup, July 11-17, in Surrey, British Columbia, before returning to the United States to take on the Akron Racers on July 31 and August 1. The summer will continue at the WBSC Pan American Women’s Softball Championship, which is scheduled to take place August 4-13, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, while the Japan Cup is set for August 25-28.
Members of the National Team must tryout again each year. The team will represent Canada in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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