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2010 US Sailing Development Team Announced


Contact: Marni Lane, US SAILING, (617) 671-8332,


Future Olympic Hopefuls Selected for New US Sailing Development Team


USSDTJanuary 11, 2010 (Portsmouth, R.I.) – Forty-eight talented athletes have been named to the 2010 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), a new, youth pipeline team supported by US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.

 In addition to receiving elite-level coaching, guidance and mentoring, the members will benefit from joint training with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members and other top young sailors from across the United States. The OSC will also support these athletes with shipping and logistical assistance and advice, as well as access to the OSC’s Performance Enhancement Team of physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists.

Formerly known as the US Sailing Team – U18 and US Sailing Team – U23, the USSDT is comprised of talented, up-and-coming sailors, aged 13 years or older as of January 1, 2010, who have shown a strong work ethic, willingness to work within a team, and promising results at international events and high-level domestic events. The OSC selected team members from a pool of sailing resumes and proposed training plans for 2010.

 The following athletes have been named to the 2010 USSDT:

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Carson Crain (Houston, Texas)
Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.)
Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.)

Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas)

Dodge Rees (Pensacola, Fla.)

Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.)

Christopher Stocke (Sarasota, Fla.)

Mateo Vargas (Treasure Island, Fla.)
John Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.)

Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)

Cam Cullman (Rye, N.Y.)

Luke Lawrence (Palm City, Fla.)

Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)

Kyle Rogachenko (Collegeville, Pa.)


Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
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Adam Roberts (San Diego, Calif.) and Nick Martin (San Diego, Calif.)

Kaity Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Lyndsey Gibbons-Neff (Rosemont, Pa.)

Joseph Morris (Annapolis, Md.) and Willie McBride (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Caitlin Beavers (Newport Beach, Calif.)

Annie Haeger (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)


 Morgan Kiss (Holland, Mich.) and Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I.)

Marlena Fauer (New York, N.Y.) and Christina Lewis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Ian Liberty (Colt’s Neck, N.J.) and Alex Whipple (Plandome, N.Y.) 
Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Chris Segerblom (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Declan Whitmyer (Stamford, Conn.) and Ian Storck (Huntington, N.Y.)


Oliver Toole (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.)


Mac Agnese (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Tim Zenderman (Miami, Fla.)

Antoine Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and James Moody (Tiburon, Calif.)
Finn Nilsen (Fairfield, Calif.) and Alek Nilsen (Fairfield, Calif.)

Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) and Katy Cenname (Seattle, Wash.)

 For a list of the athletes, their hometowns, yacht club affiliations and schools, please visit the USSDT page on the US SAILING web site:

 The OSC will work with the members of the USSDT to create joint training and racing opportunities, while respecting other demands on the sailor, such as school. For more details and information about the USSDT, including its mission, benefits and training/competition schedule, please visit:

Members of the USSDT are provided footwear and apparel by USSTAG Sponsors Atlantis WeatherGear and Sperry Top-Sider. Sailors who qualify for the 2010 USSTAG at US SAILING’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR will no longer be members of the 2010 USSDT. The 2010 USSTAG will be announced in February.

 About the US Sailing Development Team

The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Selected annually, the USSDT is supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING. The OSC’s mission is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC supports these athletes with coaching and by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition. 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. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: For more information about the US Sailing Development Team, please visit: