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April 09, 2015

Road to Rio Begins With Arizona Cup Qualifications

The top 16 qualifiers from the United States in the recurve men's and recurve women's categories made the cut for the World Archery Championships Team Trials.

Why does that matter? The World Archery Championships is Team USA's first opportunity to qualify a full men's and women's team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This team - which will eventually be narrowed to just three women and three men, following a rigorous two-event team selection process - will also represent the United States at this summer's Pan American Games.

These archers will go on to compete in a second 72 arrow ranking round this afternoon, which will further cut the field to ten archers per category. Those competitors will advance to round robin matchplay - in which each archer competes against each other archer once - on Sunday. The second stage of the Team Trials, and the naming of the team, will take place at the Easton Foundations Gator Cup later this month. Check out the complete team selection procedures for more details.

Top 16 women from Arizona Cup qualifications: Khatuna Lorig, Mackenzie Brown, Anna Miscione, LaNola Pritchard, Lauren Clamon, Ariel Gibilaro, Eliana Claps, Miranda Leek, Michelle Gilbert, Elizabeth Caughell, Heather Koehl, Karissa Yamaguchi, Erin Mickelberry, Jenna Ahn, Madison Eich, Branduin Stroud.

Top 16 men: Zachary Garrett, Jake Kaminski, Brady Ellison, Collin Klimitchek, Dan Schuller, Sean McLaughlin, Matt Requa, Jeremiah Cusick, Jacob Wukie, Daniel McLaughlin, Vic Wunderle, Chris Webster, Butch Johnson, Joseph McGlyn, Nathan Yamaguchi, Thomas Stanwood.

USA Archery will be live tweeting results from the U.S. Team Trials for the World Archery Championships. Follow USA Archery on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for coverage throughout the week. 

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