Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Sept. 17, 2012
Agnes Zawadzki (center), Gracie Gold (right) and Canada's Amelie Lacoste celebrate their 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic first-, second- and third-place finishes
Agnes Zawadzki won her first international senior title Sunday when she took home the women’s championship at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City.
Fellow American Gracie Gold had the highest score in the free skate, but Zawadzki had built a large enough lead in the short program to hang on for the title.
“It wasn’t a perfect program, but I felt like it was a lot better than last year,” Zawadzki said. “I didn’t let my mistakes rattle me and I kept pushing through.”
Max Aaron won his first senior men’s title, leading a U.S. sweep of the top four spots. Armin Mahbanoozadeh was second, followed by Ross Miner and Timothy Dolensky.
Americans Tiffany Vise-Don Baldwin earned the senior pairs bronze medal while Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt took an ice dancing bronze.
Elsewhere, American Nathan Chen won the ISU Junior Grand Prix title in Linz, Austria on Saturday. Hannah Miller and Samantha Cesario finished second and third, respectively.
Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx scored second-half goals Sunday to bring the U.S. women from behind for a 2-1 victory over Australia as the Fan Tribute Tour continued in Carson, Calif.
The team played before a crowd of 19,851 in its first return to its California training home since winning the London 2012 Olympic gold medal.
Morgan’s 55th-minute goal, on a Heather O’Reilly assist, was her 32nd in international play. She later drew a penalty that Boxx converted for the game-winner in the 63rd minute.
The United States has won 13 straight, including to first two games of the tour, to improve to 22-1-1 in 2012.
The tour continues Wednesday with a rematch against Australia in Commerce City, Colo. The match will be the final one under head coach Pia Sundhage.
Six wrestlers with Senior World Championships experience earned berths on the 2012 World Championships team at the Women’s World Team Wrestle-Off Saturday in Colorado Springs.
Iris Smith will be back in the World Championships for the first time since winning a gold medal in 2005.
Smith, Elena Pirozhkova, Adeline Gray, Helen Maroulis, Alyssa Lampe and Leigh Jaynes each swept two straight bouts in the final.
Clarissa Chun, a 2008 world champion, already had an automatic spot on the team after earning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The seven wrestlers will compete Sept. 27-29 at the Women’s World Championships in Strathcona County, Canada.
Spain defeated the United States to advance to the Davis Cup finals. David Ferrer defeated John Isner in four sets Sunday to clinch the victory.
“It has been a very positive year for us on the U.S. Davis Cup Team,” U.S. captain Jim Courier said. “We have been given the most difficult draw that you can have in this era to play the teams we have on the road and we had some great wins and we had some competitive losses.
“There is a lot for this team to be proud of.”
Spain took the first two points Friday when Ferrer defeated Sam Querrey in four sets and Nicolas Almagro outlasted Isner in a five-set match that took more than four hours.
Olympic and U.S. Open doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan gave the United States a point Saturday with a four-set doubles victory over Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.
Sarah Haskins and Jarrod Shoemaker won their second career titles at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y.
Haskins finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2:03:05. Shoemaker finished in 1:52:44.
The event featured athletes from 11 countries and also served as the Buffalo ITU Pan American Cup.
American Greg Billington was second overall among men while claiming his second straight Under-23 national title. Kaitlin Shiver also repeated as Under-23 national champion while finishing fourth among women.
ARCHERY: Reo Wilde shot a perfect score of 150 in the compound men’s gold-medal match at the Texas Shootout in College Station. Jamie Van Natta (compound women), Brady Ellison (recurve men) and Jennifer Hardy (recurve women) also won senior titles at the final tournament for archers to attempt to win spots on the 2013 national team.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Emily Day and Summer Ross won the World University Championships of beach volleyball Sunday with a 21-16, 21-19 victory over Spain’s Alejandra Simon and Cristina Hopf in the final at in Maceio, Brazil. Caitlin Ledoux-Geena Urango finished fifth.
Elsewhere, Olympians April Ross and Jake Gibb were the winners of the National Volleyball League (NVL) Best of the Beach tournament Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas. Players tried to earn individual points based on their success with different partners in each match.
WATER SKI: The six U.S. water ski teams — Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Under 13, Veteran 1 and Veteran 2 — competing at the 2012 Malibu Pan American Water Ski Championships all earned team gold medals. The United States earned 29 of a possible 48 golds and a total of 72 individual medals in the event, which concluded Saturday in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Elsewhere, the U.S. Water Ski Show Team won the title at the inaugural IWWF World Show Ski Tournament in Janesville, Wis., Saturday and Sunday.
TRACK AND FIELD: Molly Huddle and Ben True won USA 5 Kilometer Championships Sunday in Providence. Huddle led throughout on the way to a four-second win in 15:29.9. True edged Andrew Bumbalough by one-tenth of a second in 13:52.0.
CYCLING: Todd Wells won Pro Men and Pua Mata won Pro Women, two of the 15 titles awarded Saturday at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in Bend, Ore.
DIVING: The United States finished ninth at the FINA World Junior Championships for synchronized swimming, which ended Sunday in Volos, Greece.
ROLLER SPORTS: Erin Jackson and Justin Stelly had third-place finishes in the senior women and senior men 500 meters Friday at the Inline Speed Skating World Championships in Italy. The junior women’s 5,000 relay team was seventh while the senior women’s 5,000 meter relay team, and Hailey Leech, in the junior women 500, were ninth.
FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S. junior men shut out Chile 2-0 Saturday to finish 3-0 in the pool play portion of the Junior Pan American Field Hockey Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. junior women beat Trinidad & Tobago 9-1 Friday before falling to Chile 2-1 Saturday for their first loss in four games. Pool play concludes with a game against Jamaica Monday.
EQUESTRIAN: The United States finished sixth in the team standings at the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, an equestrian event that concluded Sunday in Lezirias, Portugal.
ROWING: A total of 68 gold medals were awarded at the inaugural USRowing Masters Head Race National Championships in Cleveland Sunday. The event drew more than 400 rowers from 40 clubs from 18 states. For complete results, click here.
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.