The events began on Friday, July 23, with the youth division. Despite having a 56-second handicap, 14-year-old Brendan Anderson managed to come from behind and secure first place. His competition was dominated by 17 and 18 year-old pentathletes. For the female youth, Anna Olesinski claimed the gold medal. Like Anderson, Olesinski overcame a handicap—a 1:04 minute handicap—during the combined event to take her spot on the top of the podium. Olesinski will be representing the United States in the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
On Saturday, Beijing 2008 Olympian Margaux Isaksen won by a decisive margin over her competition. Isaksen, who also won the National Championship in 2009, finished the combined event with a 1:06 minute lead. Isaksen led through every event, although Suzanne Stettinius did briefly manage to overtake her. Stettinius finished with a silver medal and Samantha Achterberg, who also competed in the youth division, took home a bronze medal for her showing. Achterberg chose to compete at both levels due to the exclusion of riding at the youth level.
The men’s competition took place on Sunday. William Brady, after spending much of the day in fifth place, overcame his competition in the combined event to take home the gold medal and title of national champion. Brady had a perfect 1200 point ride and placed first in the combined event with a time of 11:20. Beijing 2008 Olympian Eli Bremer took second place despite leading throughout much of the day. Rounding out the podium was Dennis Bowsher earning the bronze medal. Nathan Schrimsher, who will represent the United States at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, took the opportunity to use this competition as preparation. Schrimsher placed seventh overall.
For more information on National Championships and other upcoming events, please visit USA Modern Pentathlon at http://www.usapentathlon.org.