2 local athletes place at Karate nationals

Aug 07, 2013

Two Mukilteo athletes placed in the USA Karate Nationals held July 11-14 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.

North Sound Karate at 3211 Broadway in Everett took four athletes to the competition. All athletes medaled and three athletes made the national karate team.

Maureen Stevens and Theo Pardike placed third in their respective divisions.

Stevens took bronze in the female 35 and over novice kumite (sparring) division. Pardike took bronze in the male 14-15 elite kumite (sparring) division, and made the USA Karate national team as an alternate.

Also competing were Marina Hrycenko, of Everett, and Aleen Mills, of Snohomish.

Hrycenko placed third in both kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) in the female 12-13 elite divisions and made the USA Karate national team in both.

Mills placed third in advance kata (forms) and second in the 16-17 year old female elite kumite (sparring) division, making the USA Karate national team.

"I'm most happy for the amount of work the kids put into it,” said Sensei Casey Mills. “I tell them that it can't be results based. I try to instill in these athletes that the results are a byproduct of the preparation.

“I love seeing the results that we have because they are a justification of the time and effort put in, and that will really help [the athletes] moving on later in life.”

Aleen Mills will be traveling to Medellin, Columbia at the end of August for the Pan American Championships. She first competed in the championships two years ago in Fortaleza, Brazil, where she took silver in kumite (sparring).

As an alternate, Pardike will also be training for the Pan American Championships.

These athletes trained five days a week two months out from the event, up to seven hours a day.

“Just under 70 competitors were selected for the national team, and that four of them were from our school is nice,” Sensei Mills said. “[It] shows the hard work they put in."

-Edited by Beacon staff

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