Monday, December 21, 2009

World Junior Racquetball Championships - Round Up

No official word from the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) on the team competition results from the 21st World Junior Racquetball Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. However, The Racquetball Blog has done a medal count and based on that it appears that the United States has won the overall title with 15 total medals: 6 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze.

The USA was led by two double gold medalists. Jose Rojas won both singles and doubles in the Boys 18 and under divisions while Aubrey O'brien won the Girls 16 & under singles title and the 18 & under doubles title.

Mexico seems to have just eked past Bolivia for second place overall. Mexico had 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals compared to Bolivia's 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Coming fourth (unofficially) seems to be Ecuador, whose players had 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, which puts them just ahead of both Canada and Costa Rica, who both had 3 bronze medals each.

Players from four other countries won 1 bronze each: Columbia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Ireland. Aisling Hickey and Ciara Mcmanamon of Ireland could have the distinction of winning their country's first ever medal at World Juniors.

In all, players from 10 different countries won medals at this year's World Juniors tournament, which The Racquetball Blog believes could be a record.

21st World Junior Championship
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Medal Summary by Country
USA - 6 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze
Mexico - 3, 3, 5
Bolivia - 3, 3, 3
Ecuador - 0, 1, 2
Canada - 0, 0, 3
Costa Rica - 0, 0, 3
Dominican Republic - 0, 0, 1
Venezuela - 0, 0, 1
Columbia - 0, 0, 1
Ireland - 0, 0, 1

Girls 18 & under

1st Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia)
2nd Sheryl Lotts (USA)
3rd Christina Cordova (Ecuador) & Danielle Key (USA)

1st Danielle Key & Aubrey O'brien (USA)
2nd Yazmine Sabja & Maria Jose Vargas (Bolivia)
3rd Jessica Parrilla & Rocio Enriquez Gatz (Mexico) and Cristina Cordova & Maria Paz Munoz (Ecuador)

Girls 16 & under

1st Aubrey O'brien (USA)
2nd Sofia Rascon (Mexico)
3rd Frédérique Lambert (Canada) & Adriana Riveros (Bolivia)

1st Amanda Lindsay & Jessica Munoz (USA)
2nd Adriana Riveros & Carolina Ona (Bolivia)
3rd Aisling Hickey & Ciara Mcmanamon (Ireland) and Daniela Gascon & Elena Robles Molina (Mexico)

Girls 14 & under

1st Lucia Gonzalez (Mexico)
2nd Ximena Gonzalez (Mexico)
3rd Kelani Bailey (USA) & Masiel Rivera (Bolivia)

1st Kelani Bailey & Abbey Lavely (USA)
2nd Masiel Rivera & Natalia Mendez (Bolivia)
3rd Michelle Morissette & Zoe Hanson (Canada) and Alexandra Herrera & Regina Franco (Mexico)

Boys 18 & under

1st Jose Rojas (USA)
2nd Alejandro Cardona (Mexico)
3rd Roland Keller (Bolivia) & Taylor Knoth (USA)

1st Jose Rojas & Jose Serrano (USA)
2nd Jose Daniel Ugalde & Juan Diego Rodriguez (Ecuador)
3rd Javier Melendez & Ignacio Sabate (Costa Rica) and Conrad Cole & Colin Mohr (Canada)

Boys 16 & under

1st Carlos Keller Vargas (Bolivia)
2nd Marco Rojas (USA)
3rd Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) & Misael Lejia (Mexico)

1st Jorge Luis Michel & Carlos Keller Vargas (Bolivia)
2nd Joshua Hungerford & Nick Montalbano (USA)
3rd Carlos Santos & Alejandro Acostarubio (Venezuela) and Juan Felipe Garzon & Sebastian Franco (Columbia)

Boys 14 & under

1st Javier Estrada (Mexico)
2nd Zachary Wertz (USA)
3rd Andres Acuna (Costa Rica) & Sam Reid (USA)

1st Javier Estrada & Eduardo Garay (Mexico)
2nd Adam Manilla & Zachary Wertz (USA)
3rd Andres Acuna & Andres Fabian Montecinos (Costa Rica) and Francisco De-leon & Junior Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)

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