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U.S. Biathlon Announces 2024-25 Senior National Team and National Development Group

by Sara Donatello

Midway, Utah - The United States Biathlon Association has released the nominated members of the 2024-25 Senior National Team and 2024-25 National Development Group. While U.S. Biathlon remains committed to maintaining high standards for National Team qualification, it also is focused on providing ample opportunities for developing athletes to train and be part of a larger, collaborative team community within the sport and the development pipeline.  Establishing the National Development Group is an important initiative in support of this goal and the organization’s 2030 plan. 

Senior National Team


Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, WI/Army World Class Athlete Program)

Campbell Wright (Wanaka, NZL/U.S. Biathlon)


Vincent Bonacci (Salt Lake City, UT/Team Crosscut)

Jake Brown (St. Paul, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH/National Guard Biathlon)

Maxime Germain (Chamonix-Mont Blanc, FRA/National Guard Biathlon)

Margie Freed (Apple Valley, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)


Nikolas Burkhart (Olympic Valley, CA/Team Crosscut)

Grace Castonguay (Jackson, NH/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, MN/National Guard Biathlon)

Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, WA/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, VT/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

The National Team is coached by U.S. Biathlon National Team Head Coach Armin Auchentaller, and Assistant Coach Emil Bormetti. Both Auchentaller and Bormetti are heading into their third season coaching the National Team.

“With the new season coming up, we are excited to offer access to elite training plans and camps to a larger pool of athletes through the Senior National Team and National Development Group,” said U.S. Biathlon National Team Head Coach Armin Auchentaller. “I am looking forward to working with the athletes and hope that they can use this opportunity to continue to improve over the summer and feel prepared for the upcoming 2024-25 race season.” 

The National Development Group aims to support athletes who have not yet met National Team criteria, and provide a pathway that eventually can lead to a National Team nomination. To view the 2024 National Development Group selection criteria, click HERE.

National Development Group

Sarah Beaulieu (Fort Fairfield, ME/Auburn Ski Club)

Cheresa Bouley (Zimmerman, MN/Minnesota Biathlon)

Luke Brown (St. Paul, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Travis Cooper (Kenai, AK/National Guard Biathlon)

Lina Farra (Heber City, UT/NYSEF)

Anna French (Plymouth, MN/Team Altius)

Jackie Garso (Lake Clear, NY/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT/National Guard Biathlon)

Michaela Keller-Miller (Plymouth, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Chloe Levins (Rutland, VT/Team Crosscut)

Lexie Madigan (Truckee, CA/Auburn Ski Club)

Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, WA/National Guard Biathlon)

Dolcie Tanguay (Fort Kent, ME/Paul Smith’s College)

“We are incredibly excited to expand U.S. Biathlon coaching and team support to a larger group of athletes,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance Lowell Bailey. “As we continue to see growth in domestic participation, and improvement in international results, it is evermore important that U.S. Biathlon assists athletes at all levels of the development pipeline. The National Team will always sit at the top of that pipeline, but it’s important that aspiring athletes have a pathway and support on their way to the top. The National Development Group provides that “bridge.” Congratulations to all of the nominees and I am looking forward to another great training year to come.”

*Please note that the team naming is subject to change pending final board approval.