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Jun 11 Team USA Arrives in El Salvador for Pan Am Juniors

June 11, 2009, 8:57 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Team USA arrived in San Salvador, El Salvador on Thursday to compete in the Pan American Juvenile and Junior Championships on Friday and Saturday. 

Twenty-eight athletes from the United States will compete against players from 15 nations throughout North and South America. 

"We are pleased to have such a large delegation, including the athletes as well as coaches, parents and chaperones, attend these Championships," said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) who arrived in El Salvador on Wednesday to ensure that all arrangements were properly made for the team's arrival. 

Competition will begin for the Juvenile (15-16-year-olds) athletes on Friday.  Junior (17-19-year-olds) athletes will compete on Saturday.

"This looks to be one of the strongest and most well-attended Pan American Junior Championships since we hosted it in Colorado Springs three years ago.  We have a very strong team here and are looking to give Brazil and other top teams a run for the medal count," Rodriguez said.

All members of the team received full travel gear, including podium attire, travel bags and both blue and white gis made by Adidas through a partnership between USA Judo and Seka-Sports, Inc. which also will serve as the gi and apparel sponsor for the Cadet and Junior World Teams that will compete in Budapest, Hungary and Athens, Greece later this year.

A complete roster of athletes competing this weekend is as follows:

Junior Team (17-19-year-olds)

Female 44kg
Veronica Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami)

Female 48kg
Lisette Abad (San Jose, Calif. / After-School All-Stars)

Female 52kg
Chrissy Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri)

Female 63kg
Jillian Roman (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)

Female 70kg
Kelsi Bostic (Anderson, Ind. / Judan Judo)

Female 78kg
Helen Delpopolo (Westfield, N.J.)

Male 55kg
Joshua Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami)

Male 66kg
Kyle Taketa (Torrance, Calif. / Gardena Judo)

Male 73kg
Andrew Porras (Hialeah, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami)

Male 81kg
Matthias Montez (Brentwood, Calif. / After-School All-Stars)

Male 90kg
Michael Harrison (Burke, Va. / Sport Judo)

Male 100kg
Armen Babayan (Alendale, Calif. / Valley Judo Institute)

Male +100kg
Colin Robinson (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)

Juvenile Team (15-16-year-olds)

Female 40kg
Destinee Nagtalon (Cupertino, Calif. / San Jose Buddhist Judo Club)

Female 44kg
Vanessa Calimquim (Long Beach, Calif. / South Bay Judo)

Female 48kg
Brianna Padron (Davie, Fla. / Panther Judo)

Female 52kg
Samantha Martin (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Training Center)

Female 57kg
Crystal Butts (Fontana, Calif. / LACC Judo Club)

Female 63kg
Yesenia Crespo (Dover, Fla. / Del Diaz Mambi Training Center)

Female 70kg
Kadee Shadden (Mineral Wells, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Training Center)

Female +70kg
Micaela Enriquez (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo Training Center)

Male 51kg
Daniel Neyra (Boca Raton, Fla. / Onikusu Judo Club)

Male 60kg
Ruben Martin (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo)

Male 66kg
Max Schneider (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon Judo Academy)

Male 73kg
Max Golembo (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Cohen's Judo)

Male 81kg
Pablo Redden-Gonzalez (Earlysville, Va. / Charlottesville Judo Academy)

Male 90kg
Mike Harris (Clermont, Fla. / Central Florida Judo & Jujitsu)

Male +90kg
Jimmy Barnes (Oklahoma City, USA Stars)

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