Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Sept. 24, 2012

By Tom Robinson | Sept. 24, 2012, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

Sean Rosenthal competes

The teams of Jenny Kropp-Whitney Pavlik and John Hyden-Sean Scott capped successful seasons Sunday by winning the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series National Championships in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Kropp-Pavlik won their sixth series event this season, beating Lauren Fendrick-Rachel Scott 21-14, 21-18 in the final.

April Ross and Jen Kessy, the Olympic silver medalists in London, withdrew Friday afternoon, reportedly because Kessy suffered a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Hyden-Scott won their fifth event by beating two-time U.S. Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the final. It was Gibb-Rosenthal’s final match together.

“I have a lot of respect for that team,” Scott said of the Olympians after the 21-15, 21-12 victory. “I’m so glad we got to play them in their last match together.”

While Hyden-Scott are done for the season, Kropp-Pavlik still plan to compete in an FIVB World Tour event in Thailand Oct. 23-28


Leah Keiser and Jason Brown gave the United States a sweep of the singles gold medals at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Istanbul, Turkey.

Keiser was third after the short program, but produced the highest free skate score to win in her Junior Grand Prix debut. Brown, who won the Junior Grand Prix Final last season, earned his second medal of the season. Fellow American Shotaro Omori finished fourth.

Americans Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter were fourth in ice dancing, one spot ahead of Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.


Amber Neben finished fourth in the elite women’s race Saturday at the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands. Neben, a 2012 Olympian, finished the 128.8-kilometer race in 3:15:02, just 15 seconds from a medal.

Evelyn Stevens, a silver medalist in the elite women’s time trail Tuesday, finished 16th. Larry Warbasse was 18th in the men’s U-23 road race.

Elsewhere, Marian University won the Division I team omnium title Saturday at the Collegiate Track National Championships in Frisco, Texas. Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the Division II team title.

Colton Barrett of Marian and Colleen Hayduk of Kutztown University won individual omniums.


Robin Caruso and David Kyle won paraduathlon titles at the ITU Duathlon World Championships Saturday in Nancy, France.

Caruso won the women’s TRI-4 category while Kyle won the men’s TRI-3 category. Caruso finished in 1:13:24 and Kyle in 1:05:52 on the 5-kilometer run, 20-kilometer bike, 2.5-kilometer run course. Michael Johnston was second in men’s TRI-5 in 1:02:23.

D’Ann Arthur was 16th in the women’s elite race on a 10-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course. Dan Hedgecock led the U.S. men in 26th.

Elsewhere, Dave Slavinski and Elizabeth Waterstraat won overall titles at the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship Saturday in Oklahoma City. Slavinski, the runner-up last year, finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:07:20 to win by 16 minutes.

The Club National Championship was held at the same site Sunday. Tri OKC won the Division I title for clubs with 250 or more members.

Other club titles went to Rufus Racing, Kansas River Valley Triathlon Club, Wichita Triathlon Team and Team 3xFast.


All four U.S. bowlers earned first-round byes by completing qualifying in the top eight at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships in Limassol, Cyprus. The top 24 men and 24 women advance to the best-of-five bracket matches.

Kelly Kulick led women’s qualifying with a 237.7 average for 12 games. Shannon O’Keefe qualified fourth. Tommy Jones qualified second and Chris Barnes fifth among the men.

The tournament continues through Tuesday.


WRESTLING: Veronica Carlson earned a silver medal in women’s freestyle at 67 kg/147.5 pounds Saturday at the Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix Finals in Baku, Azerbaijan. Les Sigman won his final bout for a men’s freestyle bronze medal at 96 kg/211.5 pounds Friday.

Elsewhere, five-time champion Brad Swartz claimed a silver medal in the Division D (51-55 years old) 76 kg weight class for the best U.S. finish at the Veterans World Championships Saturday in Budapest, Hungary.

SOCCER: Jane Campbell made 12 saves Saturday, allowing the United States to escape with a scoreless tie against France in its first Group B game at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Lankaran, Azerbaijan. The United States, which is 13-0-2 in international play this year, plays Gambia Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET.

FIELD HOCKEY: Nikki Parsley scored both goals when the U.S. women defeated Chile 2-1 Saturday to take the bronze medal at the Pan American Junior Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. The third-place finish qualified the United States for the Junior World Cup. Chile beat the U.S. men, 3-2, in overtime for the bronze medal Sunday.

TRACK AND FIELD: Max King defended his title at the USA 50-Kilometer Trail Championships at home in Bend, Ore. King won in 3:33:10. Erica Larson won the women’s title and was seventh overall in 4:11:28.

SQUASH: Olivia Fiechter won all three of her matches in the U.S. Women’s Team Trials in Stamford, Conn., to claim the final spot on the roster for the Women’s World Team Championships to be held Nov. 12-17 in Nimes, France. The 17-year-old joins Natalie Grainger, Sabrina Sobhy and Kristen Lange on the roster. 

WEIGHTLIFTING: Marissa Klingseis finished sixth in the 69+ kg division at the IWF Youth Weightlifting Championship in Kosice, Slovakia. Tayler Jakubsen was seventh in the Youth 94 kg B session.

MODERN PENTATHLON: Natalie Bowman was 41st for the top U.S. finish at the UIPM Youth World Championships in Tata, Hungary.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for 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.