Isaksen races way to finals in Budapest

May 05, 2011, 9:49 p.m. (ET)

Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) had a strong start in the women's qualification round on Thursday and cruised into the finals of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup #3 in Budapest, Hungary. Isaksen began the day with an outstanding showing in the fencing competition, placing 2nd with 25 victories. She went on to place 15th in the swim with a time of 2:20.10, and finished with a 14th place showing in the combined run/shoot with a time of 12:45.41. Her 4060 total points placed her 2nd in Group A and easily qualified her for Saturday's final. The top 18 in each of the two qualification groups advance to the final.
Also competing in Group A on Thursday was Caitlin Flathers (Rixeyville, Va.) who placed 35th with 2920 points. Flathers was 14th in the fencing (18 wins), 36th in the swim (2:50.37) and 34th in the combined (15:17.88)
The top American in Group B was Rendy Lynn Opdycke (Mercer Island, Wash.) who finished 26th with 3524 points. Opdycke was 33rd in the fencing (11 wins), 2nd in the swim (2:15.31) and 29th in the combined (13:50.43).
McKenzie West (Sedalia, Colo.) placed 34th in Group B with 3144 points. West placed 34th in the fencing (10 wins), 36th in the swim (2:43.36) and 30th in the combined (13:55.50).
The men's qualification round will be held on Friday with U.S. Army Specialist Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas), 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.), 2010 Pan American Champion Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) and rising star Lucas Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.) in action for the U.S.