Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: May 20, 2013
|Paul Stastny (#26) celebrates with his teammates after winning the bronze medal the IIHF World Championship third place match between Finland and USA at Globen Arena on May 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.|
The United States ended a drought and continued a run of success in international ice hockey with a victory Sunday.
Alex Galchenyuk and goaltender John Gibson came through in a shootout to lift the United States to a 3-2 victory over Finland for the bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.
Galchenyuk, who plays for the Montreal Canadiens, scored on both of his shootout attempts. After making 36 saves in 70 minutes, Gibson, an Anaheim Ducks draft pick, stopped three of four shootout attempts.
By recovering from a 3-0 semifinal loss Saturday to Switzerland, the United States medaled at the Men’s World Championships for the first time since 2004 and kept alive its streak of medaling in every major IIHF competition in 2013.
Craig Smith (Nashville Predators) scored on a rebound just 58 seconds into the game and Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche) made it 2-0 later in the first period. They assisted on each other’s goals.
Finland forced overtime, and ultimately a shootout, with goals four minutes apart midway through the third period.
Kristian Ipsen and Samantha Pickens each qualified for the 15th FINA World Championships in two events based on their performances at the USA Diving World Championship Trials, which will conclude today in Tallahassee, Fla.
Ipsen made the team in the 1-meter and the 3-meter individual events, which he won Sunday. Pickens is on the team in the 1-meter event and as part of the synchronized 3-meter event with Amanda Burke.
The world championships are set for July 19-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
“Going to worlds with three years until Rio is going to be an amazing learning experience, and so far the team is incredible,” Ipsen said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tori Lamp and Amy Cozad qualified in the women’s 10-meter Sunday. David Bonuchi and Toby Stanley made it as the 10-meter synchronized men’s team.
The last day of trials will determine spots in the men’s synchronized 3-meter, women’s synchronized 10-meter, women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter. The World University Games team also will be selected based on performances at the Trials.
Elsewhere, Estee Pryor earned a pair of bronze medals Sunday when the FINA Grand Prix concluded in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pryor was third in the women’s 10-meter and in the synchronized 3-meter with Madison Witt.
Christo Law and David Dinsmore added bronze in the men’s synchronized 10-meter. Law and Grayson Campbell, competing as teammates for the first time, took silver in the men’s 3-meter synchronized Saturday.
The United States won eight gold medals Sunday at the Women’s Continental Championships in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza won the flyweight division (112 pounds) in a championship bout with Brazil’s Clelia Marquez. Esparza won her third bout of the tournament, taking a 20-11 decision over Marquez to defend her Continental Championships title.
Queen Underwood, who represented the United States in the London 2012 Olympic Games, boasted the longest road in the tournament to her gold medal at the 2013 Women’s Continental Championships. Competing in the deepest weight class (132) in the event, Underwood boxed every day of the event en route to a lightweight final-round matchup with Argentina’s Dayana Sanchez. Underwood earned a 19-11 decision over Sanchez to win Continental Championships gold after falling short of the medal stand in the 2012 event.
Christina Cruz (119), Jennifer Hamann (125), Bertha Aracil (141), Danyelle Wolf (152), Tiffanie Hearn (178) and Denise Rico (178+) all won titles. Franchon Crews finished second at 165.
TRACK AND FIELD
Jason Richardson and Ryan Wilson finished 1-2 in the 110-meter high hurdles Saturday at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai, China. Aries Merritt, the Olympic champion and world-record holder in the event, pulled up before the first hurdle and told reporters he suffered a leg cramp.
Justin Gatlin, who won the men’s 200 in Doha, Qatar a week earlier, finished second to Jamaica’s Warren Weir in the event in Shanghai. Gatlin recorded a season’s-best time of 20.21 but was edged by Weir, who was clocked at 20.18.
Americans Lashawn Merritt (men’s 400) and Mary Saxer (women’s pole vault) placed second. Michelle Carter placed third in the women’s shot put.
Jamaica dominated the sprints, including the women’s 100, which was won by Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.93). American Carmelita Jeter was third (11:08) but left the track on a stretcher after grabbing her thigh and hobbling as she approached the finish. According to news reports, meet officials said Jeter will undergo medical tests to determine the nature of the injury. Jeneba Tarmoh, the other American woman in the 100, placed eighth.
Two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld was the leading qualifier in men’s canoe Sunday at the U.S. Slalom National Team Trials/Deep Creek Open in McHenry, Md.
Three days and six runs down the course were used to determine the U.S. World Cup Team.
Eichfeld, Fabien Lefevre and Zach Lokken were selected in men’s canoe. Eichfeld was also selected in men’s double canoe along with Devin McEwan. The team of Michael Rudnitsky and Elliot Bertrand was also selected.
Lefevre, Michal Smolen and Richard Powell made the team in men’s kayak.
The women’s kayak selections were Dana Mann and Ashley Nee. The women’s canoe picks were Colleen Hickey, Micki Reeves and Catherine Vuksich.
Elsewhere, Maggie Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy took the silver medal in the Women’s K2 1,000 meters Saturday at the ICF Sprint World Cup stop in Racice, Czech Republic.
Hogan and McElroy, who took third in the same event last week, also placed fourth in the B Final of the K2 500 meters.
Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs defeated Russia’s Saba Khubetzhty by a first-period technical fall 14-3 in a 163-pound bout to close out the freestyle bouts at United 4 Wrestling Sunday in Los Angeles.
The United States went 7-4 in a dual meet against opponents from Canada and Russia in the event.
Olympian Alise Post won her third straight elite supercross national title Saturday at the USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships in Chula Vista, Calif. Nic Long, another 2012 Olympian, won his second elite men’s title.
Post won all three motos on the way to the final where she held off Arielle Martin for the win
“Today was a lot of fun,” Post said. “It was good racing, all the girls were on point. For me, it just felt really great to win three in a row. It’s a great accomplishment.
“On top of that, I made my momma proud. She’s been watching from home and wasn’t able to make it, being in the hospital. I’m happy to have won for her.”
Post’s mother was diagnosed last month with stage four melanoma.
Long edged fellow Olympian Connor Fields.
Maliek Byndloss and Shaelen Reno won junior elite titles.
Elsewhere, Kate Courtney earned a bronze medal Saturday at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The 18-year-old medaled in the junior women’s race.
Mike Gennaro and Olympic bronze medalist Henrik Rummel won the men’s pairs title Saturday at the USRowing National Selection Regatta at Mercer Lake, N.J.
The Selection Regatta decided which rowers will represent the United States at the upcoming Samsung World Cup events. A top-four berth at any World Cup event locks up a spot on the U.S. National Team for the World Rowing Championships, which take place Aug. 25-Sept. 1 in Chungju, South Korea.
Meghan Musnicki, a gold medalist in women’s eight at the London 2012 Olympic Games, joined Taylor Goetzinger to lead women’s pairs qualifying.
Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary won women’s double sculls, Matt Miller and Willie Cowles won men’s double sculls, Kate Bertko and Kristin Hedstrom won lightweight women’s double sculls, and Colin Ethridge and Peter Alter won lightweight men’s double.
Andrew Gemmell and Haley Anderson won 5-kilometer titles Sunday at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake, Calif. Gemmell and Anderson used the wins to qualify for the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The top two men’s and women’s finishers from Friday’s 10K national championship also qualified for worlds. Alex Meyer and Sean Ryan finished 1-2 among men while Christine Jennings and Becca Mann were 1-2 among women in the 10K.
ARCHERY: Braden Gellenthien won men’s compound gold and Reo Wilde took the bronze Saturday at the World Cup season opener in Shanghai, China. The United States team of Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig defeated India Sunday for the recurve mixed team gold medal.
TABLE TENNIS: Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, both 2012 Olympians, reached the round of 64 in women’s doubles then were eliminated at the ITTF World Championships in Paris.
FENCING: Amanda Sirico placed 14th to lead the U.S. entries at the women’s epee World Cup event Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
BASKETBALL: Ariel Massengale and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who have three international gold medals to their credit, were among the 12 players named Sunday to the U.S. team for the World University Games following trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The World University Games begin July 8 in Kazan, Russia.
RACQUETBALL: Connor Laffey won the men’s elite title at the Ektelon National Singles Championships in Fullerton, Calif.
VOLLEYBALL: The U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team swept Russia in three weekend exhibition matches in Edmond, Okla.
WATER POLO: The New York Athletic Club successfully defended its Fisher Cup title with an 11-5 victory over the Newport Water Polo Foundation Sunday in San Diego.
TRIATHLON: Lukas Verzbicas and Eric Lagerstrom, the only two U.S. entries, were unable to complete the ITU World Cup event in Huatulco, Mexico.
RUGBY: The United States closed out the IRB Women’s Sevens series Saturday with a 17-12 victory over Spain in the Plate Final of the Amsterdam Sevens in The Netherlands. The Plate goes to the team that finishes fifth overall at the event. The U.S. women also finished the series fourth in the point standings. The Rugby World Cup Sevens are scheduled for June in Moscow.
BADMINTON: The United States, with 10 athletes entered, is one of more than 50 nations at the Sudirman Cup, the world mixed team championships, which began Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event continues through May 26.
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.