Rounding things out: Competition concludes at 2014 USAT Team Trials

Jan. 14, 2014, 10:14 p.m. (ET)

Competition concluded at the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Team Trials on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the final eight 2014 Junior National Team slots being determined. The five-day competition decided the 2014 Senior, Junior and Cadet National Teams, as well as the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Team.

“We have a great team, but now we have to have some training because we are going to have some fierce competition,” National Team Coach Patrice Remarck said of the four teams named this week. “Korea, Iran, the Croatian team—they’re all very good and they will be a challenge. Yes, we have a good team, and we have a lot of potential, but we have to make sure we bring the best out of them.”

Tuesday’s eight winners join the 12 decided on Monday to complete the 2014 Junior National Team. The team will compete at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, March 26-29.

Tuesday’s Junior winners:
Jonathan Healy (men's light heavy weight)
Brandon Ivey (men's heavy weight)
Joseph Rodriguez (men's light middle weight)
Connor Wilson (men's middle weight)
Elaine Esparza (women's bantam weight)
Miriam Galecki (women's feather weight)
Kelsey Junious (women's fly weight)
Trinity Sullivan (women's fin weight)

Four teams, five days
For the first time ever, USA Taekwondo held four Team Trials at a single event. The Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Team was decided Jan. 10, the Senior National Team Jan. 10-12, the Cadet National Team Jan. 11-12 and the Junior National Team Jan. 13-14.

The teams:
2014 Senior National Team
Logan Gerick (men’s fin weight)
James Howe II (men’s fly weight)
Olie Burton (men’s bantam weight)
Terrence Jennings (men’s feather weight)
Thomas Rahimi (men’s light weight)
Steven Lopez (men’s welter weight)
Luke Ford (men’s middle weight)
Stephen Lambdin (men’s heavy weight)
Kelsey Junious (women’s fin weight)
Charlotte Craig (women’s fly weight)
Simone DeVito (women’s bantam weight)
Deireanne Morales (women’s feather weight)
Diana Lopez (women’s light weight)
Paige McPherson (women’s welter weight)
Jacqueline Galloway (women’s middle weight)
Lauren Hamon (women’s heavy weight)

2014 Junior National Team
Julio Quintanilla (men’s fin weight)
Isaac Vigil (men’s fly weight)
David Kim (men’s bantam weight)
Ken Jin (men's feather weight)
Siwon Kim (men’s light weight)
Alexandru Felea (men’s welter weight)
Joseph Rodriguez (men's light middle weight)
Connor Wilson (men's middle weight)
Jonathan Healy (men's light heavy weight)
Brandon Ivey (men's heavy weight)
Trinity Sullivan (women's fin weight)
Kelsey Junious (women's fly weight)
Elaine Esparza (women's bantam weight)
Miriam Galecki (women's feather weight)
Taylor Macleod (women’s light weight)
Olivia Bryant (women’s welter weight)
Alexis Shepard (women’s light middle weight)
Kendall Yount (women’s middle weight)
Brieanna Hernandez (women’s light heavy weight)
Madelynn Gorman-Shore (women’s heavy weight)

2014 Cadet National Team
Omar Ortiz (men’s fin weight)
Joshua Kosloski (men’s fly weight)
Juan Carlos Norzagaray (men’s bantam weight)
Timothy Snow (men’s feather weight)
Austin Tran (men’s light weight)
Joshua Liu (men’s welter weight)
Ethan Robinson (men’s light middle weight)
Albert Urias (men’s middle weight)
Matthew Foong (men’s light heavy weight)
Richard Chung (men’s heavy weight)
Ashleigh Ogan (women’s fin weight)
Christine Bonoan (women’s fly weight)
Kiana Chai Chong (women’s bantam weight)
Mia Chang (women’s feather weight)
Marisa Loy (women’s light weight)
Kamille Carbon (women’s welter weight)
Logan Weber (women’s light middle weight)
Anya Sagovnovic (women’s middle weight)
Lisette Flores-Salcido (women’s light heavy weight)
Melanie Diaz (women’s heavy weight)

Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Team
Julio Quintanilla (men’s -48kg)
Nelson Morales (men’s 48-55kg)
Zachery Budde (men’s 55-63kg)
Michelle Gonciarz (women’s 44-49kg)
Mandy McCutcheon (women’s 49-55kg)
Kendall Yount (women’s +63kg)
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Twelve junior athletes punched their tickets on the fourth day of the USA Taekwondo National Team Trials Monday in Colorado Springs, establishing more than half of the 20-member 2014 USAT Junior National Team.

“I saw a fantastic display of physical ability and athleticism,” National Team Coach Patrice Remarck said. “But the thing that impressed me the most is one of our athletes that made the Youth Olympic Team (on Jan. 10) bowed out to allow his teammate to win and have a spot on the Junior World Team. It was impressive. It showed sportsmanship and character, and it was taekwondo at its best.”  

The team will compete at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, March 26-29.

Monday’s Junior winners:
Alexandru Felea (men’s welter weight)
Ken Jin (men's feather weight)
David Kim (men’s bantam weight)
Siwon Kim (men’s light weight)
Julio Quintanilla (men’s fin weight)
Isaac Vigil (men’s fly weight)
Olivia Bryant (women’s welter weight)
Madelynn Gorman-Shore (women’s heavy weight)
Brieanna Hernandez (women’s light heavy weight)
Taylor Macleod (women’s light weight)
Alexis Shepard (women’s light middle weight)
Kendall Yount (women’s middle weight)

Competition concludes on Tuesday as the 2014 Junior National Team rounds out with the final eight members. The day’s competitors: men’s Junior light middle, middle, light heavy and heavy weights; women’s Junior fin, fly, bantam and feather weights.

Competition begins at the Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Complex at 11 a.m. EST/9 a.m. MST. Follow all the action live on the event Twitter page @USAT_TeamTrials and on Instagram at USA_Taekwondo.
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The remaining seven Senior and 10 Cadet National
Team members were decided at the USA Taekwondo National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, completing the respective 2014 National Team rosters.

“Our Senior Team was looking very, very good; they looked sharper and there were some intense and suspenseful fights. Many of the competitors today could have ended up winning,” said National Team Coach Patrice Remarck. “As for the Cadets, I was able to see some incredible talent. Now we need to find a way to get more funding for them, along with our other programs, because this is the future.”

The seven Seniors, who join the nine members decided in the two days prior, will compete at the 2014 Pan American Championships in Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 7-10.

Sunday’s Senior winners:
Olie Burton (men’s bantam weight)
James Howe II (men’s fly weight)
Terrence Jennings (men’s feather weight)
Jacqueline Galloway (women’s middle weight)
Lauren Hamon (women’s heavy weight)
Diana Lopez (women’s light weight)
Paige McPherson (women’s welter weight)

Sunday’s final seven additions to the Senior National Team bring an enormous amount of National Team experience into 2014. Lopez leads the way with her 14th National Team appearance, followed by Hamon with 12. Howe II and McPherson each earned their sixth berths, while Jennings made his fifth team, Burton made his third and Galloway her first.

The first USAT Cadet Team Trials concluded with the final 10 slots filled. The 20-member 2014 USAT Cadet National Team will compete at the Inaugural WTF World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24-27.

Sunday’s Cadet winners:
Joshua Kosloski (men’s fly weight)
Juan Carlos Norzagaray (men’s bantam weight)
Omar Ortiz (men’s fin weight)
Timothy Snow (men’s feather weight)
Austin Tran (men’s light weight)
Kamille Carbon (women’s welter weight)
Melanie Diaz (women’s heavy weight)
Lisette Flores-Salcido (women’s light heavy weight)
Anya Sagovnovic (women’s middle weight)
Logan Weber (women’s light middle weight)

Up next at the 2014 Team Trials is the Junior National Team competition. Monday’s competitors are: Junior men’s fin, fly, bantam, feather, light and welter weights; and Junior women’s light, welter, light middle, middle, light heavy and heavy weights.
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Seven Senior and 10 Cadet National Team members were decided on Saturday as the largest USA Taekwondo Team Trials continued in its second day in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“There were some hard, really good fights today,” said National Team Coach Patrice Remarck. “We have to now come together and focus on bettering ourselves in international competition; that is the next step for these athletes.”

The Seniors, who join fin weights Logan Gerick and Kelsey Junious on the 2014 Senior National Team, will compete at the 2014 Pan American Championships in Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 7-10.

Saturday’s Senior winners:
Luke Ford (men’s middle weight)
Stephen Lambdin (men’s heavy weight)
Steven Lopez (men’s welter weight)
Thomas Rahimi (men’s light weight)
Charlotte Craig (women’s fly weight)
Simone DeVito (women’s bantam weight)
Deireanne Morales  (women’s feather)

The day’s winners are no strangers to Senior-level experience. Lopez earned his 21st Senior National Team berth with Saturday’s win, while Craig returns for her eighth National Team spot and Lambdin his fifth. DeVito and Morales made their fourth National Team, Ford made his third National Team and Rahimi his second.

In the first-ever USAT Cadet National Team Trials, 10 members of the 20-member team were decided. The 2014 USAT Cadet National Team will compete at the Inaugural WTF World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24-27.

Saturday’s Cadet winners:
Christine Bonoan (women’s fly)
Kiana Chai Chong (women’s bantam)
Mia Chang (women’s feather)
Marisa Loy (women’s light)
Ashleigh Ogan (women’s fin)
Richard Chung (men’s heavy)
Matthew Foong (men’s light heavy)
Joshua Liu (men’s welter)
Ethan Robinson (men’s light middle)
Albert Urias (men’s middle)

Action continues on Sunday as the 2014 Senior and Cadet National Teams will be completed. Sunday’s competitors are: Senior men’s fly, bantam and feather weights; Senior women’s light, welter, middle and heavy weights; Cadet men’s fin, fly, bantam, feather and light weights; and Cadet women’s welter, light middle, middle, light heavy and heavy weights.
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The six-member 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Team and two members of the 2014 Senior National Team were named Friday following the first day of competition at the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

“They have a lot of talent,” USAT National Team Coach Patrice Remarck said of Friday’s competitors. “In all of our weight classes, we have a lot of opportunities. I believe we can do some big things (with these young athletes), especially in 2020. It was a fantastic result and nice showcase of their talents.”

The six Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Team members will compete at the Youth Olympic Games qualifier event in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, March 20-21, for a maximum of three U.S. spots at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will take place Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

The 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Team is:

Zachery Budde (men’s 55-63kg)
Nelson Morales (men’s 48-55kg)
Julio Quintanilla (men’s -48kg)
Michelle Gonciarz (women’s 44-49kg)
Mandy McCutcheon (women’s 49-55kg)
Kendall Yount (women’s +63kg)

Logan Gerick and Kelsey Junious claimed the first two 2014 Senior National Team slots as fin weights. Gerick made his second consecutive Senior National Team, while Junious earned her second Senior National Team since 2012. Both Gerick and Junious competed for past USAT Senior National Teams as fin weights.

Day 2 of competition features seven more Senior divisions and kicks off action for Cadets. Saturday’s divisions, which begin competition at 11 a.m. EST/9 a.m. MST, include: Senior men’s light, welter, middle and heavy weights; Senior women’s fly, bantam, feather weights; Cadet men’s welter, light middle, middle, light heavy and heavy weights; Cadet women’s fin, fly, bantam, feather and light weights.

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