The USA Archery team trials had archers compete in a 72-arrow ranking round and then the top-eight men and women advanced to round robin match-play. Trenton Cowles, the No. 1 ranked archer on the cadet recurve United States Archery Team, swept the event winning the qualification round and five of seven matches to lock up the men’s spot for the Youth Olympic Games.
“It finally feels like my hard work is paying off,” Trenton said. “The hours of shooting every day and hundreds of arrows are worth it. I want to do my best for the country to uphold that status and make everyone proud.”
With the 2020 Olympics as his ultimate goal, Trenton added, “This is a great step because it’s going to give me the same kind of pressure and experience that I hope to see at the actual Olympics and the trials leading up to the Olympics.”
Catalina GNoriega, the recurve women’s trials winner, will also represent Team USA in Buenos Aires. Catalina climbed from a third-place qualification rank to the top of the standings, also winning five of seven matches.
Catalina was ecstatic at the team announcement. “At first when I finished, I didn’t think I was going to make the team, and when they called my name I was shocked.” On representing Team USA, she added: “It means a lot, being able to represent my country and be the only woman in the country who gets to go is amazing. I’m looking forward to shooting, competing and doing my best.”
About USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States.
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