Lindsay Pian, 20, a Scottsdale native and Chaparral High School graduate, shot her way onto the 2007 USA Archery World Championship Team and 2007 US Pan American Championship Team at the two-day USA World Team Trials April 21-22 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Pian, along with 18-year-old Brady Ellison of Glendale, will compete in Brazil in the Pan Am Games and in Germany at the World Championships in July.
“I am really looking forward to this summer of competition representing the USA,” Pian said. “I have been a USA World team member several times as a junior and a collegiate. Earning the opportunity as a senior is a thrill.”
The trials competition included a qualifying round at four distances including the 70-meter Olympic distance.
Pian led the field at 70 meters.
The top eight archers then competed in 12-arrow round-robin matches.
Pian finished with the second highest round-robin match average score, which was just above 2004 Olympian Jennifer Nichols and just below 2000 Olympian Karen Scavotto. Scavotto, Nichols and Pian will now train together as a team.
Pian, an academic and collegiate All-American at Arizona State, competed as a Sun Devil in 2005-06 where she won the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championship and competed in the World University Games in Slovakia.
In the year leading up to Beijing and the Olympics, Pain will also compete in world ranking events and championships in Brazil, Germany, Italy and Turkey.
“After this summer of competition, I have to get ready for the USA Olympic Trails in Atlanta, Georgia in September,” Pian said.
Pian’s success did not come without sacrifice.
She took a leave of absence from ASU to train full time at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, with USA Archery national coach Kisik Lee and more than a dozen other resident archery athletes.
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing has more meaning for Pian as a second-generation American-born Chinese. Her grandfather, Richard H.J. Pian, was part of the design group for the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China.
The 2007 Arizona State Junior Olympic Archery Development Championship took place April 21 at Papago Archery Range despite rain, heavy wind and temperatures which dropped to 50 degrees.
“When the whistle blew to start shooting, they shivered once or twice and put on their game faces and began to shoot at targets 20 and 70 meters away,” according to Papago FITA Archers PR man Richard Doria.
Top finishers in the Compound Bow divisions were: David Bullard, Jr. (Chandler, male, yeomen, first); Britini Gibbs (Queen Creek, female, bowman, first); Skylar Van Patter (Phoenix, female, bowman, second); Colt Van Patter (Phoenix, male, bowman, first); Makenzie Kiebora (female, cadet, first); Cassandra Votruba (Chandler, female, cadet, second); Matt Ballard (Phoenix, male, cadet, first); Max Engstrom (male, cadet, second); Robyn Repp (Scottsdale, female, junior, first) and Kevin Hensberry (Phoenix, male, junior, first).
In the Olympic Recurve Bow divisions the top finishers were: Sami Lopez (Phoenix, female, yeoman, first); Talon Burnelle (Phoenix, male, yeoman, first); Justice Burnelle (Phoenix, male, yeoman, second); Zach Hamman (Tucson, male, bowman, first); Patrick Mulvany (Mesa, male, bowman, second); Shawn Lopez (Phoenix, male, bowman, third); Ryan Christiansen (Tucson, male, cub, first); Lindsay Komlos (Scottsdale, female, cadet, first); Kyle Pelton (male, cadet, first); Steven Lopez (Phoenix, male, cadet, second); Max Lambert (male, junior, first) and Tony Don (male, junior, second).
In addition to Allan Bower’s results reported in last week’s column, Scottsdale Xtreme gymnasts won three gold medals, seven silver, three bronze and also had 20 additional placings in the top 10 at the recently completed men’s Region I championships April 14-20 in Honolulu.
Achieving top 10 finishes were: at Level 6 (10-11 years and 12 and older) Jubal Chaney, second on floor exercise; Alex Magsam, second on vault and Dustin Welch, sixth on floor, 10th in pommel horse, sixth in rings, 10th parallel bars and 10th all-around.
At Level 5 (7-8 years, 10-11 years, 12 and older) Heath Anderson was fifth on rings and first on parallel bars; Caleb Burchett finished second on floor, sixth on pommel horse, fourth on rings, seventh on vault and fifth all-around; Jared Friedman was fourth on floor and fourth on vault; Brandon Hansen finished eighth on floor, third on rings, second on vault and eighth all-around; Skyler Johnson was eighth on floor; Alex Roesler was sixth on floor, seventh on pommel horse, second on rings, fifth on vault and third all-around and Nathan Wilson won the vault.
There were several other clubs from the area who qualified athletes for the Region I championships.
Aspire Jr. Sun Devils Gymnastics sent eight athletes to Hawaii: Riley Barclay (age 16), Brock Leinberger (16) and Jordan Jensen (17), all level 10; Bryton Boucher (15), level 8; Tyler Patel (11) and Jerrett Jensen (11), level 7; Austin Nguyen (11), level 6 and Parker Johnson (age 10) level 5. Patel and Jerrett Jensen won fourth- and fifth-place medals, respectively, on vault. Jerrett Jensen also qualified for event finals on the floor exercise and Barclay qualified to attend Junior Nationals next month in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Aspire Jr. Sun Devils are coached by Dan Hayden and practice at the Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler.
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