Pan American Games in Lima, Peru – Women’s National Team - Roster Announcement

By Christian Latulippe | June 07, 2019, 12:30 a.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball (USATH) is pleased to announce that the Women’s National Team (WNT) will compete at the 2019 Pan American Games (PAG).  The Women’s Team Handball Competition at the Pan American Games will be held from July 24th to July 30th, in Lima, Peru.

The winner of the tournament will secure a spot at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.  The second place will secure a spot to the Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Eight countries will participate in the 2019 Pan American Games.  Team USA will compete in Group B with Argentina, Dominican Republic and Peru while Group A is composed by Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The USA Team Handball selection committee comprised of Christian Latulippe (WNT Coach/Chair), David Thompson (Athletes’ Rep), Julio Sainz (WNT Assistant Coach), Cheng Fen He (WNT Assistant Coach) and Robert Hedin (MNT Head Coach), selected fourteen athletes, and their alternates, from the existing WNT athlete pool. All selected athletes have met all of the requirements for selection.

The 2019 Pan American Games Women’s Team Handball squad will be guided by Christian Latulippe as Head Coach, Olivier Orfèvres as the assistant coach, Kim Moncel as the Certified Athletic Trainer and David Gascon as the Team Leader.

“It is my great honor to congratulate the hard working women who have earned a position on this team,” said Barry Siff, CEO of USA Team Handball.  “This marks the first qualification to the Pan American Games in 8 years for our women’s team, and I am very optimistic about the competitive opportunity we have in our group.  It is an exciting time for Team Handball in the USA.”

 

The selected athletes and alternates are listed below (in alphabetical order):

Name

Position

Club/Team

ANDERSEN Nicole

Left Back

Hellerup IK, Denmark

BUTLER Ashley

Right Wing, Right Back

HSG Hude / Falkenburg, Germany

DARLING Kathy

Right Back

Bisco Busan, South Korea

FASOLD Sophie

Goalkeeper

TSV Nord Harrislee, Germany

FITHIAN Jennifer

Pivot

Team Rogue, USA

GASCON Sarah

Pivot

Team Rogue, USA

HARTNETT Elizabeth

Right Wing

Team Rogue, USA

LEVINKIND Shani

Pivot

Maccabi Arazim Ramat Gan, Israel

LOMBARD Zoe

Right Wing

Team Rogue, USA

NEWBERN Bryana

Goalkeeper

TSV Oyten, Germany

RHOADS Jence

Center Back

Mecalia Atletico Guardes, Spain

SAYER Julia

Center Back

TSV Hahlen, Germany

TAYLOR Julia

Left Wing

Aulnay Handball, France

VALLONE Maria

Left Wing

Vilo, Argentina

 

 

Alternates for this event are (in alphabetical number):

BORG Karoline

BRITTAIN Abigail  

CHRISTENSEN Sif Skov

DOBREFF Freja

MERRITT Monaye

RAIFORD Christina

RHOADS Kourtney

STEWART Candace 

WHEELER Sanna

 

Congratulations to the women selected for this prestigious event.

 

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