Stanford's Plaza earns gold medal with USA softball squad


Stanford's Jessica Plaza is the proud owner of a gold medal today after the USA Women's National team posted a 5-2 victory over Canada at the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine on Sunday.

USA reclaimed the World Cup of Softball gold by capitalizing on a three-run fifth inning. The U.S. had eight hits while winning its seventh World Cup of Softball title.

Stanford's Jessica Plaza. Photo by USA Softball.
Next for Team USA is the Canadian Open Fast Pitch Invitational in Surrey, B.C., which begins Tuesday and concludes July 21.

The Americans then will get short break before reuniting in Waldorf, Md. for an exhibition series, after which they will head to Azzano, Italy for Italian Softball Week.

All of these events are in preparation for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championships, which is August 12-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands.


Stanford's Christine Cavallo, Daphne Martschenko and Kaess Smit have been named by the United States Rowing Association's 59-member 2014 Under 23 National Team that will compete at the upcoming 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships from July 23-27, in Varese, Italy.

Cavallo will compete in lightweight women's quadruple sculls, Martschenko is in women's quadruple sculls and Smit is in the men's eight.

Incoming freshman Devin Norder also will be on the USA roster. She automatically qualified for the team by winning the lightweight women's double skulls at the USA Under-23 World Championship trials in West Windsor, N.J. Norder will be the second Cardinal signee in two years to make the U-23 team. Ruth Narode won gold with the women's eight last year in Linz, Austria.


Incoming Stanford freshman Simone Manuel won the women's 100-meter freestyle in 55.36 at the Texas Senior Circuit in Austin on Sunday.

In the women's 200 IM, Manuel finished third in 2:19.29.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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