RANCHO MIRAGE, CA--The palm trees of southern California provided a picturesque setting for the USA Pentathlon National Championships which were held on June 5, 6, and 7th in Rancho Mirage, CA. West Coast Pentathlon was the local organizing committee which also provided the venues for the 2009 NORCECA championships featuring teams from Mexico, Guatemala , the US, and Canada. The team from Panama was entered in the US Open Championships as well.
There was no shortage of officials for the competition as an international pentathlon referee's clinic headed by UIPM's head of the technical committee and Executive Board Member for Sport, Mauro Tirinnanzi. The chairman for the event was USA Pentathlon's head coach and also a member of the UIPM technical committee Janusz Peciak. Participants in the clinic were asked to stay and assist in the competitions after their week-long training session which emphasized the new combined run/shoot discipline. A certification exam was given at the conclusion of the curriculum.
Dennis Bowsher featured a perfect 1200 point ride and a blazing 11:45 time in the combined event to capture the gold medals in the senior men's National Championships, NORCECA championships and the US Open. Jorge Inzuna of Mexico won the silver, and 2008 Olympian Joshua Riker-Fox of Canada went home with the bronze. The US National senior silver medal was won by Will Brady of Colorado Springs, CO. The bronze medal went to Beijing Olympian, Sam Sacksen of State College, PA. Results for the US National senior men can be viewed by clicking HERE. The NORCECA senior men's results can be found HERE.
Margaux Isaksen repeated as National Champion in all three age divisions. The seventeen year old Olympian won overall gold medals in Youth A, Junior, and Senior divisions of the US Nationals, NORCECA, and US Open. Her first place in the combined event, second in the swim, and nearly perfect 1180 point ride was too much for the rest of the field on Saturday. Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton, MD cruised to the silver medal on the strength of a third place fencing performance and a perfect 1200 point ride. Abigail Garza of Guatemala won the NORCECA senior women's bronze and New Jersey's Emily Andrews won the bronze in the US Nationals senior women's event. The US National senior women's results can be seen by clicking HERE and the NORCECA senior women's results are HERE.
The junior women's podium was populated by Isaksen, Stettinius, and Andrews again while John Gibbons finished in gold medal position for the junior men on the strength of a very solid swim of 2:16.8. He was followed by Hans Lauzen and Andrew Jayne. The junior national team of Gibbons, Jayne, and Isaksen will represent the US at the Junior World Championships in Taipei the first week in July. Click HERE for the junior women's US results and HERE for the junior men.
The Youth A men's field was dominated by southwestern athletes, Nathan and Lucas Schrimsher, who live and train in Roswell, NM and Andrew Jayne from Reno Nevada. Jayne narrowly edged out Ryan Anderson for the bronze medal. The women's Youth A silver was won by New Mexico's Anna Olesinski whose strong performance in the combined event kept her solidly ahead of bronze medalist McKenzie West who hails from Castle Rock, CO. The Youth A national team will head to Cairo, Egypt during the third week of July. The Schrimsher brothers and Anna Olesinski will make the trip for the US. The US Youth A men's results are available HERE and the women's results are HERE.
Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Reizman, and Sam Ruddock finished in gold, silver, and bronze position in the boy's Youth B competition. Wiggins won the swim and the combined event to dominate that division. Brendan Anderson won all three events in the Youth C boy's to achieve the gold medal. The Youth D boy's gold medal was won by Andrew Tapia. Johannah Ragland was the gold medalist in the Youth D girl's while Lauren Malestic captured the Youth E girl's gold medal. Check the US Nationals RESULTS PAGE to view results for these divisions.
Please check out the PHOTO GALLERY of this event. USA Pentathlon wishes to thank West Coast Pentathlon for organizing and Equestrian Centers International (ECI) for hosting, and the many volunteers who made this competition possible. Click HERE to see a Letter of Appreciation from the USAP Chairman.