(l to r): Meredith Pinkerton, Paige Witter, Kristina Troyanski, Natalie Bowman, Aaron Lane and coach John Moreau. (Not pictured, Andrew Tapia)
Over 150 of the next generation Olympians have made the trip to Tata, Hungary, to compete on the biggest stage for modern pentathletes under the age of 18. The U.S. will be represented by six athletes: Aaron Lane (Farmington, Minn.) and Andrew Tapia (Novato, Calif.) in the boys division, and Natalie Bowman (Lodi, Calif.), Kristina Troyanski (Austin, Texas), Meredith Pinkerton (Hudson, Ohio) and Paige Witter (Denver, Colo.) in the girls division.
The Youth World Championships work differently than other senior and junior pentathlon competitions. Individual finals will go over two days and each pentathlete will have to fence each other. They will all then swim in seeded heats and then do the combined event in two rounds to crown the Youth World Champion. Youth categories do not participate in the riding discipline.
Action begins on Wednesday, Sept. 19, with the boys and girls relay. The mixed relay takes place on Thursday, Sept. 20, with individual events kicking off on Saturday, Sept. 22.
As is now tradition at the Youth World Championships, the athletes will have a rest day on Friday, where they will be treated to a Hungarian culture day.
Live results can be found on Pentathlon.org/2012youthworlds. There will also be a live webcast available each day.###