By Tom Robinson | Nov. 05, 2012, 12 p.m. (ET)
Heather Richardson skatesHeather Richardson of the United States rounds a curve during her 1000m race at the Essent ISU World Single Distances Championship Speed Skating.

Speedskater Heather Richardson had a big weekend in national competition, giving her reason to look forward to the start of the international season in two weeks.

Richardson won the 1,500 meters Sunday to complete a five-race sweep of the women’s distances at the U.S. Single Distance Long Track Championships in West Allis, Wis. The event, which began Friday, served as a qualifier for the Fall World Cup and determined the athletes that will represent the United States in the first five events.

The other U.S. women who made the team are Olympians Lauren Cholewinski, Maria Lamb, Elli Ochowicz and Jilleanne Rookard, and 2014 hopefuls Brittany Bowe and Sugar Todd.

The men’s team will be Olympians Shani Davis, Tucker Fredricks, Brian Hansen, Jonathan Kuck, Trevor Marsicano and Mitch Whitmore, and 2014 hopefuls Jonathan Garcia, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia and Patrick Meek.

The teams will travel to the Essent ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Nov. 16-18.

“I’m looking forward to the first World Cup in Heerenveen,” Richardson said. “The stands are always packed, and it’s always fun and there’s a lot of energy.”

Richardson won the 500-meter races Friday and Saturday as well as the 3,000 meters Friday and the 1,000 meters Saturday.

Bowe and Rookard finished second and third behind Richardson Sunday in the 1,500. Bowe also was second in the 1,000 meters. Todd’s third-place finish in the 500 sealed her first trip to the podium.

Davis, the only man to win back-to-back gold medals in the 1,000 at the Olympic Winter Games, won at that distance Saturday. Hansen was second. Garcia, a former short track competitor, was third for his first long track podium finish.  Ochowicz, who had retired following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, took third at 1,000.

Davis also won the men’s 1,500, followed by Hansen and Mantia.

Whitmore was first in the 500 both days it was held. Hansen won the 5,000 Friday.

FIGURE SKATING

Each of the three U.S. entries at the Cup of China, an ISU Grand Prix event held in Shanghai, finished in fourth place.

Olympian Mirai Nagasu competed in the women’s event and Adam Rippon in the men’s.

Madison Chock and 2010 Olympian Evan Bates tied their best Grand Prix finish together in ice dancing.

Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan had been scheduled to compete in the pairs competition but withdrew because of Reagan’s rib injury.

ICE HOCKEY

The U.S. Junior Select Team piled up a 50-30 shot advantage but fell to Canada West 4-3 in a shootout Saturday in Barrington, Nova Scotia, in its only tune-up for the World Junior A Challenge.

“I think this game really prepares us for the tournament,” coach Brett Larson said.

The United States plays Canada East Monday and Switzerland Tuesday.

J.T. Stenglein and Austin Cangelosi, teammates on the United States Hockey League’s Youngstown Phantoms, accounted for the scoring in Saturday’s loss. Stenglein had two goals and Cangelosi scored shorthanded.

Elsewhere, two U.S. teams are scheduled to begin international events Tuesday.

A dozen Olympians will be in action for the United States at the Women’s Four Nations Cup, which begins in Finland with a Tuesday game against Sweden.

The Under-18 Men’s Four Nations Tournament will be held at Ann Arbor, Mich., where the United States will begin pursuit of a fifth straight title in a Tuesday game against Finland.

Etc.

SOFTBALL: Winning pitcher Jake Rutt hit two home runs Sunday when the United States defeated India, 9-2, to improve to 3-0 in pool play at the International Softball Federation IX Junior Men’s World Championships in Parana, Argentina. Rutt took over in relief and struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings. The United States downed Denmark, 8-1, in Friday’s opener, then handled Singapore 16-1 in three innings Saturday. The first seven U.S. batters scored in the bottom of the first against Singapore.

FENCING:  Geoffrey Loss won gold at the Kiev Junior Saber World Cup in Ukraine Sunday. Loss defeated Kostiantyn Voronov of Ukraine,15-12, in the final.

Elsewhere, Jackie Dubrovich won bronze at the Luxembourg Junior Foil World Cup Sunday. Brian Kaneshige also earned a bronze medal the day before.

RUNNING: Cody Moat finished in 3:08:26 Saturday to win the USA Marathon Trail Championships by more than six minutes in Moab, Utah. Kerri Lyons was the top female finisher by more than four minutes.

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.

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