Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Sept. 3, 2013
The United States women’s eight team made it eight straight gold medals at the World Rowing Championships Sunday in Chungju, South Korea. It was one of two gold medals won by Team USA over the weekend, with the other being the women’s four championship on Friday.
“I am thrilled,” U.S. women’s eight coxswain Katelin Snyder said. “I’m thrilled and honored to be here. I feel like the racing is a culmination of what we do all year, and for me, that’s really special because we put in so much work.
“It’s just so great and so good to be able to show off everything we’ve done all year.”
Olympian Meghan Musnicki, at the world championships to compete in the pairs event, joined the women’s eight lineup when stroke Heidi Robbins suffered a back injury prior to the start of competition. The other crew members were Caroline Lind, Vicky Opitz, Grace Luczak, Lauren Schmetterling, Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds and Amanda Polk.
“This doesn’t get old,” said Musnicki, who won gold for the fourth time.
Musnicki and Taylor Goetzinger finished just off the podium, in fourth, in the women’s pair.
The women’s four, which won gold Friday, consisted of Olivia Coffey, Felice Mueller, Tessa Gobbo and Emily Huelskamp.
Kate Bertko and Kristin Hedstrom teamed up for a silver medal Saturday in doubles. The lightweight women’s quadruple sculls team of Hillary Saeger, Nancy Miles, Helen Tompkins and Rachel Stortvedt also claimed a silver medal.
The men’s eight, led by coxswain Zach Vlahos, finished third, as did the men’s four team of Michael Gennaro, Henrik Rummel, Seth Weil and Grant James. Also finishing with a bronze medal was the lightweight men’s eight, led by coxswain Michael Hwang.
Meanwhile Eleanor Logan, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who was part of the first-place women’s eight team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, switched to single sculls where she finished fifth Sunday.
Three-time Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan moved within two wins of completing the 2013 men’s doubles Grand Slam late Monday night with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray of Great Britain.
The Bryan twins are seeking their 93rd title and are trying to become the first team to follow up an Olympic gold medal with a calendar year Grand Slam.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams also kept progressing toward a possible fifth U.S. Open title. Williams is the last American woman left after beating Sloane Stephens, 6-4, 6-1, in an all-U.S. fourth-round match Sunday. Williams recovered from a tough start to win eight of the final nine games and reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 11th time.
Williams and her sister, Venus, are also the last remaining U.S. women’s doubles team after two other U.S. teams lost in the third round.
The quarterfinals of mixed doubles have a match that features a U.S. woman on each team. Abigail Spears and Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez will take on Liezel Huber and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo.
The United States concluded the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, by winning 19 medals (12 gold, two silver, five bronze) and finished No. 1 in the medal count in the event.
Megan Fisher won two world championship titles (C4 class), and Jamie Whitmore also won two gold medals and was crowned the overall title winner in women’s C3 class. Allison Jones was victorious Sunday in the women’s C2 road race for her second 2013 world title. Jones won a time trial earlier in the competition.
Greta Neimanas claimed a bronze medal in the women’s C5 road race with teammate Samantha Heinrich crossing the line in sixth place. In the time trial on Friday, Neimanas claimed the gold medal and Heinrich earned the bronze medal.
Team USA also claimed a silver medal Sunday in the team relay with William Lachenauer, Muffy Davis and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Oz Sanchez.
Davis also was victorious in the women's H2 road race, topping silver medalist Renata Kaluza of Poland and bronze medalist Alicia Dana. In London, Davis dominated the races in her class, taking the individual time trial and individual road race before helping the United States to a relay gold medal.
Monica Bascio won two gold medals, claiming a victory in both the H3 road race and the time trial. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Bascio finished second in both the time trial and the road race.
U.S. Navy veteran Will Groulx, who claimed his first career world medal on Friday with a third place showing in the time trial, upgraded to the next step of the podium for the road race. He finished second in the men’s H1 road race to Italy's Luca Mazzone, 1:30.55 to 1:31.33.
In other action, U.S. Marines Corps veteran Jonathan Copsey narrowly missed the podium in the men’s C4 road race, finishing fourth.
Richard Rude Jr. won the junior men’s downhill title Friday to claim the only U.S. medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Rude, who had finished second in the event a year ago, completed the 3.021-kilometer course in 4:06.640 to lead three Americans in the top 12. Luca Shaw was sixth and Jay Fesperman was 12th.
Olympic bronze medalist (BMX) Jill Kintner just missed out on the podium when she finished fourth in the elite women’s downhill Sunday, missing a medal by 1.03 seconds.
Maggie Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy finished 14th at 500 meters Friday and 15th at 200 meters Saturday in the women’s K-2 at the ICF Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.
Arezou Montamedi was 15th in the women’s K-1 1000-meter event. Also in Duisburg, Anja Pierce won a bronze medal in the women’s V-1 LTA final of the ParaCanoe World Championships.
Summer Ross and Emily Day went from being qualifiers to winning the AVP Tour’s Cincinnati Open Monday. Ross and Day, seeded 14th, knocked off three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Whitney Pavlik, 21-15, 21-11.
Jake Gibb, another Olympian, and Casey Patterson won the men’s title, defeating Nick Lucena and Theodore Brunner 21-14, 22-20.
Nicole Fawcett came off the bench Saturday to lead the United States to a 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory over Japan in its final match at the FIVB World Grand Prix Women’s Final Round. Fawcett had 19 kills and three blocks. Kim Hill added 17 points.
The United States lost its other four matches in the final round, including Friday’s five-set loss to Italy, and still finished sixth. Alisha Glass received the tournament’s Best Setter award.
Elsewhere, the United States finished 11th at the FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship, where it also won its final match, 25-16, 25-17, 25-18, against Canada Sunday in Izmir, Turkey. Michael Henchy had 11 kills in the final match.
The United States also defeated Egypt with a four-set win Friday.
Olympian Steve Gluckstein won the men’s trampoline title Saturday at the Stars and Stripes Cup in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Other senior champions were: Deana Parris, women’s trampoline; Kristle Lowell, women’s double mini-trampoline; Austin White, men’s double mini-trampoline; Cheyenne Kelley, women’s tumbling; and Austin Nacey, men’s tumbling.
Richard Spooner and Caretol 2 won the LACERA “speed and handiness” competition Friday at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Gijon, Spain.
Elsewhere, the United States finished fourth at the FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs in Topolcianky, Slovakia.
Brian Bell and Wimbys Showboat won the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship Friday in Tulsa, Okla.
Light welterweight Jose Alday and heavyweight Cam F. Awesome lost in the finals Monday taking home silver medals from the Continental Championships in Santiago, Chile. Middleweight LeShawn Rodriquez added a bronze medal.
Brianna Daboub scored three goals and Carlee Kapana made 13 saves as the U.S. women won the women’s gold medal at the UANA Youth Pan American Championship with a 10-6 victory over Canada Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The United States went 7-0 at the tournament.
The U.S. men finished second, losing to Brazil, 9-8, in the final after beating Canada, 8-6, in overtime in the semifinals.
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Olympian Matt Tegenkamp repeated his title and Meghan Peyton was the women’s winner Monday at the USA 20 km Championships in New Haven, Conn.
The ice dancing team of Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter earned a silver medal Saturday during the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia. Karen Chen took third for the women’s bronze medal in her Junior Grand Prix debut.
Caeleb Dressel, in the men’s 100-meter freestyle, and Andrew Seliskar, in the men’s 200 butterfly, won gold medals and set meet records Saturday when the World Junior Championships concluded Saturday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The United States led the way with 28 total medals, including nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze, in the six-day event.
Olympian Ariel Hsing won three gold medals at the 2013 ITTF North American Championships in Vancouver. Kunal Chodri won two gold medals. Along with Timothy Wang and Theodore Tran, he won the men’s team title and with Allen Wang and JHA Kanak, he won the junior boys’ team title.
The United States earned the team silver medal and four individuals also picked up medals at the IWWF Wakeboard World Championships, a five-day event that concluded Sunday in Busan, South Korea.
Raimi Merritt won her second straight open women gold medal. Noah Flegel, in junior men, and Jeff Barton, in masters 2 men, also won gold. Taylor McCullough added a girls’ bronze.
Elsewhere, the United States won team gold and 15 individual medals, including six golds, at the Disabled Water Ski World Championships Thursday through Sunday in Milan, Italy.
Katie Mawby won individual gold medals in the vision-impaired women’s slalom, tricks, jumping, and overall. Jessica Radmilovic won gold in seated women’s slalom and tricks.
Meanwhile, the U.S. under 17 and under 13 water ski teams each won titles at the 6th Can Am Challenge at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The two-day, world-record capability event featured team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member under 17 team and a six-member under 13 team represented each country.
The United States lost in both team championships at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, settling for silver medals at the event in Henderson, Nev. The 15-day event wrapped up Friday when the competition included five-player teams in one-game finals.
Finland outscored the U.S. men, 1183-1126, and Korea easily defeated the U.S. women, 1159-992. Tommy Jones led the U.S. men with a 257 while Kelly Kulick led the women with a 224.
After having the opener postponed by rain, the United States split two shutouts at the IBAF AAA/18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. The United States beat Italy, 8-0, Sunday then lost to Australia, 1-0, Monday.
The United States finished fifth overall at the Junior Pan American Championships in Medellin, Colombia, with three gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze medals. The gold medals were won by: Jasmine Nguyen in 16-17 female kata; Joane Orbon in 18-20 female kumite 60kg; and Ivan Fernandez in 12-13 male kumite 40kg.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org.