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Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Updated: September 10, 9:06 AM ET
Osterman's goal is to make U.S. National Team

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cat Osterman, who led the University of Texas to a third-place finish in last year's College Softball World Series, will skip the college season next year while trying to make the U.S. Olympic team.

She was named Monday as one of 18 members of the U.S. National Team. Of the 18, 15 will be nominated to represent the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The U.S. women's softball team won the 2000 Olympics.

Osterman went 32-6 with an 0.38 earned-run average last season as a sophomore and was named USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year.

"Now that it's official, I'm anxious to get out on the field and start getting ready for the Olympic Games, then return to Texas for my junior and senior seasons," she was quoted in Tuesday's editions of The Dallas Morning News.

UT coach Connie Clark said she's happy for Osterman.

"We won't have her for a year, but she'll gain incredible experience when she returns to UT next fall," Clark said.