Nearly 700 Athletes Scheduled to Compete at USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships

July 21, 2009, 8:04 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Nearly 700 junior athletes, ages 6-19-years-old are expected to compete at the USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort from July 24-26 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 

Athletes from throughout the United States, including players from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii, will be competing in eight age divisions with more than 100 athletes expected to fight in the IJF-Junior (under-20) division to vie for berths on the 2009 Junior World Championships Team that will compete in Athens, Greece from Oct. 22-25. 

Competition schedule for the event is as follows:

Friday July 24
8:45 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Intermediate 1 (Born 1999-2000), Intermediate 2 (Born 1997-1998), Juvenile A (Born 1995-1996) and Juvenile B (Born 1993-1994) Divisions

Saturday July 25
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bantam 1 (Born 2003), Bantam 2 (Born 2002), Bantam 3 (Born 2001) and IJF-Junior (Born 1990 or Later) Divisions

Sunday July 26

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Intermediate 2 (Born 1997-1998), Juvenile A (Born 1995-1996), Juvenile B (Born 1993-1994) and IJF-Junior (Born 1990 or Later) Divisions

Athletes scheduled to compete include the following players: 

  • Veronica Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 44kg), 2006 Senior Pan Am Team member
  • Alexa Liddie (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / 44kg), 2007 Senior Pan Am Team member
  • Taylor Ibera (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri / 44kg), 2008 Senior Pan Am Champion
  • Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club / 48kg), 2009 Senior World Team member
  • Angela Creutzberger (Ballston Lakes, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center / 48kg), 2008 Junior World Team member
  • Kayla Chappell (Oklahoma City, Okla. / USA Stars / 52kg), 2008 Senior U.S. Open Champion
  • Jeanette Rodriguez (Davie, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 52kg), 2007 Senior Pan Am Games bronze medalist at 48kg
  • Chrissy Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri / 52kg), 2008 Junior World Team member
  • Jessica Irons (Yorkville, Ill. / Yorkville Judo / 52kg), 2009 Cadet World Team member
  • Angelica Delgado (Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 57kg), 2009 Senior Pan Am Team member
  • Mindy Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri / 57kg), 2009 Senior Nationals bronze medalist
  • Jillian Roman (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / 63kg), 2009 Junior Pan American Champion
  • Helen Delpopolo (Westfield, N.J. / 70kg), 2009 Senior Nationals silver medalist
  • Laquinta Allen (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. / Onikusu / 70kg), 2009 Senior Nationals bronze medalist
  • Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE / 78kg), 2008 Junior World Champion
  • Katinna Rodriguez (Anchorage, Alaska / All-Star Judo / 78kg), 2009 Senior Nationals bronze medalist
  • Kaitlyn McKim (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / +78kg), 2009 National President's Cup Champion at 78kg
  • Matt Dong (San Jose, Calif. / San Jose Buddhist / 55kg), 2009 Senior Nationals silver medalist
  • Everet Desilets (Providence, R.I. / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club / 60kg), 2009 Cadet World Team member
  • Kyle Taketa (Torrance, Calif. / Gardena Judo Club / 66kg), 2007 Senior Pan Am medalist at 55kg
  • Andrew Porras (Hialeah, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 73kg), 2009 Jose Ramon Rodriguez Championships silver medalist
  • Colton Brown (Piscataway, N.J. / Cranford Judo / 81kg), 2009 Senior Nationals silver medalist
  • Kyle Vashkulat (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center / 100kg), 2009 Senior Pan Am Team member
  • Colin Robinson (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / +100kg), 2008 Junior World Team member
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