USA Luge announces next gen national team
LAKE PLACID — USA Luge announced the names of its Junior National Team and Junior C and D teams for the 2022-2023 season on Thursday. With Junior World Championship, Junior World Cup and Youth World Cup medalists headlining the team, it’s safe to say the future looks bright.
“We see lots of good, young talent in these athletes,” said Pat Anderson, Junior National Team head coach and two-time junior world champion. “I expect that many of these athletes will eventually move up to the national team, and ultimately, put themselves in the mix for Olympic selection in 2026 and 2030. The 2022-2023 Junior World Cup tour will continue to be a stepping stone to those goals.”
In an abbreviated season due to an injury, Matt Greiner, of Park City, Utah, a bronze medalist at the 2022 Junior World Championships, has been named to the Junior National Team “A” Team. He also grabbed a pair of gold medals in the first two Junior World Cups of the year.
Greiner will be joined in the “A” group by the doubles team of Maya Chan, of Chicago, Illinois, and Reannyn Weiler, of Whitesboro. Chan and Weiler recorded three bronze medals in women’s World Cup doubles racing last winter, the first season for the discipline. They were fourth in the World Championship. Their strong campaign also placed them on the USA Luge National “A” Team, to be announced next week.
Emma Erickson, of Park City, Utah, and Elana Morrison, of Twin Lake, Michigan, are the two women athletes on the Junior National “B” Team.
Their men’s singles counterparts on the “B” squad will be Marcus Mueller, Aidan Mueller (no relation), Hunter Harris and Ansel Haugsjaa.
Marcus Mueller, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, was the 2022 Youth World Cup doubles champion with Haugsjaa. Mueller also finished runner-up in the Youth World Cup singles rankings.
Aidan Mueller, of West Islip, was fourth overall last year in both Youth singles and doubles and scored two bronze medals internationally. In the latter discipline, he raced with Frank Ike.
Harris, from East Fairfield, Vermont, gradually improved over the course of the Junior World Cup schedule before hitting his stride in the spring Norton seeding races. In those competitions at the Utah Olympic Park, he collected gold and silver medals in seeding events and a silver in the Norton Youth National Championships.
Haugsjaa was a steady Youth World Cup singles performer, with a cluster of results just outside the medals. Haugsjaa, of Framingham, Massachusetts, finally hit the podium in the final event in Bludenz, Austria.
In the Junior National “B” group, Marcus Mueller will partner with Haugsjaa in doubles, along with Aidan Mueller and Ike, of Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Junior “C” Team
(Youth/Youth Olympic Games Eligible,
With Year of Birth)
Logan Barnes, 2005, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gavin Davis 2006, Berwick, Pennsylvania.
Adeline Albert 2007, Worthington, Ohio.
Sadie Martin 2007, Vermontville.
Josh Berzowski 2008, Pulaski, Wisconsin.
Joey Heuser 2006, Park City, Utah.
Haidyn Bunker 2007, West Farmington, Ohio.
Goldie Miller 2006, Englewood, Ohio.
Nathan Bivins 2008, Castleton.
Jonathan Howard 2006, Syracuse.
Emma Ford 2007, Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Theresa Prehn 2005, Saratoga Springs.
Seth Coates 2007, Potsdam.
Wolfgang Lux 2007, Swanton, Vermont.
Ella Gelston 2007, Park City, Utah.
Maggie Richardson 2006, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Orson Colby 2006, Riverton, Utah.
Tomas Ziemiecki 2005, Mason, New Hampshire.
Brianna Gosnell 2006, Evansburg, Pennsylvania.
Macey Schomaker 2005, Park City, Utah.
Darryl Cooper 2006, Lake Placid.
Elizabeth Kleinheinz 2007, Santa Clara, California.
Talia Tonn 2007, Cecil, Wisconsin.
Caylin Weaver 2007, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Junior “D” Team (Youth B Class)
Tristan Gable 2010, Camano Island, Washington.
Molly Schomaker 2010, Park City, Utah.
Dane Ahrens 2008, Duluth, Minnesota.
Kendall Achen 2009, Manheim, Pennsylvania.
Quattro McDonald 2010, Park City, Utah.
Miriel Schomaker 2012, Park City, Utah.
Brock Bartol 2007, Suamico, Wisconsin.
Lillian Arnold 2008, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
Andrew Robertson 2008, South Jordan, Utah.
Christopher Brand 2008, Downers Grove, Illinois.
Rebecca Cramer 2007, Kimberly, Wisconsin.
Ben Wingfield 2009, Park City, Utah.
Hayes Carlson 2009, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Kylie Landberg 2008, Puyallup, Washington.
Gabriel Desautels 2008, Georgia, Vermont.
Breckan Luedke 2009, Menasha, Wisconsin.
Riley Dombard 2008, Downers Grove, Illinois.
Ellie McCarty 2008, Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Finn Gibson 2010, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
Emryn McCarty 2009, Swampscott, Massachusetts.
Joshua Hobday 2010, Wilmington.
Cailey Peterson 2007, Greenleaf, Wisconsin.
Cooper McCarty 2008, Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Kassandra Schaeberle 2008, Concord, Massachusetts.
Michael Montegari 2009, Remsen.
Elin Weaver 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana.
AJ Prahm 2008, North Liberty, Iowa.
Sinatra Robles 2010, Castleton, Vermont.
Jonathan Sigg 2011, Columbus, Ohio.
Chase Somers 2008, Saginaw, Michigan.
Jack Wolfe 2009, Fishers, Indiana.