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1 January 2004, 05:07 pm
Champions Crowned
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USA Junior Olympic Festival
Coral Reef Yacht Club ,Miami

After four days of racing in US SAILING's Junior Olympic Sailing Festival - Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the champions in eight classes were crowned on Tuesday-afternoon.
Olympic gold medalist Magnus Liljedahl was on-hand to present the top three finishers in each class with a medal. Coral Reef Yacht Club and the US Sailing Center of Miami hosted the 620 youth sailors - who came from four countries, 26 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands - making it the largest and fastest growing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival in the country.

Miami sailor Julian ROOTS clinched the Optimist Green title beating Eric Lawrence (Palm City, FL) by 25 points. Stephanie ROBLE (E. Troy, WI) won both the Optimist Red Fleet and the overall Optimist championship over 220 boats. In her acceptance speech, she thanked her parents, her coaches, team members, the race committee, and the Coral Reef Yacht Club.

In the Laser class, it came down to the final race. Robert NOONAN (Los Angeles, CA) won the race to clinch the title by just one point over Thomas BARROWS (St. Thomas, VI). In the Laser Radial fleet, Canadian Ethan HOLTZER (Toronto, Ontario) won the final race in the 80-boat fleet to regain his lead and take the championship.

In the 102-boat Club 420 class, Parker DWYER and crew Cody JONES of Stuart, FL, placed 12th in the final race. It was enough to retain their lead to take the overall Club 420 award over Jackson BENVENUTTI/Ryan HAMILTON (Mandeville, LA).

In addition to the medals, two special awards were presented. The Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Trophy was presented by Liljedahl himself to Elizabeth NEWBERRY of Miami, FL. The Arthur Merrill Trophy for THE top southern Florida Optimist sailor was awarded to Sean Moynahan, also of Miami, FL.

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The event, presented by West Marine and also sponsored by Gill, is part of the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival, which helps young sailing enthusiasts, 18 years old and younger, who already have on-the-water experience develop their sailing skills while having fun on and off the water. The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival program is organized by US SAILING, national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Throughout 2003, more than 4,000 junior sailors participated in 20 Junior Olympic events at yacht clubs and community sailing programs across the country. West Marine, official marine retailer of US SAILING, is presenting sponsor of the program. Gill is official supplier of technical apparel.

For more information about USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals, please contact Lee Parks, US SAILING Inshore Director, at 401-683-0800 or via e-mail at More information on these events can also be found at
Final Results:

Laser 33 boats, 12 races:
1. Robert Noonan (Los Angeles, CA) 30 points
2. Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, VI) 31 Points
3. Bryan Buffaloe (San Diego, CA) 57 points

Radial 80 boats, 12 races:
1. Ethan Holtzer (Toronto, Ontario) 34 points
2. Chris Alexander (Fort Myers, FL) 38 points
3. Cy Thompson (St. Thomas, VI) 44 points

Club 420 102 boats, 12 races:
1. Parker Dwyer/Cody Jones (Stuart, FL) 73 points
2. Jackson Benvenutti/Ryan Hamilton (Mandeville, LA) 79 points
3. Becca Dellenbaugh/Keisha Pearson (Easton, CT) 110 points

29er 7 boats, 12 races:
1. James Doughty/Gareth Williams (Bermuda) 20 points
2. Brooks Reed/Matt Noble (Santa Cruz, CA) 21 points
3. Simon Karstoft/Charles Wright (Milwaukee, WI) 37 points

Optimist Green Fleet (novice age 15 & under) 87 boats, 14 races:
1. Julian Roots (Miami, FL) 28 points
2. Eric Lawrence (Palm City, FL) 53 points
3. Owen Siese (Bermuda) 58 points

Optimist White Fleet (age 10 and under) 37 boats, 11 races:
1. Ivan Aponte (Puerto Rico) 152 points
2. Jack Swikart (Rumson, NJ) 264 points
3. Pearson Potts (Pass Christian, MS) 351 points

Optimist Blue Fleet (age 11-12) 91 boats, 11 races:
1. Cameron Pimental (Bermuda) 113 points
2. Will Haeger (Lake Forest, IL) 152 points
3. Jason Kuebel (Clearwater, FL) 180 points

Optimist Red Fleet (age 13-15) 74 boats, 11 races:
1. Stephanie Roble (East Troy, WI) 35 points
2. Sean Moynahan (Miami, FL) 40 points
3. Adrian Hernandez (Puerto Rico) 42 points
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