Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Dec. 3, 2012
Missy Franklin won her third title Saturday night as the AT&T Winter National Swimming Championships came to a close in Austin, Texas.
Franklin, who also had a silver and a bronze medal in the three-day meet, picked up her third gold by finishing the 200-yard backstroke in 1:19:18, just two-hundredths of a second off the American record set last year by Elizabeth Pelton.
Franklin, who also won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke Friday, was the high-point award winner among women. Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy shared the men’s award.
Grevers won the 100 freestyle Saturday after setting an American record while winning the 100 backstroke in 51.10 on Friday. He also won the 50 freestyle on Thursday. Murphy won the 200 back on Saturday.
Katie Ledecky started Saturday’s action by setting a meet record in the 1,650-yard backstroke in 15:28.36. The 15-year-old Olympic gold medalist was on pace to set the American record for more than half the race. She also won the 500 freestyle on Thursday.
Among the other highlights: Kevin Cordes set American records in the breaststroke on consecutive nights. He won the 100 in 51.10 Friday and the 200 in 1:50.73 Saturday.
Tom Shields set meet records in the butterfly twice. He won the 100 in 44.88 Friday and the 200 in 1:40.24 Saturday. Michael McBroom, who won the 500 freestyle on Thursday, added a victory in the 1,650.
Laura Sogar won the 100 breaststroke Friday and the 200 backstroke Saturday. Evan Pinion won the 200 men’s backstroke on Saturday. Ricky Berens set a meet record while winning the men’s 200 freestyle on Friday. Chase Kalisz (400 IM) also won men’s races Friday.
Alex Morgan scored 44 seconds into the game and Megan Rapinoe added a goal later in the half Saturday as the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Ireland, 2-0, to improve to 5-0-2 on its Fan Tribute Tour.
The match, in front of a crowd of 11,570 in 63,000-seat University of Phoenix Stadium, was the USA's seventh in a 10-game "Fan Tribute Tour" for the Olympic champions. The final three matches are against China, with the first on Dec. 8 at Ford Field in Detroit.
With the game barely underway, Morgan's shot from the left side found the net just inside the right post. It was her 28th goal of the year. With three matches to go, the prolific 23-year-old forward is on pace to become the third player in U.S. history with 30 goals in a calendar year. The others are Abby Wambach (31) in 2004 and Michelle Akers (39) in 1991. Morgan also earned her 19th assist of the year, fourth-most on the U.S. list.
Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety repeated past successes at North American sites with World Cup skiing victories Sunday.
Vonn set an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup record by winning for the seventh straight time at Lake Louise, Alberta. The three-time Olympian edged teammate Julia Mancuso for a 1-2 U.S. finish in the super-G Sunday after winning downhill races there Friday and Saturday with teammate Stacey Cook finishing second each time.
“Every athlete has their favorite hill where they feel confident and comfortable,” Vonn said. “I know the hill like the back of my hand and have confidence knowing I have won here in the past.”
Vonn continued her path back from an illness and hospitalization and moved into third in the World Cup standings despite missing two races. With the win, Vonn now has 56 total World Cup victories, which is second all-time.
Ligety made the most of the only U.S. stop on the men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour with an impressive victory in Sunday’s Birds of Prey giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety was fourth in the super G Saturday.
Ligety had a .78-second lead after one run in the giant slalom and extended it to win by 1.76 seconds. He has won the first two giant slalom races of the World Cup season by a combined 4.51-second margin.
“It’s great winning in front of the home crowd especially by that kind of margin,” said Ligety, a two-time Olympian who is second in the World Cup overall standings. “It’s so nice to have so many friends and family here and on this slope.
“This hill has always treated me well and it’s fun to ski here.”
Three of Ligety’s 13 career World Cup wins have come at Beaver Creek.
Elsewhere, Kikkan Randall finished second in Saturday’s 5K freestyle World Cup cross country race in Kuusamo, Finland, for her best career finish. Randall was fifth Sunday in the Ruka Triple 10K classic pursuit.
Bryan Fletcher finished 14th in the Nordic Combined World Cup event in Kuusamo.
Elizabeth Price won the all-around title on Saturday while Danell Leyva finished fifth in the all-around Sunday at the World Cup event in Stuttgart, Germany.
Price, an alternate for the London 2012 Olympic Games, produced a score of 58.098 to win by 2.532. Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, finished first in the horizontal bar.
Elsewhere, the United States earned four medals in the Pan American Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico.
Kalon Ludvigson and Marina Moskalenko won men’s and women’s tumbling gold medals. Kristie Lowell earned silver in the women’s double mini-trampoline. Austin Nacey added a men’s tumbling bronze in his first international event as a senior.
The United States claimed gold in the women’s tournament and silver in the men’s as the NORCECA Circuit came to a close Sunday in Oranjestad, Aruba.
The second-place finish allowed the United States to capture the men’s points championship. The U.S. women had already clinched the points title.
Tealle Hunkus and Summer Ross defeated Mexico’s Bibi Candelas and Martha Revuelta, 21-19, 21-17, in the women’s final.
Avery Drost and Will Montgomery fell to Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros 21-15, 21-12 in the men’s championship match.
It was the second straight win for Ross, who won with Emily Day at Trinidad & Tobago.
“I thank God for this victory,” said Ross, who made her first visit to Aruba. “I love this place and their beautiful people.”
BOBSLED/SKELETON: Noelle Pikus-Pace earned gold and silver medals in the women’s skeleton during the first stop of the Intercontinental Tour in Whistler, British Columbia. Pikus-Pace placed second in the first pair of races. The 2010 Olympian and former world champion won the gold medal by rallying with a strong second run on the second day. Annie O’Shea finished 15th and 14th in her first international competition following summer knee surgery. Matt Antoine, who also is working his way back from knee surgery, led the U.S. men with a fifth-place finish in the first race.
LUGE: Two-time Olympian Erin Hamlin placed 11th in women’s singles and the men’s doubles team of Matt Mortensen and 2006 Olympian Preston Griffall matched that finish at this weekend’s World Cup event in Koenigssee, Germany. Emily Sweeney was 12th in women’s singles while Olympian Chris Mazdzer finished 15th in men’s singles. Sweeney qualified for the weekend by finishing fourth in Friday’s Nations Cup race.
SPEEDSKATING: J.R. Celski earned a silver medal in the men’s 1,000-meter A final Saturday at the Samsung ISU World Cup in Nagano, Japan. Jessica Smith won the women’s 1,500 B final Saturday. On Sunday, Travis Jayner finished third in the men’s 500 A final while Alyson Dudek, Smith, Sarah Chen and Emily Scott took second in the women’s B relay.
ICE HOCKEY: Rico Roman assisted on two third-period goals and was named U.S. Player of the Game after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Norway in the first game of the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary. The United States allowed just six shots, none in the second period.
CYCLING: Katie Compton rallied on the last lap to win a UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup event for the third time this season with a victory in Roubaix, France Sunday. Amy Dombroski finished 11th. Jeremy Powers led the U.S. men, finishing 22nd.
BIATHLON: Two-time Olympian Tim Burke finished 18th Saturday in the 10K Sprint at the IBU World Cup.
RUGBY: The U.S. women placed ninth-place overall in the 16-team event at the first IRB Women’s Sevens World Series tournament in Dubai. Wins over China, 36-7, and France, 26-12, Saturday produced the Bowl. Vix Folayan scored two tries against China and one against France. The U.S. men went 1-4, losing to South Africa, 22-14 in the Bowl semifinals after beating Spain, 14-12.
WATER POLO: Mackenzie Barr scored seven goals and Alys Williams scored six Sunday when the U.S. women routed India, 34-0, in their first game at the FINA Youth World Championships in Perth, Australia. The U.S. men lost to Hungary, 10-9, in their opener.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.