Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: June 17, 2013
PARALYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD
David Prince sprinted to two world records and Tatyana McFadden won all six events she entered at the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, which concluded Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.
“I just went out and ran really hard,” Prince said Sunday after lowering his own 400-meter (T44) record by nearly a second to 49.87 seconds. “That is what my coach told me to do, so that is what I did. Training has kind of helped with giving me a good understanding of pace and how I need to run the cycle of the race."
Prince set the previous record (50.61), which is for single below-the-knee amputees, while earning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in a race that combined T43s and T44s.
In his only other event, Prince set the 200 T44 record Saturday in 22.47.
Shot putter Cassie Mitchell set a world record for her classification, F52, throwing 6.14m and finishing second to Kate Callahan in the women’s shot put (F32-34/52/53).
"I knew it was possible to set a world record here but with my other meets, I went in thinking about setting the world record and that didn't go well,” Mitchell said. “For this meet, I decided I wasn't going to come in for the world record. I was coming here to let loose and throw it. Whatever happened, so be it."
McFadden, who earned four medals, including three golds, at the 2012 Paralympic Games, won four events Saturday and two more Sunday. She won races at 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters in T54 and combined T53/T54 classes.
Hannah McFadden finished second to her older sister in three events Saturday.
Raymond Martin, a four-time Paralympic gold medalist in London, won gold medals at 400 and 1,500 meters.
Ce-Ce Mazyck, a U.S. Army veteran who competes in the F57 classification, won the women’s javelin throw (F54-58) Friday, with a 19.89 meter throw, one day after celebrating her birthday.
The championships helped determine the U.S. roster for the IPC Athletics World Championships set for July 19-28 in Lyon, France. That roster will be announced no later than Tuesday.
For complete results from the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, click here.
Abby Wambach scored her 156th career international goal — and is now two goals away from tying Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record — and Kristie Mewis scored her first Saturday to help the U.S. women’s soccer team defeat South Korea, 4-1, in a friendly at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Mewis, a native of Hanson, Mass., opened the scoring in the third. Team USA never looked back.
Lauren Cheney and Carli Lloyd also scored for the United States before Wambach connected on a penalty kick during second-half stoppage time. U.S. Soccer has created a hashtag, #ChasingMia, for fans to follow Wambach’s push toward the record.
“It’s not easy to score in international soccer, no matter who you're playing,” Wambach told the Associated Press. “It’s a pretty special night and I’m one more (goal) closer to getting (the record)."
Goalkeeper Hope Solo, working back from shoulder surgery, played for the first time since Feb. 13. She took over to start the second half and did not allow a goal.
Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly had assists to keep the team undefeated in 33 games over a span of more than 14 months.
The U.S. women will play South Korea again Thursday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
Nicole Fawcett scored 15 points to lead the way as the U.S. women won the Pan American Cup gold medal for the second consecutive year with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 victory against the Dominican Republic Sunday in Lima, Peru.
The United States opened the year by going 5-0. It became the first country since 2005 to successfully defend its title.
Fawcett had six kills, six blocks and three aces. Lauren Gibbemeyer added 11 points with eight kills and three blocks.
The United States reached the final by defeating Brazil, 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 Saturday.
Elsewhere, the U.S. men improved to 3-1 in the FIVB World League with wins over France Friday and Saturday in Tulsa, Okla.
After winning in straight sets, 25-15, 29-27, 25-16, Friday, the United States battled through a 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9 victory Saturday.
U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman, named Player of the Match Saturday, and Matt Anderson both earned 21 points Saturday. They each had 18 kills.
World League play continues June 28-29 with matches against Bulgaria in Reno, Nev.
Marti Malloy won a gold medal Saturday and Colton Brown added a bronze Sunday in Miami during the first super-elite international Grand Prix held in the United States.
Malloy, a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, went 4-0 to win the women’s 57 kg division.
“When I heard there was going to be a Grand Prix on home soil, I wanted gold,” Malloy said. “This is all I’ve thought about. I wanted a win on home soil.
“I wanted to hear the national anthem, and I wanted U.S. supporters to hear it on home soil. It was great to be on the mat and to hear everyone cheer USA. It is amazing to feel that support, and I am very proud.
Brown went 4-1 in men’s 90 kg. The United States finished eighth in the team standings with the gold, the bronze and fifth-place finishes from Samantha Bleier (women’s 78 kg) and Jonathan Fernandez (men’s 81 kg).
Paralympic silver medalist Myles Porter became the first visually impaired judoka to compete at a Judo Grand Prix Sunday but he lost in his first match to Temuulen Bayasaikhan of Mongolia.
Olympic champion Kayla Harrison is still recovering from a knee injury and did not compete but joined fellow U.S. Olympians for judo clinics with schoolchildren in Miami.
The United States reached the finals in both men’s and women’s team compound Saturday before settling for silver medals at the World Cup stop in Antalya, Turkey.
Denmark beat the U.S. men, 230-225, while Colombia won its first World Cup gold medal with a 228-226 victory against the U.S. women.
The men’s final matched the two top-ranked teams in the world with second-ranked Denmark breaking through. U.S. team members Braden Gellenthien, Reo Wilde and Rodger Willett Jr. are all ranked in the top five in the world individually.
Gellenthien broke his bowstring in the team event and had to borrow a spare bow from opponent Martin Damsbo of Denmark while losing, 144-137, in the men’s individual bronze-medal match later in the day.
A shootout loss Sunday prevented the U.S. men from earning a medal at the FINA Super League Final in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Montenegro defeated the United States, 13-11, in the shootout. Montenegro moved in front 10-9 before Michael Rosenthal scored as time expired to force the shootout. Rosenthal finished with three goals.
In the shootout, Montenegro made three of its first four shots while the United States made just one of four.
The United States defeated China, 13-11, in the quarterfinals Friday before losing to Hungary, 8-6, in Saturday’s semifinals.
Connor Fields won his second consecutive UCI BMX Supercross World Cup superfinal time trial victory Saturday.
Olympian Alise Post took second in the elite women’s time trial. It was her second silver of the season.
After finishing fifth Saturday, Arielle Martin gained her first podium finish of the season with a second-place finish in Sunday’s elite women’s final. Post was fifth in the final.
Fields crashed in the elite men’s quarterfinals.
Elsewhere, Luca Shaw took third in the men’s junior downhill Sunday at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy.
At the Nature Valley Grand Prix, a six-stage race that ran Wednesday to Sunday in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Shelley Olds (TIBCO) won the women’s race and Michael Friedman (Team Optum)
Jennifer Wilson and her team of Sally Barkow, Katherine Pettibone, Krista Paxton and Sandi Svoboda claimed the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy for winning the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship Friday through Sunday in Chicago. Wilson’s team defeated Stephanie Roble and the team of Maggie Shea, Lindsey Duda, Martha Pitt and Janel Zarkowsky 3-1 in the final.
The United States had the top six finishers Sunday at the CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W in Calgary, Alberta. Kent Farrington and Uceko won a Grand Prix event for the second straight week. London Olympian Reed Kessler and Cylana were second while Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z were third. Beezie Madden and Via Volo won the $60,000 Great-West Life Cup 1.50m. The Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments will continue June 25-30 with the 'Canada One' Tournament CSI-W 4*.
Olympians Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang reached the women’s doubles quarterfinals before being eliminated from the ITTF World Tour China Open. Zhang made it to the round of 16 in women’s singles.
The team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson was unable to medal in its fourth straight FIVB event when it was eliminated in the quarterfinals Saturday at The Hague Grand Slam in the Netherlands with a 21-18, 21-10 loss to Brazil’s Pedro Salgado and Bruno Oscar Schmidt. The other U.S. entries were eliminated prior to the quarterfinals.
The United States lost to Scotland and Canada to finish 12th at the World Team Championships in Mulhouse, France.
Ashley Kmiecik and Erica Cavanaugh scored tries but the U.S. women lost to France, 18-12, Friday in Carson, Calif. The U.S. men went without a try for the third straight match while losing for the second time in IRB Pacific Nations Cup play to Tonga, 18-9, in the second game of a doubleheader Friday.
Connor Davis won the men’s three-position rifle gold medal and Elizabeth Gratz won the 10-meter air rifle gold medal Sunday at the 23rd Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, the annual match featuring junior-level competitors from 25 countries, in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Davis, Ryan Anderson and Tyler Rico finished first, second and fourth in the event. Davis, Anderson and Garrett Spurgeon won the team title in three-position rifle. Earlier in the weekend, Spurgeon earned a bronze medal in the men’s prone rifle event.
The U.S. men remained perfect in FIBA Americas U16 Championship history Saturday night with a 94-48 rout of Argentina in the championship game Saturday night in Maldonado, Uruguay. The United States outscored Argentina, 38-7, in the second quarter. It improved to 5-0 in this year’s tournament and 15-0 in the three-year history of the event.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. 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.