Domestic Qualifying Competition this weekend begins road to 2011 Pan Am Games
USA Pentathlon will host the first of two domestic qualifying competitions this weekend in Colorado Springs. The second domestic qualifying event will be held in Palm Springs, Calif., on Jan. 9. The top 12 athletes of each gender from the two competitions will compete in the first World Cup event of 2011, held in Palm Springs on Feb. 24-27.
Results from the 2011 World Cup season will determine the U.S. squad that will compete at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October.
This weekend's event begins on Saturday, Dec. 18, with fencing competition at 8:00 a.m. at the Olympic Training Center gymnasium. That will be followed by the swimming portion of the pentathlon at 11:00 a.m. at the Olympic Training Center Natatorium.
The event concludes with the combined run/shoot and riding portions of the competition. Those events will be held starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the MM Equestrian Center in Fountain, Colo.
Three of the four members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for modern pentathlon will be competing this weekend including Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.), Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.).
List of competitors:
Brendan Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas)
Will Brady (Howell, Mich.)
Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.)
John Gibbons (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Aaron Lane (Denver, Colo.)
Wayne Miller (Colfax, Wash.)
Gary Moe (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.)
Lucas Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.)
Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.)
Andrew Tapia (Novato, Calif.)
Matthew Wyble (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Samantha Achterberg (Littleton, Colo.)
Emily Andrews (Absecon, N.J.)
Caitlin Flathers (Rixeyville, Va.)
Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Michelle Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Anna Olesinski (Roswell, N.M.)
Rosalie Purvis (Montgomery City, Mo.)
Ashley Ridge (San Diego, Calif.)
Suzanne Stettinius (Parkton, Md.)
McKenzie West (Sedalia, Colo.)