USA Pentathlon Nationals Feature Plenty of Top Performances

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2014 USA Pentathlon National Championships has been held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Two weeks of pentathlon included a training camp and National Championships for Seniors (22 and older), Juniors (21 and younger), and Youth (18 and under) pentathletes. Junior and Senior pentathletes competed in fencing, swimming (200 m freestyle), show jumping, and combined running/shooting (4 x 800 m running combined with pistol shooting) events. Youth pentathletes competed in fencing, swimming, and combined events. Nationals included women, men, and mixed relays divisions.

Senior/Junior Women

Junior and Senior women competed first. As it was expected, sisters Margaux and Isabella Isaksen’s (Fayetteville, AR) fenced very well by winning fencing event – 21 victories and only 3 defeats (282 pentathlon points). Margaux continued to lead the competition after winning swimming event with a time of 2:22.32 and riding a horse without technical mistakes. Riding event was won by Stacy Hoehle (Indianapolis, IN).

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

Swimming event at USA Pentathlon Nationals

Before the last event (combined running/shooting), Margaux Isaksen had a solid lead against her sister Isabella, while National Team member Samantha Achterberg (Littleton, CO) was in 3rd place. Samantha won combined event, which secured her the 2nd place at National Championships Senior division. Margaux isaksen won gold, and Isabella Isaksen finished in 3rd place. Final results of three medalists:

Place Name(Country) FencingVictories/Defeats

Points

SwimTime

Points

RidePoints CombinedTime

Points

Total
1 Margaux IsaksenUSA 21V / 3D282 2:22.32274 294 13:43477 1325
2 Samantha AchterbergUSA 13V / 11D218 2:23.12271 294 12:45535 1318
3 Isabella IsaksenUSA 21V / 3D282 2:31.55243 298 13:45475 1298

 

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

Medalists at Senior Nationals: Margaux Isaksen (gold), Samantha Achterberg (silver), and Isabella Isaksen (Bronze)

In a Junior division, Isabella Isaksen won gold medal, Kristina Troyanski (Austin, TX) silver medal, and Paige Vallee (Orlando, FL) bronze medal.

Senior/Junior Men

The next day men competed in Junior and Senior divisions. Josh Riker-Fox from Canada won fencing event with 28 victories and only 4 defeats (292 pentathlon points). Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, NM) finished second in fencing (24 victories), and Harrison Greene was in 3rd place (21 victories). The second pentathlon event swimming was won by former University of Florida swimmer Logan Storie (Corvallis, OR) , who swam very fast time of 1:55.97 over 200 meters at the altitude of 6,035 ft. Logan is the fastest swimmer in the world in pentathlon. Harrison Greene won the riding event with a perfect score of 300 points.

 

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

Silver medalist Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, TX) in the riding event

Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, TX) won combined running/shooting event. Nathan Schrimsher won the National Championships, Dennis Bowsher finished in 2nd place, and Joshua Riker-Fox (CAN) finished in 3rd place. The third American was Brendan Anderson (Colorado Springs, CO). He finished in 4th place overall. Final results of three medalists in Open Division:

Place Name(Country) FencingVictories/Defeats

Points

SwimTime

Points

RidePoints CombinedTime

Points

Total
1 Nathan SchrimsherUSA 24V / 8D264 2:04.62324 299 13:14506 1393
2 Dennis BowsherUSA 15V / 17D201 2:08.92308 296 12:18562 1367
3 Joshua Riker-FoxCAN 28V / 4D292 2:16.49288 293 13:39481 1354

Although, Brendan Anderson finished in 4th place in the Open Division, he won a bronze medal at US Nationals.

 

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

 

Three medalists at USA Pentathlon Nationals: Nathan Schrimsher (gold), Dennis Bowsher (silver), and Brendan Anderson (Bronze)

In a Junior division, Brendan Anderson won gold medal, Tim Van Laarhoven (Minneapolis, MN) silver medal, and Lucas Schrimsher (Roswell, NM) bronze medal.

Mixed Relay

In the mixed relay competition, Isabella Isaksen and Amro Elgeziri (EGY) won two events fencing and swimming (2 x 100 m relay). By finishing in 2nd place in riding and combined events, they secured win at this competition. Margaux Isaksen and Brendan Anderson finished in 2nd place by winning riding and combined events. Samantha Achterberg and Dennis Bowsher finished in 3rd place.

Youth Girls

Youth athletes (18 and under) don’t compete in riding. Fencing event was won by Katherine Penvose (Minneapolis, MN) with 31 victories and only 3 defeats (292 points). The fastest girl at the pool was Katherine Shomper from Nitro Swim Club (Austin, TX). Her time over 200 m freestyle was 2:24.80 (260 points). Katie Penvose also won combined event with a time of 14:48 (412 points). Despite of winning two events, Katherine finished in 2nd place overall. Katherine Penvose won Youth Nationals with 887 points. Katherine Shomper finish in 2nd place (732 points), and Amira Hindi (Roswell, NM) finished in 3rd place (713). Final results of three medalists:

Place Name(Country) FencingVictories/Defeats

Points

SwimTime

Points

RidePoints CombinedTime

Points

Total
1 Katherine PenvoseUSA 31V / 3D292 2:51.50183 N/A 14:48412 887
2 Katherine ShomperUSA 19V / 15D220 2:24.80260 N/A 17:28252 732
3 Amira HindiUSA 22V / 12D238 2:58.70158 N/A 16:23317 713

 

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

 

Medalists at Youth Nationals: Katherine Penvose (gold), Katherine Shomper (silver), and Amira Hindi (Bronze)

The winners in younger divisions:

Youth B (age 15-16) – Jordan McCurdy (Denver, CO)

Youth C (age 13-14) – Kelsey Urbach (Colorado Springs, CO), Darby Haskel, and Caterina Cecchin

Youth D (age 11-12) – Kallie Urbach (Colorado Springs, CO), Alice Lee

Youth E (age 9-10) – Zella Schnitzspahn (Colorado Springs, CO), Avery Yue (Sacramento, CA), and Hannah Priddy

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

Medalists at Youth Nationals

Youth Boys

Youth boys’ competition began with fencing event. Michael Hoffmann (Orlando, FL) won this event with 36 victories and 6 defeats (285 points). Luke Shereston (Roswell, NM), a representative of New Mexico Military Institute, won 200 m freestyle race with a time of 2:08.67. Combined event was won by Brendan Anderson (Colorado Springs, CO) with a time of 13:22. Solid results in all events allowed Brendan to win a 2014 Youth National Championships. Brendan also qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Final results of three medalists:

Place Name(Country) FencingVictories/Defeats

Points

SwimTime

Points

RidePoints CombinedTime

Points

Total
1 Brendan AndersonUSA 34V / 8D275 2:15.00295 N/A 13:22498 1068
2 Luke SherestonUSA 25V / 17D230 2:08.67308 N/A 15:32368 906
3 Andrew TapiaUSA 27V / 15D215 2:34.38234 N/A 14:45415 889

 

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

 

Medalists at Youth Nationals: Brendan Anderson (gold), Luke Shereston (silver), and Andrew Tapia (Bronze)

The winners in younger divisions:

Youth B (age 15-16) – Seamus Millett (Durango, CO), Caleb Allen (Roswell, NM), and Samuel Felix (Novato, CA)

Youth C (age 13-14) – Graham Maas (Minneapolis, MN), Noah Rescate (Sacramento, CA), and Elazar Hirsch (Denver, CO)

Youth E (age 9-10) – Alexander Yue (Sacramento, CA), and Logan Gatza (Orlando, FL)

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Photo Courtesy: USA Pentathlon

Medalists at Youth Nationals

The next pentathlon competition Biathle Nationals (run-swim-run) is going to take place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on September 27-28. Please, visit www.usapentathlon.org to learn more about USA Pentathlon events.

 

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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