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PHOENIX, Arizona - If you want to represent Team USA at the World Archery Championships in Denmark this summer, you'll have to work incredibly hard to get there. The level of competition during Thursday's second half of qualifications for the Team Trials proved to be a grueling contest that came down to point-for-point matchups, and the remainder of the Team Trials promises serious excitement for Team USA fans.
Athletes made an initial qualification for the Team Trials by finishing in the top 16 per gender of American shooters during the AAE Arizona Cup qualification rounds on Wednesday. This event consisted of 72 arrows shot at a distance of 70 meters, similar to the qualification format of the Olympic Games.
Those top 16 men and top 16 women who made the initial cut advanced to a second 72 arrow qualification round on Thursday, which followed the same format. The top 10 athletes per gender, based on the combined scores of both qualification rounds, advanced to the next phase of the Team Trials: Sunday's round robin matchplay, during which each archer will shoot against each other archer once.
Women advancing to Sunday's round robin matchplay are: Khatuna Lorig; Mackenzie Brown; Anna Miscione; LaNola Pritchard; Ariel Gibilaro; Miranda Leek; Lauren Clamon; Michelle Gilbert; Branduin Stroud; and Karissa Yamaguchi.
Male competitors continuing in the Team Trials are Zach Garrett; Brady Ellison; Jake Kaminski; Collin Klimitchek; Jacob Wukie; Sean McLaughlin; Matt Requa; Jeremiah Cusick; Chris Webster; and Butch Johnson.
During this Team Trials event, athletes receive bonus points for qualification round scores, matchplay wins, and their average scores. Complete information is detailed in the team selection procedures. After Sunday's round robin matches, archers will advance to the next stage of the Team Trials, which will be held later this month at the Easton Foundations Gator Cup.
The two-stage Team Trials process is designed to choose the most competitive team of athletes to represent the U.S. at the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark later this year. The World Archery Championships is Team USA's first opportunity to qualify a full men's team and women's team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The same team will also compete at the Pan American Games.
USA Archery will be live tweeting results from the Team Trials as they become available. There will not be live scoring online for these Team Trials events; fans are encouraged to follow USA Archery's general news feed and results feed on Twitter for standings. Photos and video will also be available on USA Archery's Instagram and Facebook.
Official Results Following Qualification Rounds:
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