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Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: July 29, 2013

By Tom Robinson | July 29, 2013, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
David Boudia competes during the men's 10m platform diving final at the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscina Municipal de Montjuic on July 28, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

David Boudia added to his World Championships diving medal collection Sunday.

Boudia claimed silver in the men’s 10-meter event Sunday at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, finishing second to China’s Qiu Bo, just as he had in the most recent championships in 2011.

“Diving is a performance, and today Qiu Bo put on a ridiculous show,” said Boudia, who led after two of four rounds in the finals.

Qiu amassed a whopping 581 points, giving China nine gold medals in 10 diving events at these world championships. Boudia, who beat Qiu for the Olympic gold medal in the 10-meter platform event last summer in London, scored 517.40 points.

The silver gives Boudia four World Championships medals. Boudia earned a silver in synchronized 10-meter in 2009 and a bronze in synchronized 10-meter in 2007.

“This has been the hardest year of my life,” Boudia said. “As a kid, I dreamed of winning Olympic gold and after that, there’s not a lot of motivation. I came into the World Championships wanting to see how much work I need to do. Ultimately, I’m looking to 2016.”

Maren Taylor finished 11th in women’s 3-meter Saturday. Kristian Ipsen, a bronze medalist in synchro diving last summer in London, placed 12th in the men’s 3-meter Friday.

SWIMMING

Katie Ledecky and the women’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay team each won FINA World Championship gold medals with American records Sunday. It was the first of eight days of competition in the pool in Barcelona.

Ledecky, 16, won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:59.82 to take almost two seconds off the record set by Allison Schmitt in last summer’s Olympic Games.

“I just got into it and I’m still in shock over the time,” said Ledecky, who also is considered a favorite to win the 800 and 1,500 at worlds. “I didn’t know really how fast I was going, but it just shows what happens when you get in a race with the best in the world.”

Ledecky, who will enter 11th grade this fall, won the Olympic gold medal in the 800 last summer in London.

Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano won the 4 x 100 relay in 3:32.31, also topping a time set at the Olympic Games last year. Romano rallied the team from behind in the final leg.

The United States had a medalist in all four finals held Sunday.

Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Anthony Ervin and Jimmy Feigen earned silver in the men’s 400 freestyle relay, and Connor Jaeger won bronze in the men’s 400 freestyle. It was the first international medal for Jaeger.

Six Americans qualified for the finals Monday night during semifinal heats Sunday, led by Kevin Cordes, who tied for second in men’s 100 breaststroke qualifying.

Earlier, Eva Fabian earned a bronze medal at 25 kilometers when the open-water portion of the FINA World Championships came to a close Saturday. Olympian Alex Meyer finished fourth in the men’s 25-kilometer race.

WATER POLO

The U.S. women got goals from 10 different players Saturday while beating Brazil, 14-3, to reach the quarterfinals at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

The United States plays Spain Monday in a rematch of the Olympic gold-medal game in London that the United States won, 8-5.

Kelly Rulon, Kiley Neushel, Melissa Seidemann, Lolo Silver and Rachel Fattal each finished with two goals for the United States, which opened a 10-1 halftime lead.

“What happened one year ago is not important now,” U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. “There have been a lot of changes, different players, and also, now we are playing in Spain.”

The U.S. men were eliminated Sunday with a 10-6 loss to Spain despite three goals by Janson Wigo.

The United States had finished second in Group B after beating Canada, 8-7, Friday to finish 2-1. Four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo provided the game-winning goal on a penalty shot with 2:10 left. Alex Bowen scored three goals.

SOCCER

Brek Shea came off the bench to score the game’s only goal Sunday, leading the United States past Panama, 1-0, in the championship match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago.

Shea was in the game just 42 seconds when he scored the winner in the 69th minute. Alejandro Bedoya assisted on the goal.

Landon Donovan, a 2000 Olympian, was named the tournament’s most valuable player after helping the United States extend its longest winning streak ever to 11 games. Donovan shared the tournament lead of five goals with teammate Chris Wondolowski and Panama’s Gabriel Torres.

The victory was also a record-tying 10th straight on home soil. The game was played in front of 57,920 at Soldier Field.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann watched the game from a stadium suite because of a suspension for being ejected in the semifinals.

The Gold Cup title was the fifth for the United States, one short of Mexico’s record of six. With the win, the United States will play the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup to determine which team represents CONCACAF in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

GYMNASTICS

Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney, members of the “Fierce Five” U.S. gymnastics team that took the team gold medal last summer in London, returned to competition in a big way this weekend at the Secret U.S. Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Ross won the senior all-around title with 58.650 points and also had the best score on the uneven bars (15.4). Maroney, who also claimed the Olympic silver medal in vault last year, finished first in the event this weekend. She nailed her trademark Amanar and scored 15.6 points.

Peyton Ernst and Brenna Dowell were second and third, behind Ross, in the all-around. Ernst had the highest score on the balance beam (14.7). Lexie Priessman had the best score on the floor (14.8).

Bailie Key won the junior all-around title with a score of 58.250.

The Secret U.S. Classic was the final qualifier for the P&G U.S. Championships, which take place Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

U.S. men’s teams won a pair of weekend titles in Long Beach, Calif.

Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal became the only team to win three FIVB tournaments this season with the title Saturday in the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.

And Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won the inaugural World Series Cup Sunday.

Dalhausser and Rosenthal defeated Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira, 21-15, 21-18, in the final. Read more about Dalhausser and Rosenthal here.

April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, won the women’s World Series Cup Sunday over Brazil’s Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antues, 15-21, 21-18, 17-15.

Emily Day and Summer Ross reached the Grand Slam semifinals before losing Saturday.

PARALYMPIC TRACK & FIELD

Tatyana McFadden won a record sixth title at the IPC Athletics World Championships when she won the 400-meter T54 title Saturday in Lyon, France.

McFadden became the first woman to win six gold medals in the same year. Meanwhile, Raymond Martin became the first man to win five in a year by taking the 400-meter T52 in a meet record time of 59.85 seconds.

“I can’t quite believe it,” McFadden said. “It’s definitely a dream come true — the first woman to win all events from the 100 to the 5,000. History is made.”

Martin, who won all four events he entered at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is undefeated in major international competition.

“I have a hard time keeping up with her,” Martin said of McFadden. “It looks like the rest of the world does, too.”

Their medals, along with three other world titles Saturday, left the United States second in the medal count behind Russia.

Richard Brown, Blake Leeper, Jerome Singleton and Jarryd Wallace won the men’s 4x100 relay, Lex Gillette won the men’s long jump F11 and Cassie Mitchell won the women’s shot put F52/F53 Saturday.

The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, which concluded Sunday, featured more than 1,100 athletes, including 76 Americans, from nearly 100 countries. Read more about the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships at USParalympics.org.

TRACK & FIELD

The United States won six gold medals at the Anniversary Games in London, which included IAAF Diamond League events. The two-day event was held Friday and Saturday at the main stadium from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hurdlers shined Saturday as David Oliver won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.20 seconds and Michael Tinsley won the 400-meter hurdles in 47.98. In addition, Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix won the event Saturday with a time of 22.41.

The other three gold medals came Friday. Brenda Martinez and Nick Symmonds both won 800-meter run titles while Shannon Rowbury won the women’s 3,000-meter run.

Tinsley’s time was two-hundredths of a second off his season best, giving him the two fastest times in the world this year. He led a 1-2-3-4 U.S. finish that included Johnny Dutch, Justin Gaymon and Bershawn Jackson.

Felix and Shalonda Solomon were 1-2 in the women’s 200.

Rowbury’s time of 8:41.46 was the best in the world this year. Gabriele Anderson and Molly Huddle finished second and third to help the United States take seven of the top eight spots in the race.

Symmonds posted the best time of the year in the men’s 800 (1:43.67). Symmonds led a U.S. sweep of the 800 with Duane Solomon placing second (1:44.12) and Brandon Johnson finishing third (1:44.19).

Martinez set a meet record in the women’s 800 clocking in at 1:58.19.

Other second-place U.S. finishes were: Ryan Hill (men’s 3,000), Francena McCorory (women’s 400), Barbara Pierre (women’s 100), Jenn Suhr (women’s pole vault), Tony McQuay (men’s 400), Mike Rodgers (men’s 100) and Erik Kynard (men’s high jump).

CYCLING

The United States combined for four gold medals and three silvers Saturday and Sunday at the UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

Felicia Stancil and Shay Glynn finished 1-2 in junior women’s Sunday when Sean Gaian topped the junior men’s field.

Stancil successfully defended her elite women time trial superfinal world title Saturday.

Connor Field won the elite men’s gold while Gaian (junior men) and Alise Post (elite women) added silvers in other time trials Saturday.

Arielle Martin and Post finished fourth and fifth among elite women Sunday.

Elsewhere, Sarah Huang won her third title in four days at the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships in Trexlertown, Pa., with a victory Sunday in the Women’s 17-18 Scratch Race.

WEIGHTLIFTING

Travis Cooper and Geralee Vega posted the highest Sinclair Scores, making them the top lifters at the National Championships in West Chester, Ohio, Friday through Sunday.

Vega was one of four lifters to set American records. She set the clean and jerk and total records for women’s 63 kg.

The others were age group records.

Sydney Goad set the 48 kg, 16-17, clean and jerk record. C.J. Cummings set 62 kg, Under-13 records in the 62 kg clean and jerk and total. Nathan Damron set the 77 kg, 16-17 clean and jerk mark.

Olympians Chad Vaughn (77 kg) and Sarah Robles (75+ kg) won their weight classes.

Katie Uhlaender, a two-time competitor in the Winter Games in skeleton, finished second to Vega in her weight class.

VOLLEYBALL

The United States knocked off Brazil, the world’s second-ranked team, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21, Sunday at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championships in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Tia Scambray had 14 points on eight kills, four blocks and two aces. The United States is 1-1 in Pool C after falling to Slovenia in five sets in Saturday’s opener. The event continues through Aug. 4.

Elsewhere, seven titles were decided Saturday at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

ROWING

The United States won four medals, including two golds, at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria.

Andrew Campbell won the lightweight men’s single sculls title Sunday when the women’s eight successfully defended its title. The men’s eight claimed a silver Sunday after the men’s four took bronze Saturday.

Campbell’s gold medal was the first under-23 gold for the United States in any men’s sculling or lightweight event.

“I’ve trained a long time to be able to hear the national anthem at one of these,” Campbell said.

Coxswain Kendall Schmidt combined with the crew of Kristine O’Brien, Madison Culp, Amanda Elmore, Courtney Diekema, Corinne Schoeller, Erin Boxberger, Anne Rauschert and Ruth Narode to produce another women’s eight gold medal.

Schmidt was also the coxswain on last year’s U23 gold-medal team.

The men’s eight team was made up of coxswain Paul Farber and the crew of Hunter Leeming, Anders Weiss, Ted Baumgardner, Brendon Stoner, Carter Crowe, Daren Frankel, James Hamp and Max Meyer-Bosse.

The lightweight men’s four team was Matthew O’Donoghue, Joshua Konieczny, Michael Lindberg and Joseph Hanlon.

BASKETBALL

Breanna Stewart was named tournament most valuable player after leading the United States to its fifth straight FIBA U19 World Championship for Women Sunday in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Stewart, a star at UConn, had game highs of 16 points and nine rebounds in the 61-28 championship game romp against France.

Stewart, an all-tournament selection at the 2011 U19 World Championships, also led the way in the 77-54 semifinal win Saturday against Australia.

MODERN PENTATHLON

Isabella Isaksen finished 12th in the women’s division Saturday at the junior world championships in Budapest, Hungary. Nathan Schrimsher placed 18th among men Sunday.

EQUESTRIAN

Kelsey Russell, aboard My Wild Irish Gold, finished fifth at the FEI World Endurance Championships for Juniors and Young Riders Saturday in Tarbes, France.

FIELD HOCKEY

Tara Vittese scored two goals Saturday when the U.S. women opened play at the Junior World Cup with a 4-1 victory over South Korea in Monchengladbach, Germany. The United States then fell to The Netherlands, 5-1, Sunday. Pool play concludes with a game against Ghana Tuesday and elimination rounds in the U21 event begin Thursday.

SQUASH

The United States lost to Egypt, 2-1, in the team final Saturday at the World Junior Championship in Wroclaw, Poland, giving Egypt its fourth consecutive women’s team title. The United States reached the final with a 2-1 win Friday over England when Sabrina Sobhy recovered from losing the first two games to take the next three in her match and Reeham Sedky swept three straight games.

BADMINTON

Crystal Pan won the Girls U17 Singles title and combined with Victoria Chen for the girls’ U17 doubles gold medal Sunday at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

SOFTBALL

Madison Whitmire’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Atlanta Vipers over Wagner’s 3-2 for the ASA 18-Under GOLD national championship Saturday in Clearwater, Fla.

BASEBALL

The United States defeated host Chinese Taipei, 8-1, Sunday in Taipei City to win the IBF U12 World Cup.

Justin Campbell struck out four while allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings to get the win. Campbell was one of four players to make the all-tournament team, along with relief pitcher Kevin Martin, second baseman Anthony Volpe and outfielder Jakob Hines.

Elsewhere, the United States got off to a 2-0 start in the COPABE AA 15U Pan American Championships by beating the Dominican Republic, 12-2, Saturday and Mexico, 12-1, Sunday in Barranquilla, Colombia.

ROLLER SPORTS

The Figure Skating National Championships continued throughout the weekend with various age group titles being decided. The championships continue in Albuquerque, N.M., through Aug. 4.

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

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