22 Kids to Compete for U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team for Table Tennis

Dec. 02, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

The upcoming 2009 U.S. National Championships at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Dec. 16-19, will also have 22 athletes trying out for the first U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team in table tennis. The 16 boys and 6 girls will square off on Friday, Dec. 18 to determine who will represent Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments for Pan America. 

Based upon Team USA's performance at the qualifying tournament, the United States can qualify one boy and one girl to compete at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, Aug. 14-26. The 2010 Youth Olympic Games qualifying event for the U.S. athletes will be held in El Salvador, scheduled for Feb. 1-3.

Ariel Hsing (San Francisco, Calif.) comes into the trials as the No. 1 rated player with an overall ranking of 2,442 points. Hsing, the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. National Team, will bring her two-wing attack and looks to earn the U.S. spot for the Youth Olympic Games.

Anne Deng (Katy, Texas) and Natalie Sun (Mountain View, Calif.) will challenge Hsing for the coveted position on the U.S. Team as they are closely rated at 2,349 and 2,282 points respectively. Deng and Sun were recent members of the U.S. Cadet Girls National Team.

In the boys tournament, 16 will vie for the sole position for the U.S. Team that will compete in Singapore next August. Leading the charge is Alexander Yao (Chesterfield, Mo.), who won the 2008 U.S. National Cadet Trials. He will be challenged by 2007 National Cadet semifinalist Michael Landers (Old Westerbury, N.Y.) and 2009 U.S. Cadet National Team member Grant Li (Acton, Mass.).

The roster of the eligible athletes is below. Table tennis will be one of 26 events contested at the inaugural multi-sport youth event. The international event will attract at least 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees. The table tennis athletes will be between the ages of 15 and 16. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

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U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team Trials for Table Tennis Athletes

Name                               Hometown                         Date of Birth      Rating
Alexander Yao                   Chesterfield, Mo.                  10/2/1995           2,306
Michael Landers                 Old Westbury, N.Y.              8/16/1994           2,387
Grant Li                             Acton, Mass.                       11/30/1994          2,263
Brian Chen                         Palo Alto, Calif.                    9/12/1995           2,056
Austin Preiss                     Manitou Springs, Colo.         9/10/1994           2,123
Anand Engineer                  Placentia, Calif.                   2/17/1995           2,267
Jason Long                        Houston, Texas                   3/9/1994             2,094
Charles Wang                    Plano, Texas                       10/5/1995           1,749
Pierce Scott                       Cincinnati, Ohio                   10/26/1995          1,843
Tim Tzuting Wang              Allen, Texas                        6/29/1995           1,935
Justin Danh Nguyen            Anaheim, Calif.                    8/24/1995           2,040
Matthew Mayfield               Atlanta, Ga.                         4/11/1995           1,468
Brandon Geiger-Gresham    Atlanta, Ga.                         4/12/1995           1,054
Parry Wilson                      Cincinnati, Ohio                   3/21/1995           1,812
Seth Daniel Pech               Strongsville, Ohio                 8/16/1995           2,011
Gregory Ngguyen               Fountain Valley, Calif.          12/4/1995           1,972

Name                               Hometown                         Date of Birth      Rating
Ariel Hsing                         San Francisco, Calif.            11/29/1995          2,442
Anne Deng                         Katy, Texas                         11/24/1994          2,349
Natalie Sun                        Mountain View, Calif.            12/24/1995          2,282
Jasmine Phuong Nguyen     Anaheim, Calif.                    1/17/1994           1,827
Judy Yang                         Katy, Texas                         6/8/1995             1,973
Annie Guo                         Oakland Gardens, N.Y.        2/11/1995           2,074

About USA Table Tennis: USATT is the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States. Created in 1933 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its staff serves the 9,000-plus members and nearly 300 clubs that are affiliated with USATT. It oversees a wide variety of membership services, the national teams, rules of the game and numerous online instructional and historical articles. USATT is governed and run by the nine-member board of directors, committees and professional staff. USATT is affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the world governing body for table tennis, as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).