Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: April 1, 2013

By Tom Robinson | April 01, 2013, 10:46 a.m. (ET)
Kyla Ross competes in the floor exercise in the women's gymnastics qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012.

Kyla Ross won the senior all-around title to lead the United States to a women’s gymnastics tri-meet victory over Romania and host Germany in Chemnitz.

Ross, a member of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal-winning U.S. team, posted a 59.300 to win the all-around.  Simone Bills and Peyton Ernst tied for the senior all-around silver at 58.000. Maggie Nichols, Brenna Dowell and Lexie Priessman were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Bailie Key won the junior all-around with a 58.000.


Freestyle: Emily Cook won her sixth U.S. aerials titles Saturday night at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in Heavenly, Calif.

“This is such an awesome end to a really great season,” said Cook, a two-time Olympian.

Dylan Ferguson won his third straight men’s title.

Earlier on Saturday, Joe Discoe won his third dual moguls title while Sophia Schwartz won the women’s championship for the first time.

In Friday’s moguls competition, Heather McPhie defended her title and Bradley Wilson captured the men’s title over his brother, Bryon Wilson.

Elsewhere, Keaton McCargo and Thomas Rowley won dual moguls titles Saturday at the FIS Junior World Championships in Valmalenco, Italy. It was the second world junior title of the week for McCargo. She won the moguls Wednesday.

Kaitlyn Harrell finished second to McCargo Saturday.


The United States defeated Denmark 8-3 on Saturday to open the Ford World Men’s Championships in Victoria, British Columbia. The United States then fell to 1-2 with a pair of losses Sunday, 7-6 to Japan and 8-4 to Switzerland.

Brady Clark is captain of the team that is trying to lock up a spot in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The United States sits eighth in a points battle that will determine seven of the 10 Olympic berths when the competition concludes on April 7.

Sean Beighton, Darren Lehto, Philip Tilker and Greg Persinger join Clark on the team that faces Sweden and defending champion Canada Monday.


Brittany Roberts won the 72 kg/158.5-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler Saturday at the University Women’s Nationals in Oklahoma City.

The seven champions will make up the U.S. team for the World University Games, which take place July 10-16 in Kazan, Russia.

Victoria Anthony won her second straight title at 48 kg/105.5 pounds.

The other World Team qualifiers were: Candace Workman (51/112), Sarah Hildebrandt (55/121), Alli Ragan (59/130), Jennifer Page (63/138.5), Veronica Carlson (67/147.5).

Tonya Keegan won at 77 kg/169.75 pounds, which is not part of the World University Games.

Kayla Miracle of Indiana (121 pounds) and Becka Leathers of Oklahoma (130 pounds) repeated as champions in the Girls Folkstyle Nationals, which also concluded Saturday in Oklahoma City.


Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat won an all-United States final Sunday at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, beating Brittany Hochevar and Summer Ross, 19-21, 21-17, 21-15.

Fopma and Sweat also had to rally for a win in the semifinals where they beat Mexico’s Bibi Candelas and Martha Revuelta, 19-21, 21-18, 15-6.

“It is never fun to play against a team of your own country,” Fopma said. “We feel glad about this early success in the season.”

Hochevar and Ross rallied in their semifinal to beat Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas of Canada, 22-24, 21-14, 16-14.

Brad Keenan and John Mayer reached the men’s final before losing to Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico, 21-14, 21-17.


LUGE: Theresa Buckley won her third Norton Youth A National Championship Saturday and Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Buckley had the best combined time of four runs — two each day. Katy Simi, daughter of three-time Olympian Bonnie Warner-Simi was second. Riley Stohr won the men’s Youth A division.

CYCLING: Todd Wells and Lea Davison won titles at the US Cup Triple Crown, a Pro Cross-Country Tour event in Fontana, Calif.

RACQUETBALL: Rhonda Rajsich and Sharon Jackson defeated Mexico’s Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas 15-5, 15-7 on Saturday for the women’s doubles gold medal at the Pan Am Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia. Rajsich also earned silver in women’s singles. Marco Rojas took the silver medals in men’s singles and, along with Jansen Allen, in men’s doubles.

RUGBY: The United States shut out Scotland 17-0 Sunday in the plate final at the Tokyo Sevens. After going 1-1-1 in pool play, the United States fell to New Zealand 19-12 in the cup quarterfinals to fall into plate competition. A 21-19 win over Fiji in the plate semifinal set up the highest finish by the U.S. men in the last two seasons. Folau Nina set up scores by Andrew Durutalo and Nick Edwards.

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.