Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: July 15, 2013

By Tom Robinson | July 15, 2013, 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Amanda Polk, Simonds Kerry, Emily Regan, Lauren Schemetterling, Grace Luczak, Caroline Lind, Victoria Opitz, Heidi Robbins, Katelin Snyder of the U.S. win the gold medal in the women's eight during the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup III on Lucerne Rotsee on July 14, 2013 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The United States set a world record and had eight crews win medals during the weekend at the Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The women’s eight team set a world-record time of 5:54.16. Coxswain Katelin Snyder, Heidi Robbins, Vicky Opitz, Caroline Lind, Grace Luczak, Lauren Schmetterling, Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds and Amanda Polk formed the record-setting team. The women’s eight beat Romania by 6.2 seconds. Canada took the bronze.

“This feels absolutely incredible,” Robbins said.

The men’s eight and men’s four also won gold medals. The men’s eight team was Zach Vlahos, Tom Peszek, Thomas Dethlefs, Steven Kasprzyk, Glenn Ochal, Austin Hack, Nareg Guregian, Ross James and Ian Silveira.

Grant James, Seth Weil, Henrik Rummel and Mike Gennaro formed the men’s four team.

Eleanor Logan earned silver in women’s single scull while Kate Bertko and Kristin Hedstrom did the same in lightweight women’s double sculls.

“The team right now has a really positive vibe — the men and the women,” Logan said. “The future looks really good right now. We all know it’s 2013, and Rio is a ways away, but this is a good base layer."

The United States also earned bronze medals in the women’s pair and the women’s double sculls.

Three crews — the women’s double sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls and women’s pair — earned the opportunity to race at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in South Korea, Aug. 25-Sept. 1.

Elsewhere, the Vesper Boat Club swept the men’s, women’s and overall point trophies at the USRowing Club National Championships in Camden, N.J.


Katie Hursey won a World Cup title in her first season as an elite triathlete.

Hursey ran to the championship of the ITU Triathlon World Cup event Sunday in Palamos, Spain.

The former Syracuse University runner, who joined the sport as part of USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilomer run in 2:01:19.

Hursey was sixth after the swim, then had the fastest bike split of the day.

“I just looked at it as a swim race, a bike race and a run race,” said Hursey, who will compete again this weekend at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series event in Hamburg, Germany. “I tried my hardest in all three and it worked out today."

Another American, Erin Jones, finished sixth. Greg Billington led U.S. men, finishing 15th.

Elsewhere, at The Hague-Kijkduin, Team USA picked up six off-road triathlon world championship medals and one world title Saturday at the 2013 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships.

Kathy Hudson led the way as the top American finisher, winning her age group for the second time in the three-year history of the event. Hudson won the 50-54 age group in convincing fashion, logging a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, 16 seconds on the 1-kilometer swim, 26-kilometer mountain bike and 9-kilometer cross country run course. Her time was more than 14 minutes faster than the next closest competitor.


The U.S. men’s soccer team has matched its longest winning streak.

Chris Wondolowski led the way, scoring two goals when the United States defeated Cuba, 4-1, Saturday to land a spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals and stretch its winning streak to seven. The other seven-game winning streak came in June 2007 and produced a Gold Cup title.

The United States needed to rally for its latest victory in Sandy, Utah.

Cuba opened the scoring before Landon Donovan tied the game, 1-1, on a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.

Joe Corona put the United States ahead in the second half, and then Wondolowski came off the bench to score twice in the final 20 minutes.

Wondolowski, who was named Budweiser Man of the Match, has five goals in two tournament games — the most goals scored by a U.S. player in a single Gold Cup tournament.

The United States will play Costa Rica at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday in East Hartford, Conn., but has already assured itself of advancing out of group play.


The U.S. women’s volleyball team defeated Japan Friday and Saturday in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., to complete a three-match sweep of the USA Volleyball Cup and improve to 8-0 in Karch Kiraly’s first season as coach.

Nicole Fawcett had 24 points Saturday in a 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 15-10 victory to complete the sweep. Fawcett had 18 kills, three blocks and three aces.

The United States is ranked first in the world while Japan is third. Both teams will be competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix, which begins Aug. 2.

Elsewhere, the U.S. men were eliminated from the FIVB World League after finishing 4-6 in Pool A, including a pair of weekend losses to host Brazil.

Brazil, the pool champion, won the match, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 Sunday. Carson Clark led the United States with 17 points on 14 kills, a block and two aces.

Brazil also won Saturday, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 28-26.


Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson claimed a bronze medal at the FIVB Grand Slam Saturday in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Gibb and Patterson defeated Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, the reigning world champions from the Netherlands, 21-18, 21-18, for third place.

The team now has a gold, a silver and a bronze medal in five Grand Slam events plus a silver medal in the World Cup Finals in its first season together.

“It wasn’t an easy choice,” Gibb said in a FIVB news release. “It was a crazy choice, but I’m sure glad I made it.

“His best finish was a ninth on the World Tour, but I knew he didn’t have the right partner. I knew what a competitor he was; that is what sold him to me. He wants to win more than anybody."

Meanwhile on the women’s side, three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings returned to the sand for the first time since the birth of her daughter, Scout. Walsh Jennings joined new partner April Ross to go 3-0 in pool play before falling in the round of 16 to finish tied for ninth. Last summer at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor defeated Ross and Jen Kessy in the gold-medal match.

“We each saw a glimpse of our potential and that’s amazingly exciting,” Walsh Jennings said. “I think we can be the most dominant side in the world and I think this is a great start."

The teams of Summer Ross-Emily Day and Jennifer Fopma-Brooke Sweat finished tied for fifth after losing in the quarterfinals.

Elsewhere, the United States picked up both bronze medals at the FIVB U19 World Championships in Porto, Portugal. The teams of Sara Hughes-Kelly Claes and T.J. DeFalco-Lucas Yoder each pulled out three-set wins in their third-place matches.


Brady Ellison defeated Jacob Wukie in a meeting of 2012 Olympic teammates in the recurve men’s final at the U.S. Open in Hamilton, Ohio. Ellison and Wukie both shot perfect 30s in their last set.

Rodger Willett Jr. and Erika Jones won the compound titles. Miranda Leek earned silver in women’s recurve.

Ellison also won the recurve men’s title, and Jones also won the compound women’s title in the U.S. National Target Championships, which were held earlier in the week in Hamilton. Braden Gellenthien won the compound men’s title and Leek won the recurve women’s.


Danell Leyva produced the highest all-around score at the Men’s National Qualifier in Colorado Springs, Colo. Leyva, the Olympic all-around bronze medalist, had the top scores for the parallel bars and high bar. Leyva had already qualified but 14 others used the event to advance to the P&G Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.


Team captains Leroy Davila, a light flyweight, and Cam F. Awesome, a super heavyweight, won gold medals Saturday at the Makar Mazai Memorial in Mariupol, Ukraine. Flyweight Malik Jackson and heavyweight Michael Hilton added bronze medals.


The United States advanced to the championship game of the General Tire World Cup before falling, 6-3, to Japan in Oklahoma City, Okla. Japan opened a 5-0 lead in the first 1½ innings, and although Team USA tried its best to rally from the early deficit, it could not overcome Japan. Lauren Gibson hit a home run in the loss.

The United States reached the final with a 10-3, five-inning win over Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the United States rallied. Amber Freeman had a pair of two-run homers while Taylor Thom and Kourtney Salvarola also went 2-for-3.

The U.S. women’s team will be back in action July 16-July 22 to play in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C.


Myles Porter (100 kg) and Adnan Gutic (81 kg) won titles Saturday at the IBSA Para Pan American Games for blind and visually impaired athletes in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dartanyon Crockett added a silver medal at 90 kg and Steve Mulhern a bronze at 100+ kg.

Cynthia Simon (57 kg), Sara Luna (70 kg) and Gaia Iaccarino (70+ kg) earned silver among the women.

Ben Goodrich won the Standard Boys 18-20-year-old under 100 kg title Saturday at the IBSA World Youth and Student Games.


Raevyn Rogers helped the United States win a medley relay gold medal just a half hour after earning bronze in the women’s 800 meters at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. In total the United States won a record 17 medals — two gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals, the most of any country — over the four days of competition.

Dior Hall, Ky Westbrook and Olivia Baker joined Rogers on the winning relay. Westbrook had won a 100-meter gold medal Thursday.

Elsewhere, William Platts set two 85-89 age group world records at the USA Masters Championships that wrapped up Sunday in Olathe, Kan. Platts, 85, threw the javelin 121-4 Sunday. He had earlier set a world mark in the pentathlon. He won five titles in the four-day meet. The So Cal Track Club won the team title, more than doubling the point production of every other team.

In addition to the world marks set by Platts, world records also were set in the women’s 40-49 4 x 800-meter relay by Grace Padilla, Lisa Ryan, Jennifer Burke and Sonja Friend-Uhl in a time of 9:18.33. Gary Sims, Charles Rose, Mack Stewart and Robert Lida also teamed up to set the world 75-79 age group world record in the 4 x 400 in a time of 4:54.64.


The United States earned a silver medal in the senior team event Saturday at the U.S. Open Championships in Irving, Texas. The event included club teams from the United States, Canada, China and Mexico. Members of the U.S. Open national team are: Morgan Boneberg, McKinzie Chelberg, Elizabeth Davidson, Alyssa Hoying, Jamie Kuchan, Isabella Park, asmine Pulido, Sarah Rodriguez, Alexa Tchekmarev and Claire Wang.


Two-time NCAA champion and U.S. wrestler Chris Pendleton accounted for the only American victory defeating Kazakhstan’s Yeraly Abdrashev 8-0, at the Keep Olympic Wrestling Dual on Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wrestlers from Kazakhstan, Canada, and the United States competed in the event to prepare for upcoming World Wrestling Championships and other competitions. The FILA World Championships will be held Sept. 16-22 in Budapest, Hungary. The event was also held to raise awareness for the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement.

Matthew Gray (163 pounds), Payne Hayden (185), Danny Chaid (211.5) and Caleb White (264.5) won titles Sunday at the Pan American Junior Championships. Adrian Cordova (110) and Lawson Ludwin (121) added silver medals.


The U.S. men posted their only win of a six-game Australian tour with a 1-0 win over the Combined State Institute Team Saturday. The United States finished 1-5 with a 1-0 loss to the same team Saturday.


The U.S. women got tries from six different players in a 44-5 rout of South Africa Sunday to improve to 1-1 at the U20 Nations Cup in Nottingham, England.


The United States won the Lanzarote International Tournament, a U-19 women’s event in the Canary Islands, by defeating Australia, 71-66, Friday; Spain, 78-48, Saturday; and Canada, 69-49, Sunday.


Ben Favret finished second to Canada’s David Miller at the Big Dawg World Tour stop in Fenton, Mich.


Bremerton defeated Utica, 5-3, in the first game of the World Class Division at the USA Rink Hockey National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. The event runs through Friday.


On the first day of Greco-Roman at the World University Games Monday, Tyrell Fortune placed fifth. Fortune was defeated by 2012 junior world champion Balint Lam of Hungary in the bronze-medal match, 3-5. He was defeated in his opening match by 2010 senior world champion Amir Aliakbari of Iran by technical fall, 0-7. When Aliakbari reached the finals, Fortune was pulled back into the repechage rounds. He pinned Sergo Gogisvanidze of Georgia to earn his spot in the bronze-medal round. On Thursday, Fortune won a bronze medal at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. in men’s freestyle on the opening day of wrestling at the World University Games.

Alli Ragan earned a silver medal at 59 kg/130 lbs. on the final day of women’s freestyle at the World University Games. Ragan won three matches to reach the finals, in dominant fashion. She opened with a 4-2 win over Ayako Ito of Japan. Her quarterfinal win was a 7-0 technical fall over Elizabeth Milotich-Sera of Canada. Ragan had a strong semifinal win over veteran Emese Barka of Hungary. Barka was a 2013 European bronze medalist.

In the gold-medal match, Ragan was beaten by 2009 world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yuliya Ratkevich of Ukraine by an 0-7 technical fall.

The U.S. men’s basketball team is 4-2 in the World University Games, racing past Norway, 91-51, Sunday morning. Will Sheehey led the U.S. men with 16 points, while Cory Jefferson had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The U.S. swimming team has earned 14 medals through the first five days of competition, including two silver medals from Laura Sogar.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.