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USA Archery team announced after trials

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Mason, OH (Sports Network) - With the final day of Olympic Team Trials completed, the US men's and women's archery teams were announced Saturday -- with a trio of first-timers among six headed to Athens in August. On the women's side two archers made their first-ever Olympic team, including top-ranked Jennifer Nichols, who dominated the competition on the way to a score of 4510 and a first-place finish.

Also making her first Olympic squad was Stephanie White-Arnold, who finished second behind Nichols with a score of 4251. White-Arnold entered the trials ranked 20th in the U.S. after a fourth-place finish at the Gold Cup -- her highest tournament placement ever.

"My dad (Rick White, also her coach) knew I would make the Olympic Team, but I never believed it," White-Arnold said. "It's hard to even put into words the utter joy and excitement I am feeling right now."

Like Nichols and White-Arnold, John Magera will be making his first trip to the Olympics after a third-pace finish on the men's side. He has shot in only four tournaments so far this year.

"My only goal was to get into the top 16 and if I did that, I would've been completely happy going home," said Magera, who scored 4472. "In the back of my mind, I thought I might be able to make the top eight, but never expected this. I don't think it's really sunk in yet that I am actually on the Olympic Team."

Finishing first in the men's trials was Vic Wunderle, who won Individual Silver and Team Bronze medals at the 2000 Games in Sydney. He finished with a score of 4610, ahead of three-time Olympian and 48-year-old Butch Johnson (4567). Johnson will compete on his fourth consecutive Olympic Team.

Janet Dykman, 50, finished third on the women's side with a score of 4227. She will be competing in the Olympics for a third time.

The alternate for the women's team will be 16-year-old Kendra Harvey, who finished fourth in the trials with a score of 4205. Jason McKittrick will be the men's alternate after a fourth-place score of 4461. He was also the alternate in 2000.

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Athens, Greece , from August 13-29, with archery competition taking place August 15-21 at the Panathinaiko Stadium -- where the first Modern Olympic Games were held.

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