Pentathletes training at the USA Pentathlon Training Facility located within the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., crossed swords in an intersquad competition on Saturday, April 2. The training exercise was designed as a tune-up event prior to the team’s departure for Sassari, Italy (on the island of Sardinia), the site of the second World Cup event in the 2011 International Pentathlon Series. The series began on February 24 with the first World Cup competition held in Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage, Calif. Following Sassari, the remaining World Cups in the series are Budapest, Hungary, on May 5th, and finishing May 26th in Cheng Du, China.
2010 U.S. National Champion Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) edged out Italy World Cup team member, U.S. Army Specialist Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas) by only 12 points overall in the men’s division. On the women’s side, 2010 U.S. National Champion Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) bested U.S. Nationals bronze medalist and fellow Italian World Cup teammate Samantha Achterberg (Littleton, Colo.).
U.S. athletes competed in four of the five events at the OTC while the equestrian show jumping event was held at M&M Stables in Fountain, Colo., which is the equestrian training facility for USA Pentathlon OTC Resident Athletes. A notable highlight was Dennis Bowsher’s ability to hit five targets using the new laser pistol system in less than 16 seconds in each of his three shooting stops during the 3,000-meter combined running and shooting event (athletes run 3 loops of 1,000 meters each and shoot 5 targets after each loop for a total of 3,000 meters run and 15 targets hit).
Isaksen, Bowsher and Achterberg will join teammates Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.), Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.), Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.), Army Captain Mickey Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Rendy Lynn Opdycke (Mercer Island, Wash.) along with USA Pentathlon Coach Janusz Peciak as the U.S. delegation departs for Sassari, Italy, on April 11.