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Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Aug. 26, 2013

By Tom Robinson | Aug. 26, 2013, 10:49 a.m. (ET)
2012 U.S. Olympian Gwen Jorgensen celebrates winning the ITU World Triathlon Series race on May 11, 2013 in Yokohama, Japan.

Gwen Jorgensen won the ITU World Triathlon Series race Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden, and in the process she took a step toward finishing first in the season-long competition.

The win was Jorgensen’s third in the World Triathlon Series, and it put her back on top of the series point standings. The 2012 Olympian finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1:55:31 to win by nearly 50 seconds. Earlier this season, Jorgensen won in San Diego and Yokohama, Japan, and added two other podium finishes earlier this year.

Jorgensen was about 45 seconds back in third place after the bike, but she took the lead over the first half of the run and stretched it out from there.

“What I want to do when I come into a race is have a good swim and bike,” said Jorgensen, who was on the track & field, cross country and swim teams at the University of Wisconsin before turning to triathlon.

Jorgensen leads the standings with three weeks remaining before the Grand Final on Sept. 14 in London.

Fellow 2012 Olympian Sarah Groff placed eighth. Greg Billington finished 17th in the men’s race Sunday.

SPEEDSKATING

J.R. Celski and Jessica Smith posted wins on three straight days and finished first in the overall classification of the U.S. Short Track Single Distance Championships. The championships in Kearns, Utah, determined the U.S. short track fall world cup teams.

“I train hard and I’ve put a lot of work in at practice this year and seeing it all come to fruition right now is great,” Celski said after his 500-meter win Saturday. “The Olympics are always in the back of everyone’s head. There’s another trials coming up in January and this one is to just get the bugs out.”

Jordan Malone finished first in the men’s 1,000 meters Sunday and third overall to land a world cup spot.

“I’m basically having to shake a lot of the rust off,” said Malone, 29. “It’s been a year-and-a-half since I’ve competed in a major competition. Last season, I was plagued with injury and illness and I thought I was going to quit.”

Chris Creveling, John-Henry Krueger, Eddy Alvarez and Jeff Simon joined Celski and Malone to make up the men’s team.

Alyson Dudek, Emily Scott, Sarah Chen, Lana Gehring and You Young “Sally” Chea joined Smith in making the women’s team.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Matt Fuerbringer took a break from coaching to win the Manhattan Beach Open Sunday with Casey Jennings. Fuerbringer had left beach volleyball competition five months ago to serve as assistant coach of the U.S. men’s indoor national team. He joined Jennings to knock off the top-seeded team of Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, 21-18, 21-23, 15-12, in the championship match of the final event of the AVP Tour.

It was a family victory for Jennings. His wife, three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings, teamed with Whitney Pavlik to defeat Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat, 22-20, 21-17, in the women’s final.

Walsh Jennings has won the Manhattan Beach Open six times and Pavlik three times, but this was their first title together.

Elsewhere, Kelly Schumacher and Summer Ross were eliminated from the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam with a 21-16, 21-10 first-round loss to Switzerland’s Tanja Goricanec and Tanja Huberli after going 1-2 in pool play.

Leah Hinkey and Emily Stockman were eliminated from the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Varadero, Cuba, with a 21-13, 21-18 quarterfinal loss to Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke after going 1-1 in pool play.

CANOE/KAYAK

The men’s kayak trio of Fabien Lefevre, Richard Powell and Michal Smolen provided the first U.S. medal of the world cup season when they earned silver in the men’s team event Saturday in the ICF Slalom World Cup Final in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The U.S. team thought it had won gold for almost an hour after the event’s conclusion until a penalty against Poland was overturned, moving Poland from third to first place by one-hundredth of a second.

Lefevre, Casey Eichfeld and Zack Lokken finished fifth in the team C-1 event. Lefevre was seventh in the men’s K-1 final.

Ashley Nee posted a career-best 12th-place finish Sunday in women’s K-1, just missing a spot among 10 finalists.

WATER POLO

The United States defeated Spain, 9-7, Sunday in Volos, Greece, to win its first FINA Women’s Junior World Championship since 2005. The United States reached the final by defeating Hungary, 12-10, in the quarterfinals Friday, and Greece, 10-3, in the semifinals Saturday.

Kiley Neushul scored three goals to lead Team USA. Rachel Fattal was named tournament MVP while Ashleigh Johnson was named top goalkeeper. The gold medal marks the third FINA Junior World Championship for the USA women joining titles in 2001 and 2005.

MODERN PENTATHLON

Margaux Isaksen and Army PFC Nathan Schrimsher took fifth in the mixed relay Sunday at the world championships in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

Isaksen and Schrimsher, who was competing in his first senior world championships, put up the second-best fencing score. Isaksen placed eighth overall in the women’s individual event.

Army Specialist Dennis Bowsher was 11th in the men’s individual event.

ROWING

Half of the 10 U.S. boats in action advanced Sunday morning when the 2013 World Rowing Championships got underway in Chungju, South Korea.

The men’s four team of Michael Gennaro, Henrik Rummel, Seth Weil and Grant James won its heat to reach Thursday’s semifinals.

The United States also advanced in lightweight men’s single sculls, lightweight women’s single sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls and women’s pairs.

Andrew Campbell Jr. won his lightweight single sculls heat to reach Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Michelle Sechser finished second in her lightweight single sculls heat.

Meghan Musnicki and Taylor Goetzinger won their women’s pair heat and Kate Bertko and Kristin Hedstrom won their women’s double sculls heat to reach Thursday’s semifinals. Competition will continue through Sept. 1.

CYCLING

Jackie Simes and Tela Crane each posted their third wins of the week Saturday night when the USA Cycling Elite Mass Start National Championships came to a close in Rock Hill, S.C.

Matthew Baranoski and Bobby Lea also won to add to their multiple national titles this season.

Simes and Lea, a two-time Olympian, defended their title in men’s Madison, the final event.

Crane won the women’s kieren and teamed with Cari Higgins to win the women’s Madison. Baranoski won the men’s sprint. Simes and Higgins won the men’s and women’s points race titles Friday.

ARCHERY

Braden Gellenthien took part in both U.S. gold-medal winning efforts at the world cup event in Wroclaw, Poland.

Gellenthien joined Reo Wilde and Dave Cousins in the compound men’s team event and Erika Jones in the mixed team event. Jones was also part of a silver medal in the compound women’s team event and earned silver individually. The United States also earned silver in the recurve men’s team.

Jones, Brady Ellison, Wilde and Gellenthien will represent the United States in the world championships, which begin Sept. 29 in Belek Antalya, Turkey.

VOLLEYBALL

The U.S. men defeated the Dominican Republic, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14, Friday to finish fifth at the Pan American Cup in Mexico City. Taylor Sander led all scorers with 17 points on a match-high 11 attacks, four aces and two blocks. The United States went 3-2 in the tournament while falling short of defending its title.

Elsewhere, the United States lost to Tunisia Sunday, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-22, to fall to 1-2 in Pool C at the FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championships in Izmir, Turkey. The United States, which lost to Serbia in straight sets Friday, will face Canada today.

WRESTLING

Aaron Pico has reached the gold-medal finals at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. in men’s freestyle on the final day of competition at the Cadet World Championships.

He won four straight matches to secure a spot in the finals against Yuhi Fujinami of Japan. Fujinami was on the 2012 Japanese Cadet World Team, but did not place last year.

Bo Nickal secured a spot in the bronze-medal round at 76 kg/167.5 lbs. with a 3-1 record so far. He will face Ali Mojerloo of Iran in a bronze-medal match.

The other three U.S. athletes competing on Sunday lost matches, and were not eligible for the repechage.

At 100 kg/220 lbs., cadet national double champion Lance Benick was defeated by 2013 European cadet champion Eren Dursun Turan of Turkey, 5-0. A Benick attack was countered by Turan, with the officials giving Turan two points. The U.S. challenged the call, which was denied, giving Turan a 3-0 lead at half. Turan was defensive in the second period, and scored another two points late in the period for the win. Benick was eliminated when Turan lost his next match.

Stevan Micic opened his competition at 54 kg/119 lbs. with a loss to Nematdin Rahmanov of Azerbaijan, 10-4.

At 46 kg/104.25 lbs., Devin Brown trailed early to Balasz Egyed of Hungary, and could not come from behind in a 7-5 loss. Brown was eliminated when Egyed lost in the next round.

TRACK & FIELD

The United States finished on top of the medal table at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships with 15 golds, 16 silvers and seven bronzes Friday through Sunday in Medellin, Colombia.

That count included 17 medals, seven of them gold, on the final day when the United States swept the relays and had a meet record performance from Megan Glasmann, who won the women’s javelin.

RUGBY

The United States fell to Canada, 13-11, Saturday in Toronto in a qualifier for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Canada won both games in the series to clinch a berth in the tournament. The United States now has to play Uruguay for the final Americas spot in the World Cup. Takudzwa Ngwenya scored the only try for the United States.

SAILING

David Klatt’s Ventura Yacht Club team pulled out the title in the U.S. Adult Sailing Championships, a three-day competition that concluded Sunday in Rochester, N.Y.

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

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