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Triathlon - 01. February 2008.

USA Triathlon Announces Initial List of Athletes Eligible for 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 29, 2008) -- A total of 22 U.S. athletes are currently eligible to compete in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Triathlon scheduled for April 19 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The initial list is based on the 2007 end of the year International Triathlon Union Olympic rankings. USA Triathlon requires athletes be ranked in the top 125 in the world the week before the Olympic trials in order to compete. The list could change as athletes continue to compete and earn ITU ranking points at international events prior to the Olympic Trials.

Here is the preliminary list of eligible U.S. athletes:

Women (listed alphabetically)
Name (Hometown / Training Town)

Laura Bennett (N. Palm Beach, Fla. / Boulder, Colo. / Noosa, Australia)
Mary Beth Ellis (Rehoboth Beach, Del. / Thornton, Colo.)
Julie Swail Ertel (Irvine, Calif. / Irvine, Calif.)
Sarah Groff (Cooperstown, N.Y. / Boulder, Colo.)
Sarah Haskins Kortuem (St. Louis, Mo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Becky Gibbs Lavelle (Minnetonka, Minn. / Los Gatos, Calif.)
Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla. / Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Jasmine Oeinck (Littleton, Colo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Margaret Shapiro (Great Falls, Va. / Herndon, Va.)
Amanda Stevens (Enid, Okla. / Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Rebeccah Wassner (Gaithersburg, Md. / New York, N.Y.)
Joanna Zeiger (San Diego, Calif. / Boulder, Colo.)

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