Team USA Weekend Preview: July 26, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | July 26, 2013, 10 a.m. (ET)
David Boudia poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for
the men's 10-meter platform at the London 2012 Olympic Games
on Aug. 11, 2012.

The world’s best swimmers, divers and water polo players remain in Barcelona, Spain, for the 15th FINA World Championships, while the U.S. men’s soccer team goes for Gold Cup glory in Chicago and top U.S. gymnasts and beach volleyball players are also competing on home soil this weekend. These are just some of the major events featuring U.S. athletes around the world this weekend. All of the details are in the Team USA Weekend Preview.


15th FINA World Championships, July 19-Aug. 4, Barcelona, Spain

Diving:Olympic gold medalist David Boudia is set to compete in the 10-meter platform at the 15th FINA World Championships. The preliminaries are Saturday with the final Sunday.

Boudia and Harry Jones will be the Americans among the 10-meter platform field, which is set to feature 31 divers. Boudia earned a silver medal from the 10-meter platform at the 2011 World Championships in China. He became the first American man to medal in the event at the World Championships since 1986 and the performance set the stage for his gold-medal performance in London last summer.

Meanwhile, Kristian Ipsen, a bronze medalist in the 3-meter springboard synchro event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will try to win the first diving medal for the United States at the 15th FINA World Championships. Ipsen qualified for the finals in the men’s 3-meter event by finishing 10th in the preliminaries Thursday. He scored 86.70 points on his final dive to reach the finals.

“I didn’t know where I was, but I told myself I wanted to end with a good dive regardless,” said Ipsen, who rallied from a 17th-place position halfway through prelims. “I thought back to Olympic Trials when I needed to do a really good dive and told myself, ‘I’ve done this dive a million times.’"

The highest U.S. finish so far was fifth place by four-time Olympian Troy Dumais and Michael Hixon in the men’s 3-meter synchronized event. Maren Taylor placed ninth in the 3-meter springboard semifinal Friday.

TV: 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET Friday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Universal Sports

Open water: Olympians Haley Anderson and Andrew Gemmell, along with Sean Ryan, combined for a sixth-place finish Thursday in the 5-kilometer team event. The open-water competition finishes Friday with the 25k races. Christine Jennings and Eva Fabian are entered in the women’s race, and Alex Meyer and Jordan Wilimovsky are in the men‘s race.

Water polo: The unbeaten U.S. Women’s National Team will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on Saturday. It won all three games in group play, including a 16-4 victory against Great Britain Thursday. The Men’s National Team will complete group play Friday against Canada. The men are 1-1.

TV: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET Friday and 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

Swimming: Olympic stars Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer are part of a 43-member U.S. team that will begin competition Sunday and go for the next eight days.

TV: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Universal Sports


Secret U.S. Classic, July 27, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross, both gold medalist members of the “Fierce Five” at the London 2012 Olympic Games, headline a strong field for Saturday’s Secret U.S. Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The one-day competition will be held at the Sears Centre in suburban Chicago.

The event is the final women’s qualifier for the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships. For those gymnasts already qualified, it is a final tune-up for the national championships. Simone Biles, all-around silver medalist at the 2013 AT&T American Cup, reigning U.S. junior champion Lexie Priessman, and U.S. National Team gymnasts Madison Desch, Maggie Nichols, Brenna Dowell, Kennedy Baker and Peyton Ernst are also in the field.


Also in gymnastics:

U.S. Acrobatic Championships, July 27-30, Louisville, Ky.


Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama, July 28, Chicago

The U.S. Men’s National Team will go after its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup championship Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago when it faces Panama.

Only Mexico has won the title six times. The United States won a record 10th consecutive game Wednesday, defeating Honduras, 3-1, in the semifinals at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Olympian Landon Donovan has been on fire since returning after a 10-month hiatus to the U.S. National Team, scoring seven goals and assisting on seven goals.

A victory Sunday keeps the United States in position to gain a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup. The winner of the Gold Cup this year will play the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup for the CONCACAF spot in the Confederations cup.

TV: 4 p.m. ET Sunday, Fox, Univision


FIVB Grand Slam, July 22-28, Long Beach, Calif.

Emily Day and Summer Ross advanced to the semifinals Friday in the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam. Seeded No. 15, Day and Ross will challenge second-seeded Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antunes of Brazil. They won two matches Thursday to advance to the semifinals, including a quick 21-18, 21-15 victory over No. 6 Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain.

Three U.S. teams advanced to the second round of the men’s tournament, including top seeds Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson. Also moving on were No. 4 Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, and No. 11 Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty.

TV: 5 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight ET Friday, Universal Sports; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 5 p.m. ET Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday,

FIVB Beach Volleyball Anapa Open, July 23-28, Anapa, Russia

Heather Hughes and Kaitlin Sather Nielsen advanced to the elimination round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Anapa Open, finishing pool play with a 2-1 record. They were to face 18th-seeded Cindy Treland and Janne Pedersen of Norway on Friday. In the men’s tournament, Will Montgomery and James Avery Drost were to finish up pool play Friday after dropping both of their matches Thursday.

Also in beach volleyball:

USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships, July 26-28, Milwaukee

World Series of Beach Volleyball, July 22-28, Long Beach, Calif.

TV: 8 p.m.-9 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports; 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, NBC


IAAF Diamond League, July 26-27, London

Olympic hurdling champion Aries Merritt will return to the 2012 Olympic venue Saturday in search of more gold at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, a part of the IAAF Diamond League. Merritt recovered from an injury to win three weeks ago at a Diamond League meet in Paris.

“Training’s been going really well and now that the injury’s gone, I’m ready to run really fast,” Merritt said. “I think the probability of a sub-13 (second) time is very high."

The meet at Olympic Park will take place over two days, Friday and Saturday. Other U.S. runners include 17-year-old Mary Cain in the women’s 1,500 and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter in the 100.

TV: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. ET Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Universal Sports 

IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, Lyon, France 

Less than two hours after winning the women's 1,500-meter T54 world championship today, Tatyana McFadden won the women's 100m T54 race at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. Her titles were two of the seven medals won on Day 6 by United States track and field athletes including Raymond Martin, who claimed his fourth gold medal of the championships.

Team USA is tied with Russia for No. 1 in the overall medal count with 35 medals (12 gold, 11 silvers and 12 bronze). In the gold-medal count, the United States ranks second to Russia by three gold medals.

McFadden is trying to win six gold medals. She already has victories in the 100m, 200m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m. The semifinal and final for the 400m are Friday and Saturday.

The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, feature more than 1,100 athletes, including 76 Americans, from nearly 100 countries. Live streaming and on demand video is available here, while live results are available at

Also in track & field:

USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, July 22-28, Greensboro, N.C.

Thorpe Cup, USA vs. Germany, July 27-28, Chula Vista, Calif.


UCI BMX World Championships, July 24-28, Auckland, New Zealand

Connor Fields, a 2012 Olympian, will seek to defend his world championship in the elite men’s time trial Saturday at the UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. He is one of 19 U.S. cyclists at the worlds. The U.S. squad also includes 2012 Olympians David Herman, Nic Long, Brooke Crain and Alise Post.

The elite men’s and women’s time trials will both be held Saturday. Fields won his second consecutive World Cup superfinal time trial in June in Netherlands.

Michael Gonzales of Watsonville, Calif., won two world championships in two days, including a win in the boys’ 13-14 race Thursday.

Webcast: 11 p.m. ET Saturday,

Also in cycling:

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, July 27-28, Vallnord, Andorra

USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships, July 27-28, High Point, N.C.

USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships, July 25-28, Trexlertown, Pa.


USA Shooting Shotgun National Championships, July 25-Aug. 3, Fort Carson, Colo.

Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode will be among those seeking spots on the national team at the USA Shooting Shotgun National Championships. Rhode, who gave birth to a son, Carter, in May, has not competed since winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“It feels good to be back into the routine of things,” Rhode said. “Carter has brought a lot of exciting changes since I last competed, but it feels great to be behind the gun and working towards new goals and opportunities."

Before Rhode begins her shooting in the women’s skeet, the nationals begin this weekend with the men’s and women’s trap. Ashley Carroll has climbed to the top of the U.S. trap rankings at age 18, but will be challenged by Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell and two-time national champion Rachael Heiden. Brian Burrows, Matt Gossett and John Mullins are the top contenders in men’s trap.


FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, July 18-28, Klaipeda, Lithuania

The USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team won its first six games in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, and was to play Japan in the quarterfinals Friday.

Breanna Stewart, a rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut, scored 22 points and Morgan Tuck, also a sophomore at UConn, had 16 points in a 69-63 win Wednesday over previously unbeaten France. A victory over Japan would advance the United States to the semifinals on Saturday against Australia or China. The championship game will be played Sunday. The United States is the four-time defending champion.

“To play a team of that caliber in the second round is wonderful so it can get us prepared for the medal rounds because teams are only going to get better,” Stewart said after the France game. “We might meet up with France again."

TV: 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN3


World Rowing Under 23 Championships, July 24-28, Linz, Austria

The U.S. Under-23 women’s eight grabbed a spot in the finals of the World Rowing Under 23 Championships with an impressive victory in the heat race Thursday in Linz, Austria. With five new rowers in the boat, the United States won the 2,000-meter race by more than five seconds with a time of 6:15.79. The finals will be held Sunday. The U.S. women are defending world champs.

The men’s eight boat did not fare as well, finishing third in its heat behind New Zealand and Germany. The United States, defending world champ, still can get into the final through the repechage Friday. Maddie Lips, the team captain at Yale University, made the finals in women’s single sculls with a second-place finish in her heat.

Other U.S. crews already qualified for the finals include the women’s quadruple sculls team of Molly Bruggeman, Britta Syverson, Molly Hamrick and Agatha Nowinski.


Junior World Championships, July 25-30, Budapest, Hungary

Isabella Isaksen qualified for Saturday’s final round of the women’s division at the Junior World Championships, finishing fourth in qualifying Thursday. Her 21 wins in the fencing portion of qualifying were the second best among all the athletes.

Nathan Schrimsher and Brendan Anderson will attempt to qualify for the finals in the men’s qualifying session Friday. Lucas Schrimsher withdrew because of a knee injury.


World Games, July 25-Aug. 4, Cali, Colombia

Logan Dooley, Savannah Vinsant and Kalon Ludvigson are among 13 U.S. trampoline, tumbling and acrobatic gymnasts who’ll compete in the 9th World Games in Cali, Colombia. Dooley will compete with Neil Gulati, and Vinsant with Dakota Earnest in synchronized trampoline. Ludvigson and Yuliya Brown will compete in tumbling.

Other gymnasts include Charlotte Drury and Shaylee Dunavin, synchro; Alex Renkert, Austin White and Kristie Lowell, double mini-trampoline; Nicole Barrilleaux and Beth Landeche, acrobatic.

Water skiing: Regina Jaquess (women’s slalom and jumping), Erika Lang (women’s tricks), Adam Pickos (men’s tricks), Nate Smith (men’s slalom), Zack Worden (men’s jumping) and Andrew Adkison (wakeboarding) will compete Friday through Monday.

Karate: Cheryl Murphy, Sakura Kokumai, Tom Scott, Brian Ramrup and Brandis Miyazaki will compete for the United States.

Roller sports: The U.S. senior men’s inline hockey team is the No. 1 seed among eight teams in the inline hockey tournament. Erin Jackson, Annette Stapleton-Heywood, Jake Powers and Justin Stelly will represent the United States in inline speed skating. Kylee Berger, Erin Ovens-Scalzitti and Jonathan Liberman will compete in figure skating Friday and Saturday.


FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship, July 26-Aug. 4, Nakhom Ratchisima, Thailand

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team will begin play Saturday in the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship in Thailand. The 12-member squad includes outside hitters Molly Haggerty, Hayley Hodson, Simone Lee, Tia Scambray and Alexa Smith. Jim Stone is head coach.

Also in volleyball:

U.S. Women’s National Team Red-Blue scrimmage, July 26, Los Osos High School, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, July 23-27, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


USA Weightlifting National Championships, July 26-28, West Chester, Ohio

Katie Uhlaender, a two-time Olympian in skeleton who is hoping to make the U.S. Olympic Team as a weightlifter in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, will be among the athletes competing at the USA Weightlifting National Championships. Other notable competitors include 2012 weightlifting Olympian Sarah Robles and two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn. The tournament begins Friday at Skatetown USA Complex in West Chester, Ohio.


World Junior Championships, July 15-27, Wroclaw, Poland

The United States was to play England in the semifinals of the team tournament at the World Junior Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. Sabrina Sobhy, Reeham Sedky and Olivia Fiechter each won matches Wednesday in a 3-0 quarterfinal win over New Zealand.


Junior World Cup, July 27-Aug. 4, Monchengladbach, Germany

The USA Field Hockey Junior National Team will begin play Saturday in the Junior World Cup, when it faces South Korea in the opening round. The United States will also play Netherlands on Sunday and Ghana on Tuesday. The playoff rounds begin Aug. 1, leading up to the championship match Aug. 4.

The Junior World Cup is held every four years. The United States qualified for the tournament by finishing third at the 2012 Pan American Junior Championships.


FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders, July 27, Tarbes, France

Five horse-and-rider combinations will represent the United States at the FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders Saturday in France. The entrants are: Mary Kathryn Clark, riding Chasing the Wind; Katherine Gardener, aboard AF Big Bucks; Sarah Jack, aboard FYF Dutch; Christina Kimery, aboard Wallace Hill Shade; Kelsey Russell, aboard My Wild Irish Gold.


Pan Am Junior Championships, July 21-28, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Individual competition in the Badminton Pan Am Junior Championships began Wednesday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Friday’s matches include action for U.S. athletes in boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles in several age divisions. The United States won bronze in the team competition that concluded earlier this week. The U.S. Under-19 team includes Alan Shekhtman, William Cheung, Aston Khor, Nicholas Waller, Anna Tang, Cherie Chow, Christine Yang and Stephanie Lam.


Nacra World Championship, July 20-28, The Hague, Netherlands

Races continue through Sunday in the Nacra World Championship. The top two finishing U.S. teams in the Nacra 17 competition will qualify for the U.S. National Team.


Junior Olympics, July 27-Aug. 4, Orange County, Calif.

Matches in the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics begin Saturday. More than 500 teams will compete in the tournament at various locations throughout Orange County, Calif.


COPABE AA 15U Pan American Championships, July 26-Aug. 4, Barranquilla, Colombia

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will play the Dominican Republic Saturday in the first round of the COPABE “AA” 15U Pan American Championships. The United States will also play Mexico Sunday and Panama Monday. Mickey Moniak had four hits in the team’s final pre-tournament exhibition game Wednesday, a 9-1 win over the EvoShield Canes in Durham, N.C.

IBF U12 World Cup, July 18-28, Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

The USA Baseball 12U National Team was to play Brazil Friday in the quarterfinals of the first-ever IBF World Cup for 12-under baseball teams. The United States won five of its six games in pool play, including 18-1 over Korea in its final preliminary-round game.


ASA/USA Girls’ 18-under GOLD National Championship, July 22-27, Clearwater, Fla.

The championship game in the ASA/USA Girls’ 18-under GOLD National Championship will be played Saturday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The tournament features 60 of the nation’s top 18-and-under teams in the nation.


Figure Skating National Championships, July 21-Aug. 4, Albuquerque, N.M.

Competition continues this weekend in the USA Roller Sports Figure Skating National Championships being held at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

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