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United States Junior National Racquetball Team Named

June 29, 2016, 1:17 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2016                                    

United States Junior National Racquetball Team Set
 at Junior Olympic Championships in Minneapolis

Jordan Cooperrider & Wayne Antone Headline Junior National
Team to Compete at World Championships this Fall

Minneapolis, Minn. – More than 200 of the country’s best junior racquetball players convened in the Twin Cities last weekend for the 2016 USA Racquetball National Junior Olympic Championships. The event, contested this year for the 43rd time, serves as the qualification competition for the United States Junior National Team. This fall, the U.S. Junior National Team will travel to Mexico for the International Racquetball Federation’s Junior World Championships.

Headlining the U.S. Team will be the winners of the Boy’s and Girl’s 18 & Under Singles Divisions. Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, Fla.) came to Minneapolis with a National Championship already in her pocket on the year as she captured the 2016 High School Girl’s Singles National Title in February in Portland, Ore. At the Junior Olympic Championships, Jordan cruised through the Girl’s 18 & Under Singles draw only dropping a single game all week long. Coupled with her win in the Girl’s 18 & Under Doubles Division, Cooperrider now has won 15 Junior National Titles. At the 2015 World Championships, she earned a Gold Medal in the Girl’s 16 & Under Doubles competition. Jordan will be a senior at Palm Harbor University High School this fall.

The 2016 Boy’s 18 & Under Singles National Champion is Wayne Antone (Eugene, Ore.). Wayne entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and upset the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked players en-route to his first Junior National Singles Title. Antone had previously won two Junior National Doubles Championships (2015 – Boy’s 16 & Under Doubles / 2011 – Boy’s 12 & Under Doubles). Last year’s title earned Antone a spot on the 2015 U.S. Junior National Team were he represented his country at the Junior World Championships in the Dominican Republic. At that global event, Wayne and his playing partner earned a Silver Medal. Antone is 2016 graduate of Churchill High School and during his high school career captured two Oregon High School State Championships in the Boy’s Singles division.


The complete roster of U.S. Junior National Team:
(Name (Hometown) - Qualifying Finish)

Elena Dent (Lumberton, N.C.) – Girl’s 14 & Under Doubles Champion

Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, Calif.) – Girl’s 14 & Singles Champion / Girl’s 14 & Under Doubles Champion

Heather Mahoney (Penngrove, Calif.) – Girl’s 12 & Under Doubles Champion / Girl’s 14 & Under Singles Finalist

Antonio Rojas (Stockton, Calif.) – Boy’s 14 & Under Singles Champion / Boy’s 14 & Under Doubles Champion

Akul Ramayani (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) - Boy’s 14 & Under Doubles Champion / Boy’s 14 & Under Singles Finalist

Ricardo Diaz (Stockton, Calif.) – Boy’s 16 & Under Doubles Champion

Dane Elkins (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Boy’s 16 & Under Doubles Champion

Jordan Barth (Cold Springs, Minn.) – Boy’s 16 & Under Singles Champion

Briana Jacquet (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Girl’s 16 & Under Doubles Champion / Girl’s 16 & Under Singles Finalist

Ingrid Robledo (San Diego, Calif.) – Girl’s 16 & Under Doubles Champion / Girl’s 16 & Under Singles Champion

Jake Birnel (Bellingham, Wash.) – Boy’s 18 & Under Doubles Champion

Mauro Rojas (Stockton, Calif.) - Boy’s 18 & Under Doubles Champion

Kevin Vazquez (Miami, Fla.) – Boy’s 18 & Under Singles Finalist

Erika Manilla (Centennial, Colo.) – Girl’s 18 & Under Doubles Champion / Girl’s 18 & Under Singles Finalist

Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, Fla.) – Girl’s 18 & Under Singles Champion / Girl’s 18 & Under Doubles Champion

Wayne Antone (Eugene, Ore.) Boy’s 18 & Under Singles Champion

U.S. Junior National Espirt Team:
(Name (Hometown) - Qualifying Finish)


In addition to the U.S. Junior National Team Members listed above, the top finishers in the younger (12 & Under and 1- & Under) divisions will be invited to the Junior World Championships as part of the Esprit Team.

Ashlyn Carver (Spokane Valley, Wash) – Girl’s 10 & Under Doubles Champion

Vedant Chauhan (San Ramon, Calif.) – Boy’s 12 & Under Doubles Champion / Boy’s 12 & Under Singles Finalist

Benjamin Horner (Ankeny, Iowa) – Boy’s 10 & Under Singles Finalist

Ava Kaiser (Stillwater, Minn.) – Girl’s 10 & Under Doubles Champion

Kareena Mathew (Corvallis, Ore.) – Girl’s 10 & Under Singles Champion

Nikhil Prasad (Fremont, Calif.) – Boy’s 10 & Under Singles Champion / Boy’s 10 & Under Doubles Champion

Josh Shea (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) – Boy’s 12 & Under Doubles Champion

Julia Stein (Murrysville, Penn.) – Girl’s 12 & Under Girl’s Doubles Champion / Girl’s 12 & Under Singles Runner Up

Gatlin Sutherland (Great Falls, Mont.) – Boy’s 10 & Under Doubles Champion

Krish Thakur (Tracy, Calif.) – Boy’s 12 & Under Singles Champion

About USA Racquetball

USA Racquetball, founded in 1969, is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. The organization also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers National Player Rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.

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