Top Para-Triathletes Selected To National Team

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  • Published May 18, 2011

The country’s most accomplished para-triathletes will  represent the US at major races, including the ITU Para-triathlon World Championships in Beijing this September.

USA Triathlon has announced an 11 strong team of Para-triathletes to represent the national team in 2011.

This decorated group has combined for 14 medals and eight world titles at the ITU Para-triathlon World Championships. Seven of these 11 inspirational athletes have reached the podium at the world championship level, and five earned national titles at the 2010 USA Para-triathlon National Championship.

Two-time world champions named in the 2011 squad include Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (TRI-6, Philadelphia, Pa.), Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.), Sarah Reinertsen (TRI-2, Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.).

Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.), a world champion in 2010 and last year’s USA Para-triathlon Athlete of the Year returns to the team for a second straight season.

Additional world championship medalists on the squad include three-time silver medal winner Scout Bassett (TRI-2, Los Angeles, Calif.) and Craig Vogtsberger (TRI-3, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who earned silver in 2010 in Budapest.

First-time USA Para-triathlon National Team members for 2011 include Michael Johnston (TRI-5, San Diego, Calif.), Vogtsberger and Patricia Walsh (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.). Johnston finished seventh in his debut at the ITU World Championships in 2010. Walsh posted the fastest time in the Physically Challenged Open Division at the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon.

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