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2012 Youth Worlds Team Announced

Sailors Named to 2012 US Sailing Development Team

Portsmouth, R.I. (February 20, 2012) – Eleven youth sailors have qualified for US Sailing’s 2012 Youth World Team, and will receive invitations to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship in Dublin, Ireland, from July 12-21. The U.S. Youth Worlds Team members were selected based on first-place finishes in their respective classes at US Sailing’s two 2012 ISAF Youth World Qualifier events, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Jan. 14-16, and hosted at the Tradewinds Regatta, Jan. 13-15.

“This team represents the best of youth sailing in the U.S.,” said US Sailing’s High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.). “The majority of our 2011 Team aged-out of youth competition and transitioned to our Olympic development classes. Having a structured pipeline is crucial to our future medal potential, and I am truly excited at the level of talent coming up the ranks. We now have a focused effort and have closed the gap between youth sailing and Olympic sailing.”
 
The members of US Sailing’s 2012 Youth World Team are:

•Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.)  
•Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Nikki Medley (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
•International 420s (boy’s two person dinghy): Harry Koeppel (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and Charles Bocklet (Waccubuc, N.Y.)
•International 420s (girl’s two person dinghy): Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Darien, Conn.) and Abigail Rohman (Larchmont, N.Y.)
•29er (open high performance dinghy): Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.)
Techno Boys: Lucas Gonzalez (Miami, Fla.)
Techno Girls: Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.)
Multihull: Jeremy Herrin (Sarasota, Fla.) and Sam Armington (Sarasota, Fla.)

MKiss_Andreasen_YWTQMitchell Kiss, 17, is the only returning member of the 2011 Youth Worlds Team. His impressive sailing resume includes Laser Radial wins at the High School National Singlehanded Championship and Orange Bowl regatta. A member of the US Sailing Development Team since 2008, Kiss is in his final year of youth eligibility and is determined to bring home a medal in 2012. “I’m really excited about going to Worlds and going for the win,” he said.

The Youth Worlds Team members are also named to the 2012 US Sailing Development Team. The team, which is annually named by US Sailing, is comprised of the country’s top sailors in the classes selected for the 2012 Youth Worlds and the Olympic classes.

For more information on the 2012 US Sailing Development Team selection: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Selection/2012_US_Sailing_Development_Team.htm

For more information about the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF World Championship in Dublin, Ireland, please visit the event web site: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/

About US Sailing’s Youth World Team and US Sailing
US Sailing annually supports the U.S. Youth World Team, which represents the United States at the ISAF Youth World Championships. The team members must qualify for the team each year, based on their on-the-water results at a pre-determined qualifying event.

As a significant event in an Olympic-hopeful’s career, the ISAF Youth Worlds’ champions list includes US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athlete and 2012 US Olympic Team member Paige Railey, a two-time Youth World champion (’03, ’05) in the Laser Radial and Andrew Campbell, 2008 Olympian and Youth World champion (’02) in the Laser.

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit us at www.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, danapaxton@ussailing.org, 401-683-0800 x615
Photo: Mitchell Kiss and Kenneth Andreasen Credit: Tovi Kiss