FORMER HOOSIER NAMED TO THE 2000 OLYMPIC TEAM
Sept. 17, 1999 FORMER HOOSIER NAMED TO THE 2000 OLYMPIC TEAM
Michelle Venturella, a former Hoosier, was named to the USA Olympic Softball Team which will compete in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In 1996, Venturella was named an alternate on the Olympic Softball Team that became the first gold-medal squad in the history of the Games. The team hopes to retain their title as they compete in Sydney next September.
The Olympic Team will come together in January 2000 and will meet one week a month from January through March in San Diego to train together. The team will participate in a pre-Olympic tournament in April and then will travel to the College World Series in May. Soon after, the team will spend six weeks on the East coast and then six weeks on the West coast before taking off to Hawaii for further training. They will leave for Sydney from Hawaii to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games in September.
While at Indiana, Venturella broke 10 Indiana records and two Big Ten
records as a catcher. She also ranks in the top 10 in two NCAA categories.
In 1994, she was named Big Ten Player of the Year upon leading the Hoosiers
to a conference title and the finals of the NCAA Mideast Region Tournament.
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