Meet Team USA: Youth Women's Continental Championships Team

May 16, 2018, 11:32 a.m. (ET)

Team USA will be represented by seven females at the 2018 Continental Championships, including three members of the 2017 Youth World Championships team. All seven will be looking to qualify to this year's World Championships.


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48 kg: Sandra Tovar

Trained by Marcos Padilla, Jeff Tovar, Jesse Haro at Marquitos Boxing, Tovar made the transition from the Junior High Performance Squad to the Youth High Performance Squad following her win at the 2017 Youth National Championships. This will mark her international debut.

51 kg: Heaven Garcia

El Monte, Calif. native Heaven Garcia is Team USA’s veteran member, with two World Championships under her belt, including the World title in 2015. Garcia, who trains at Jerry Ortiz Memorial Boxing Gym, will be looking to punch her ticket to her third World Championships, as well as potentially qualify to the Youth Olympics.

54 kg: Iyana Verduzco

Iyana represents Team USA from Los Angeles, Calif., where she trains with Gloria and Rodrigo Mosquera. The 2017 Youth National Champion is one of four members of the team making their international debut.

57 kg: Isamary Aquino

Aquino burst onto the international scene with an impressive bronze medal performance at last year’s Youth World Championships. Training at Ramos Boxing Team in Universal City, Texas, Aquino moved up a weight class from last year with hopes of representing Team USA at this year’s Youth Olympic Games.

60 kg: Nicole Ocasio

Nicole is the third Youth Olympic Games hopeful for the women of Team USA. Coached by her father, Henry Ocasio, out of Coppell, Texas, the 2017 Youth National Champion will be looking to make an impressive international debut.

64 kg: Aidyl Cardenas

Training out of Calexico Boxing Academy in Calexico, Calif., Cardenas will be making her return to the international stage after representing Team USA at the 2017 Youth World Championships last year. The 2017 Youth National Champion will be looking to qualify to the 2018 Youth World Championships and earn her first international medal at these Continental Championships.

69 kg: Marle Wendland

Wendland is the 2017 Youth National Championship silver medalist and will be making her international debut for Team USA. The Spearfish, S.D. native is coached by Stoney Kilmer at Champions Choice.