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2008-09 U.S. Developmental Team announced

Members will receive funding for training and development

Agnes Zawadski finished fourth in the intermediate division of the 2008 U.S. Championships.
Agnes Zawadski finished fourth in the intermediate division of the 2008 U.S. Championships. (Paul Harvath)

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(07/23/2008) - U.S. Figure Skating is pleased to announce the members of the 2008-09 Developmental Team. Each athlete on the team will receive supplemental funding in the amount of $1,000 to enhance his or her training and development.

Developmental team athletes are chosen based on the following criteria:

• Athletes are chosen each year solely by their placement at the previous year's U.S. Figure Skating Championships or U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.

• Athletes placing fourth, fifth or sixth in novice ladies, novice men, novice pairs or novice ice dancing at the previous year's U.S. Championships are automatically placed in the Developmental Team Envelope.

• Athletes placing in the top three of all disciplines in the juvenile and intermediate levels at the previous year's U.S. Junior Championships are automatically placed in the Developmental Team envelope.

• All athletes must be planning to compete in the 2009 qualifying season, and pairs and dance teams must remain together in order to remain in the Developmental Team envelope and receive funding.

• In the event that a team splits, or an athlete quits, becomes injured or is unable to compete in qualifying competitions for some other reason, the Athlete Development Committee (ADC) decides on a replacement in order of their placement at the championships. (For example, if the second-place intermediate pairs team is no longer skating together, the ADC may select the fourth-place intermediate pairs team as a replacement provided that that team fulfills the other criteria mentioned above) A replacement is not mandatory.

Of the skaters named to the team this year, Alexander Zahradnicek and Alexander Aiken had the best performances in 2008, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the intermediate division at the U.S. championships. Aiken finished second in the short program; Zahradnicek had the second-best free skate. On the women's side, Agnes Zawadski fared the best in 2008.

The group also includes the 2008 intermediate champions in all four divisions -- Nina Jiang, Joshua Farris, Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton, and Joylyn Yang and Jean-Luc Baker -- and all the juvenile champions -- Leah Keiser, Kevin Shum, Olivia Oltmanns and Tyler Broderick, and Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fast.

Here is the full Developmental Team:

2008-09 U.S. Developmental Team
Ladies Men Pairs Ice Dancing
Agnes Zawadzki (N4) Alexander Zahradnicek (N4) Kloe Bautista and
Galvani Hopson (N4)
Anastasia Olson and
Jordan Cowan (N4)
Song King (N5) Alexander Aiken (N5) Cassie Andrews and
Nicholas Anderson (N5)
Katie Wyble and
Justin Morrow (N5)
Kendall Wyckoff (N6) Victor Travis (N6) Lauren Farr and
John Kern (N7)
Elyse Matsumoto and
Patrick Mays (N6)
Nina Jiang (I1) Joshua Farris (I1) Kylie Duarte and
Colin Grafton (I1)
Joylyn Yang and
Jean-Luc Baker (I1)
Kelly Nguyen (I2) Jason Brown (I2) Becky Du and
Stevan Evans (I2)
Susan Enright and
Michael Bramante (I2)
Lauren Dinh (I3) Jay Yostanto (I4) Lauren Gifford and
Carson Bodnarek (I4)
Kirsten Seagers and
Nicholas Taylor (I5)
Leah Keiser (J1) Kevin Shum (J1) Olivia Oltmanns and
Tyler Broderick (J1)
Madeline Heritage and
Nathaniel Fast (J1)
Haley Mulera (J2) Ryan Santee (J2) Caitlin Fields and
Max Settlage (J2)
Danvi Pham and
Vu Pham (J2)
Thy-Thy Pham (J3) Nathan Chen (J3) Emily Chan and
J. Daniel Vallecilla (J3)
Danielle Gamelin and
Alexander Gamelin (J3)

Table Key
N = Novice
I = Intermediate
J = Juvenile
# = Represents placement in the respective division of the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the 2008 U.S. Junior Championships.