Day 1 of the 2013 Pentathlon NORCECA Youth Championships in Havana, Cuba was an excellent day for Team USA Pentathlon. A traditional Youth Pentathlon consists of these events in this order: Fencing, Swimming and the Combined event of Running/Shooting. The Local Organizing Committee decided to stage the event in this order: Swimming, Fencing and then the Combined. The Youth C (13-14) category splashed first and Jordan McCurdy (Centennial, CO) finished strong with the 2nd best time of 1:09.1. Rachel Coleman (Modesto, CA) finished 4th in the Youth B (15-16) category with a 2:39.9. However, the best was yet to come. In the final heat of the Youth A (17-18) category, Monet Moreau (San Marcos, TX) ignited the team and the crowd with the competition’s best swim time of 2:25.8.
In Fencing, after the traditional round robin competition, all athletes competed in the newest element of Pentathlon, The Ladder -a single touch elimination: win and move on, lose and done for the day. Mae Stokes (Lincoln, NE) moved from 7th to 5th place in the Youth C Ladder with 3 consecutive victories, while fencing with a sprained ankle that occurred earlier. Jordan McCurdy continued her strong performance by defending her second place finish in the round robin with a second place finish in the Ladder. This allowed Jordan to be seeded 1st in the Combined competition. Rachel Coleman won 24 bouts placing her 2nd in the Youth B round robin competition.
Years of hard work and consistent training paid off for Katie Penvose (Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN) winning 65.9% of her round robin bouts finishing 2nd and then defended her position with a second place finish in the Ladder.
In the Combined, Jordan McCurdy finished in third place securing the bronze medal, her first medal in an international Pentathlon completion. The Youth A Combined was postponed due to a tropical rainstorm that hit the city in the middle of the Youth B Combined. The Youth A girls will contest their Combined tomorrow morning while the boys are competing in their round robin fencing competition.Congratulations to all of the team members and thank you to all of the parents, other supporters and head coach Genadijus Sokolovas and assistant coach Todd McIntyre. In summary, it was a great day for Team USA Pentathlon and with great hopes for tomorrow!!