Team USA Weekend Preview: June 28, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | June 28, 2013, 10 a.m. (ET)

Dana Vollmer prepares to compete in the women's 100m butterfly finals at the 2013 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials at the Indiana University Natatorium on June 27, 2013 in Indianapolis.

Swimming takes center stage in another big weekend of Olympic sports in the United States and around the world. The U.S. swimming championships continue through Saturday. Meanwhile, the U.S. volleyball, field hockey and rugby sevens teams have competitions around the world this week and individuals will be competing in track, tennis, rowing and more. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.


Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials, June 25-29, Indianapolis

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer cruised to a national championship in her signature event, the women’s 100-meter butterfly, while 2012 Olympian Rachel Bootsma broke American and U.S. Open records Thursday in the women’s 50 backstroke. The gold-medal performances highlighted the third day of competition at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.

The event has also featured double wins in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke by Olympic gold medalists and 2013 Arena Grand Prix champions Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte on Wednesday. Franklin won the 100 free Tuesday.

The competition continues through Saturday. The event determines the spots on the U.S. World Team for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Among the field of 500 swimmers are 30 2012 U.S. Olympians.

Friday’s events at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI at Indianapolis include the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Saturday’s events include the 50 freestyle, 200 individual medley, men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free.

“It actually wasn’t as fast as I wanted it to be,” Vollmer, the defending world champion, said of her winning time of 57.53 seconds in the 100 fly. “I just wanted to get up there regardless of the time and make the (world) team. Now I have another month to train going into World Championships."

TV: 10 p.m.-midnight ET Friday, Universal Sports; 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC; 11 p.m.-midnight Saturday, NBC Sports Network


FIVB World League, U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team vs. Bulgaria, June 28-29, Reno, Nev.

A FIVB World League battle between two of the world’s top eight teams will take place Friday and Saturday at the Reno (Nev.) Events Center, when the fifth-ranked U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team faces No. 8 Bulgaria.

The United States has won three consecutive matches since an opening loss to Argentina three weeks ago. Bulgaria has won all four of its matches.

“Bulgaria looks to be physical and experienced,” U.S. coach John Speraw said. “They have at least a few guys who went to the Olympics last year."

The U.S. roster this weekend includes two-time Olympians Rich Lambourne and David Lee. Matt Anderson, a 2012 Olympian, leads the team with 68 points in World League play on 54 spikes, 9 blocks and 5 aces.

TV: 4:30-6 p.m. ET July 3 and 4, NBC Sports Network

Also in volleyball:

FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship, June 21-30, Brno, Czech Republic

FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship, June 27-July 7, Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico

USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, June 28-July 5, Dalla

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USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships, June 27-July 4, Reno, Nev.

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Sainsbury’s Grand Prix, IAAF Diamond League, June 30, Birmingham, England

Three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter will seek gold Sunday in the women’s 200-meter run at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix Diamond League meet in England. Olympic champion Aries Merritt will chase after gold in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.

Jeter will face two-time Olympic 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. Other U.S. athletes in the meet include 2012 Olympians Isiah Young and Michael Rodgers in the men’s 100, and Olympic champion Jenn Suhr in the women‘s pole vault. In all, 30 Olympic medalists will compete in the meet.

TV: 10 a.m. ET Sunday, Universal Sports

Also in track and field:

USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 25-30, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill.


Wimbledon, June 24-July 7, Wimbledon, England

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams cruised into the third round of women’s singles at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-2 win Thursday over Caroline Garcia of France. Williams, the defending Wimbledon champion, has won 33 straight matches. She’ll face 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan in the third round. Olympic champions Bob and Mike Bryan are the No. 1 seeds in men’s doubles.

TV: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN; 3-6 p.m. Sunday, ABC


USRowing National Championships, June 26-28, West Windsor, N.J.

Henrik Rummel, a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will team up with Seth Weil to take on 2012 Olympian Grant James and Mike Gennaro in the finals of the men’s pairs at the USRowing National Championships on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. Finals in 10 events are scheduled for Friday.

Other finalists include Teresa Berkholtz and Elizabeth Sonshine in women’s single sculls, Stephen Whelpley and Yohann Rigogne in men’s single sculls, and Madison Lips and Jamie Chapman, and Bryn Crawford and Nicole Ritchie in women’s double sculls.

Also in rowing:

Holland Beker Regatta, June 29-30, Amsterdam, Netherlands


CHIO Aachen, June 26-30, Aachen, Germany

An Olympic-tested dressage team of Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Jan Ebeling and Shelly Francis surged to a third-place finish in FEI Nations Cup competition at the Aachen CDIO5* on Thursday. They combined for a score of 217.298. Peters, Konyot and Ebeling were all 2012 Olympians. Peters is a three-time Olympian.

“Our Nations Cup riders came here for a medal and they did not disappoint,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover. “Each of them showed why they are among the best in the world."

Joining the dressage team on the podium was Chester Weber, who won gold for the second consecutive day in Aachen. He was a winner in the driven dressage. Weber is a four-time FEI world medalist.

Four combinations from the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team will compete Friday and Saturday, including 2012 Olympian Tiana Coudray aboard Ringwood Magister. Other U.S. riders are Clark Montgomery, Will Faudree and Marilyn Little, who won the 2012 USEF National CCI3* Eventing Reserve Championship.

Also in equestrian:

U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational, June 26-29, Cascade Stables, New Orleans, La.


IRB World Cup Sevens, June 28-30, Moscow, Russia

The USA Rugby Eagles men’s team will play two games Saturday and the women will play three games Saturday in the World Cup Sevens tournament in Moscow. The U.S. men were to begin play in the tournament Friday against Georgia. Saturday, they’ll face Canada and New Zealand as they attempt to advance to the quarterfinals. The top team in each of six pools, plus the next two best second-place teams, will qualify for the quarterfinals.

The U.S. women placed third in the inaugural women’s World Cup Sevens in 2009. Christine Ringgenberg is the lone returning player from that team. The women will play three times Saturday versus Brazil, Fiji and Spain. The top two teams in each of four pools advance to the quarterfinals.

Matches will be played at the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, the venue of the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games boycotted by the United States.

TV: 1 a.m. ET Saturday and 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Universal Sports


UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, June 29-30, Kirchberg, Austria

Two-time Olympian Mary McConneloug and her husband, Michael Broderick, will race in the elite divisions at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Austria. McClonneloug won the women’s elite race at the 2013 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Argentina.

Also in cycling:

Tour de France, June 29-July 21, France

TV: 7:30-11:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBC Sports Network; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Windham U.S. National Mountain Bike Race (Pro XCT), June 29, Windham, N.Y.

Herman Miller Brickyard Classic, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), June 29, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hellyer Velodrome Challenge, USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC), June 28-29, San Jose, Calif.


ICF Slalom World Cup, June 28-30, Augsburg, Germany

Fabien Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist with France who won bronze in his U.S. World Cup debut last week, and Dana Mann, a native of Slovakia who will make her U.S. international debut this week, are among the U.S. paddlers who’ll compete Friday through Sunday at the ICF Augsburg (Germany) World Cup.

Mann is the wife of U.S. kayaker Scott Mann, a former national teamer who placed fourth at the 2013 U.S. Team Trials. Others competing this weekend include two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld, 2008 Olympian Richard Powell and Ashley Nee. Colleen Hickey and Micki Reeves will make their 2013 international debut in women’s canoe.


IHF World League Semi-Final, June 22-30, London

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Spain in a classification-round game Saturday at the IHF World League Semi-Final in London. If the United States wins, it will play in the fifth-place game Sunday; a loss would send the national team to the seventh-place game.

The United States, ranked No. 10 in the world, lost 4-1 to sixth-ranked Australia in the quarterfinals Thursday, eliminating it from a chance to automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The Americans can still qualify through the Pan American Cup, which will be held in September in Argentina.

“It was a feisty, hard fight. … We have to refocus and plan for our next opponent and come out fighting hard and strong,” said U.S. midfielder Rachel Dawson, a two-time Olympian who scored the only U.S. goal against Australia on a penalty corner.


Pan American Championships, June 22-30, Margarita, Venezuela

Sarah Robles, a 2012 Olympian, will compete in the 75-kilograms-plus weight class on Saturday at the Pan American Championships in Venezuela. Four U.S. men will compete Friday: Jared Fleming and Jonathan North, 94kg; Donovan Ford and David Garcia, 105kg. Shane Maier will compete at 105kg-plus on Sunday. Colin Burns and Travis Cooper each won bronze Thursday.

Also in weightlifting:

National Youth Weightlifting Championships, June 28-30, St. Joseph, Mo.


FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, June 27-July 7, Prague, Czech Republic

The USA Basketball U19 Men’s National Team turned on the defense in its opening game Thursday at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. An 88-29 win over the Ivory Coast marked the fewest points allowed by a U.S. U19 team since the U19 worlds began in 1979.

Seventeen-year-old Justise Winslow of St. Johns High School in Houston, the team’s youngest player, led the U.S. with 14 points and seven rebounds. The United States faces China on Friday and Russia on Saturday to close out preliminary-round play. The playoff rounds begin Monday.

Billy Donovan, head men’s coach at the University of Florida and a gold medal-winning coach with the U18 team in 2012, is the U.S. head coach.

Also in basketball:

USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training and selection camp, June 24-30, Colorado Springs, Colo.


ISF X Junior Women’s World Championship, July 1-7, Brampton, Ont., Canada

The U.S. Junior National Team will begin its defense of world gold Monday, when it faces Great Britain in its opening game of the ISF X Junior Women’s World Championship in Brampton, Ont. The United States is two-time defending champion in the 16-nation tournament field. Pool play continues through July 4, followed by the playoffs the next three days.


Ontario Volleyball Association Grand Slam, June 28-30, Toronto, Canada

Kirby Burnham and Meg Norton will compete in the women’s portion, and Chris van Vuuren and Ian Satterfield will compete in the men’s tournament at the Ontario Volleyball Association Grand Slam in Toronto. Opening matches will be played Friday.

Also in beach volleyball:

FIVB Anapa Open, June 23-28, Russia


USA Fencing National Championships, June 28-July 7, Columbus, Ohio

A record field of nearly 4,000 athletes and 400 teams will compete in the USA Fencing National Championships, which begin Friday with age-group competition in Columbus, Ohio. Senior-level action begins Tuesday with the men’s and women’s team epee tournaments, and continues through next weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The championships also serve as the North American Cup event for July.

Top junior athletes include Margaret Lu, a four-time junior world medalist; Eli Dershwitz, a two-time junior world medalist; and Skyla Powers, a junior world team gold medalist. As a part of the tournament, 2012 Olympian and senior national champion Miles Chamley-Watson will be among several Olympians competing Saturday night in the Battle of the Swords (BOTS) Columbus Clash exhibition at Battelle Hall.


US Modern Pentathlon National Championships, June 28-30, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Competition in the US Modern Pentathlon National Championships begins Friday in the junior and senior women’s division. Most of the events will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; equestrian will take place at the M&M Stables in Fountain, Colo. The men’s competition will be held Saturday, followed by the mixed relay Sunday and the youth divisions next week.


C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta, June 26-30, Newport, R.I.

A US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider selection qualifier is a part of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta this week in Newport, R.I. Competition includes racing in the SKUD-18 and Nacra 17 classes. The Nacra 17 is the equipment selected for the mixed crew multihull event at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. SKUD-18 will be used in the two-person dinghy events at the 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games. The top two U.S. crews in each event in Newport qualify for the national team. The final qualifier will be in July at the Nacra World Championship in The Hague, Netherlands.


USA Baseball Collegiate National Team tour and trials, June 21-July 2, various locations

Austin Cousino of the University of Kentucky had three hits and pitcher Matt Imhof of California Poly threw four scoreless innings for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in a 7-3 rain-shortened victory Thursday over the Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plains League). Team USA has won five straight games in its CPL tour.

Team USA will play Friday at the Florence RedWolves, Saturday and Sunday at the Thomasville HiToms, Monday in Hickory, N.C., vs. the Catawba Valley All-Stars, and again Tuesday in Hickory vs. a Carolina-Virginia collegiate select team.


USA Boxing Junior Olympic National Championships, June 26-29, Mobile, Ala.

Junior World Team Open champions Shakur Stevenson (flyweight) and Brandon Trejo (light welterweight) are among 57 athletes who won quarterfinal-round matches Thursday at the USA Boxing Junior Olympic National Championships. Semifinal-round matches will be held Friday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala., followed by the finals in all divisions Saturday.


USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships, June 28-30, Irving, Texas

Competition begins Friday in the USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships at the Irving (Texas) Convention Center. Sunday’s action includes the Junior Olympic International Championships.


USA Racquetball National Junior Olympic Championships, June 26-30, Des Moines, Iowa

The nation’s top junior-level racquetball athletes will play through Sunday for national titles at the USA Racquetball National Junior Olympic Championships. More than 30 divisions in singles and doubles are being held at the Oakmoor Racquet and Fitness Club in Des Moines, Iowa. The tournament is a qualifier for the U.S. Junior National Team.


eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships, June 21-29, Riverside, Calif.

Competition finishes up Friday and Saturday with the team, duet and solo events in the 16-17 and 18-19 age divisions at the eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships. Billed as the largest event in the world for synchronized swimming, the championships drew more than 1,000 athletes. The finals are scheduled for Saturday.


Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 29-30, West Chester, Ohio

The 13th annual Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio. Age divisions are split into 17-21 and 16-and-under.

Also in water skiing:

Big Dawg World Tour, June 29-30, Canton, Miss.

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.