MARQUETTE – The United States Olympic Education Center has selected athletes of the winter 2009 semester for speedskating, weightlifting, women’s freestyle and Greco-roman wrestling.
U.S. Speedskating chose Northern Michigan University sophomore Kristen Biondo (Broadview Heights, Ohio). On the national level, Biondo placed 10 at the U.S. Championships (St. Louis, Mo.). She also placed third and fourth at the American Cup II (Green Bay, Wis.) and American Cup Final (Midland, Mich.), respectively. Internationally, Biondo placed second overall at the North American Championships (Madison, Wis.). Even after a two-year retirement, she renewed her senior category one ranking with U.S. Speedskating. Among her athletic accomplishments, Biondo was also named to the USOEC All-Academic Team for her 3.9 grade point average.
NMU sophomore Robin Feuerman (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) was selected by the USOEC Weightlifting team. Feuerman brought home a gold medal in the 63 kilogram weight class at the National Junior Championships (Foster City, Calif.). She will compete in the Junior World Championships (Bucharest, Rom.) in June.
“The Juniors [World Championships] has been my dream for five years now,” said Feuerman. “It’s almost unreal that I’ve made it now. I like being the best at everything I do and I’m working hard and doing the best I can here.”
For women’s freestyle, freshman Schuyler Brown was chosen as the distinguishable athlete. Brown placed first at the FILA Junior National Championships (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and the University National Championships (Akron, Ohio). She also took a bronze medal in the Senior National Championships (Las Vegas, Nev.). She was named Outstanding Wrestler at the FILA Junior National Championships and will represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships this summer in Turkey. Brown will train at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. next year.
Max Nowry (Wheeling, Ill.) was selected as athlete of the semester for the Greco-Roman wrestling team. Nowry was the 50 kg champion at the FILA Junior National Championships (Las Vegas, Nev.). He also placed fifth at the Senior Greco National Championships (Las Vegas, Nev.) and second at the University National Championships (Akron, Ohio). Internationally, Nowry was a gold medalist and the Outstanding Wrestler in the Petro Sirakove and Ivan Iliev Junior International Tournament.