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US Sailing Team - Under 18

Selected annually, the US Sailing Team – U18 is one of US SAILING’s new Olympic class development teams. These top youth athletes are identified as future Olympic prospects who are transitioning from youth programs to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. US SAILING provides the U18 team with elite-level coaching, as well as educational, administrative and logistical support throughout the year. US SAILING assists these team members in gaining invaluable experience by competing at major national and international regattas.

The 2009 US Sailing Team – U18 includes the top sailors in the Laser Radial (boys), Laser Radial (girls), 29er (open) and I420 (boys or girls) classes, who were born after January 1, 1991. US SAILING selected these top athletes based on outstanding sailing resumes, including regatta results and awards as well as a proposed training plan for the 2009 season.

The 2009 US Sailing Team – U18 is led by elite coaches, including US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Coach Leandro Spina for the doublehanded classes and Bern Noack for the singlehanded classes. These coaches work closely with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics High Performance Director/ Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen and US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Coach Luther Carpenter, as well as US SAILING’s Performance Enhancement Team (PET). The PET includes physical trainers, dietitians and sports psychologists, who assist the sailors at training camps and some events.

LaserPerformance is an official sponsor of the U18 team. Applications will be available for the 2010 team in November 2009, and the teams will be selected in January or February 2010.

Laser Radial Girls
Arielle deLisser Miami, Fla. Coral Reef Yacht Club Miami Palmetto Senior HS
Marissa Lihan Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lauderdale Yacht Club St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Emily Stubbs Rye, N.Y. American Yacht Club Rye HS
Laser Radial Boys
Chris Barnard Newport Beach, Calif. Newport Harbor Yacht Club Newport Harbor HS
Mitchell Kiss Holland, Mich. Macatawa Bay Yacht Club
Drew Shea Wilmette, Ill. Chicago Yacht Club New Trier HS
Mateo Vargas Treasure Island, Fla. St. Petersburg Yacht Club Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood HS
John Wallace St. Petersburg, Fla. St. Petersburg Yacht Club St. Petersburg Catholic HS
29er Open
Mac Agnese &
Ian Simms
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./
Sunnyvale, Calif.
Lauderdale YC/
St. Francis YC & San Francisco YC
Fort Lauderdale HS/
Homestead HS
Julia Paxton &
Samantha C.C. Childers
Sebastopol, Calif./
Coronado, Calif.

San Diego YC & Coronado YC
Analy HS/
Coronado HS
Antoine Screve &
James Moody
Kentfield, Calif./
Tiburon Calif.   
San Francisco Yacht Club/
San Francisco Yacht Club
Branson HS/
Branson HS
I420 Boys or Girls
Jordan Factor &
Matt Wefer
Mt. Kisco, N.Y./
Glen Head, N.Y.
Marlena Fauer &
Christina Lewis

New York, N.Y./
Ft Lauderdale, Fla.


Lauderdale YC & Miami YC

Nightingale-Bamford HS/
Pine Crest Preparatory School

Morgan Kiss &
Laura McKenna
Holland, Mich./
Palo Alto, Calif.
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club/
St. Francis Yacht Club
Ian Liberty &
Alex Whipple
Colt's Neck, N.J./
Plandome, N.Y.
Tom's River Yacht Club/
New York Yacht Club
Judge Ryan &
Chris Segerblom
San Diego, Calif./
Costa Mesa, Calif.
San Diego Yacht Club/
Newport Harbor Yacht Club

Newport Harbor High School, Da Vinci Academy
Oliver Toole &
Hans Henken
Santa Barbara, Calif./
Coronado, Calif.
Santa Barbara Yacht Club/
Coronado Yacht Club