*A Press Release from JSerra Catholic High School
(San Juan Capistrano, CA)—JSerra’s Aquatics Director, Julie Ertel has been commissioned by President Obama to represent America in the Opening Ceremonies of the XVI Pan American Games.
“Representing our country in the Pan American Games is a very high honor,” said Ertel, a 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist in the Triathlon and 2000 silver medalist, women’s water polo. “Having attended as a athlete on three occasions, I love the games and I am excited to experience the in this new way.”
President Barack Obama announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation that will attend the Opening Ceremony on October 14, 2011 in Mexico. The Honorable Earl Anthony Wayne, United States Ambassador to Mexico will lead the delegation.
“We are proud to have Mrs. Ertel represent America in the Pan American Games,” said JSerra President Frank Talarico. “Her work as our Aquatics Director at JSerra continues to be an inspiration to our athletes and her talents are evident as she coaches our two Olympic qualifiers.”
About Julie Ertel
Coach Ertel is a two-time, two-sport Olympian. She captained the silver medal winning women’s water polo team from the 2000 Olympic Games. She spent 3 years coaching the UCI Women’s Water Polo team before taking time off to become a professional tri-athlete and make another attempt at the Olympics. In 2008, she realized this dream when she competed in her 2nd Olympic Games, this time, in the sport of triathlon. Ertel joined the JSerra staff in July 2009 after seeing great potential in the program and the athletes at JSerra.
About JSerra Catholic High School
Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.