Team USA Weekend Preview: April 4, 2014

By Paul D. Bowker | April 04, 2014, 2:37 p.m. (ET)
Alexander Massialas (L) competes against Sebastian Bachmann (R) of Germany during the men's foil team fencing at the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on Aug. 5, 2012 in London.

Top U.S. athletes are competing this weekend in fencing, triathlon, modern pentathlon, gymnastics, soccer and more. Among busy athletes this weekend is Elana Meyers, fresh off her silver medal in Sochi, who is now in China competing in her first event in rugby. Read this week’s edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.

FENCING

Junior and Cadet World Championships, April 3-12, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

London Olympians Alexander Massialas and Lee Kiefer are among the U.S. athletes competing at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Bulgaria. Both Massialas and Kiefer have medaled at the last three Junior World Championships in foil. Kiefer, a sophomore at Notre Dame, won her second NCAA championship in women’s foil two weeks ago.

Competition in cadet foil, epée and saber will be held through Sunday. Preliminary-round action will begin in junior women’s foil and junior men’s saber Sunday.

Sabrina Massialas, who is Alexander’s younger sister, will compete in both cadet and junior women’s divisions after winning a silver medal at the 2013 Cadet World Championships. Alex Kiefer, Lee’s younger sister, will compete in the junior team event alongside Alexander Massialas, Michael Woo and 2013 junior world silver medalist Nobuo Bravo.

Adrienne Jarocki, who won the gold medal in the 2013 team event and the silver medal individually, will compete in the junior women’s saber team event. She won the 2014 NCAA championship in women’s saber.

TRIATHLON

ITU World Triathlon Series, April 5-6, Auckland, New Zealand

The ITU World Triathlon Series begins its season Saturday and Sunday in New Zealand. The eight-leg series includes a June stop in Chicago.

Gwen Jorgensen, who is ranked No. 4 in the ITU World Triathlon women’s rankings, will be among eight U.S. athletes competing in the season-opening World Triathlon Series in Auckland, New Zealand. Jorgensen, who won three World Triathlon Series races in 2013, began her season by winning the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup in March.

Joining Jorgensen in the women’s race Saturday are Sarah Groff, Katie Hursey and Michelle Mehnert. Hursey won the New Plymouth World Cup two weeks ago.

Jarrod Shoemaker, a 2008 Olympian, is among four U.S. athletes in the men‘s race Sunday. Joining him are Joe Maloy, Tommy Zaferes and William Huffman.

Also in triathlon:

USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, April 4-5, Tempe, Ariz.

Webcast: 10:15 a.m. ET Saturday, usatriathlon.org

MODERN PENTATHLON

World Cup, April 2-5, Cairo

Margaux Isaksen, a 2012 Olympian, and Samantha Achterberg will compete in the women’s finals of world cup No. 2 Friday in Cairo, Egypt. The men’s finals will be held Saturday. Brendan Anderson is among the U.S. men.

RUGBY

2013-14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series – Guangzhao Women’s Sevens

The Women’s Eagles Sevens will play in the fourth round of the 2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series, this time in China. The team will open against Canada, followed by Russia and France. Among additions to the team in China is Elana Meyers, the bobsledder who earned a silver medal with Lauryn Williams in Sochi in February. Meyers will be competing in her first rugby event. Alev Kelter was also added to the team for this event, as was Shaina Turley. This will not be Turley’s first sevens cap with the Eagles. The Marine, who has been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., as part of the World Class Athlete Program, appeared in the 2009 Dubai Sevens tournament. The Eagles lost in the Plate Final in Dubai that year.

Webcast: http://wsws.irb.com/

SWIMMING

FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup, Cancun, Mexico

Swimmers from around the world, including Americans Eva Fabian and Alex Meyer, will be competing in the second event on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit. The stop in Mexico is the second in the series, with the first taking place in Argentina in February.

GYMNASTICS

FIG World Cup, April 4-6, Lisbon, Portugal

Jazzy Kerber, who advanced to the all-around finals at the 2013 rhythmic gymnastics world championships, and Serena Lu will represent the United States at the FIG World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal, beginning Friday. Competition will be held in all-around and four individual events.

FIG World Cup All-Around Series, April 5-6, Tokyo

Peyton Ernst, a silver medalist at the 2013 FIG World Cup in Tokyo, will compete in this year’s event Saturday and Sunday. It is the final leg of the World Cup All-Around Series.

The women’s vault and uneven bars will be held Saturday, followed by the balance beam and floor exercise Sunday.

Also in gymnastics:

Liston International Tournament, junior rhythmic gymnastics, April 3-6, Lisbon, Portugal

SOCCER

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China, April 6, Commerce City, Colo.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play an international friendly against China PR on Sunday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

A training session will be open to the public at noon MT Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The United States and China PR also will play next Thursday in San Diego.

Also in soccer:

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at Josip Katalinski International Tournament, April 3-6, Sarajevo

WEIGHTLIFTING

Junior Pan American Championships, April 1-6, Reno, Nev.

Fifteen U.S. athletes are competing in the Junior Pan American Championships this week in Reno, Nev. The event is being held at the Silver Legacy Resort.

Nathan Damron will compete in the men’s 77-kilogram class, and Paul Woelmer and C. Hunter Forte will compete at 85 kilograms Saturday. U.S. athletes in Friday’s competition includes Hailee Lollar in women’s 58-kilogram class, Lauren Fisher in women’s 63 kilograms, and Dominic Stolle and Thomas Felstead in men’s 69 kilograms.

ARCHERY

Arizona Cup, April 3-6, Phoenix

The AAE Arizona Cup, which is the first USAT Qualifier Series event of the outdoor season, will go through Sunday at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Competition will be held in recurve (the Olympic discipline), compound and para archery.

TRACK & FIELD

U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials, April 4-5, Miramar, Fla.

The selection trials for the Youth Olympic Team will be held Friday and Saturday at Ansin Sport Complex in Miramar, Fla. The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held in August.

Also in track and field:

USA 10-Mile Championships, April 6, Washington

CYCLING

Sunny King Criterium, April 5, Anniston, Ala.

The Sunny King Criterium will be held on the streets of downtown Anniston, Ala., on Saturday. The event is a part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar (NCC).

Also in cycling:

USA Cycling Collegiate BMX National Championships, April 4-5, DeSoto, Texas

ROWING

Crew Classic, April 5-6, San Diego

More than 4,400 athletes in ages up to 84 years will compete in more than 100 events at the Crew Classic. The event will be held over two days on Mission Bay in San Diego. It is one of the largest regattas in the United States.

FIGURE SKATING

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 4-5, Courmayeur, Italy

The 2014 U.S. champion Haydenettes synchronized skating team of Lexington, Mass., and national-runner-up Crystallettes of Dearborn, Mich., will compete Friday and Saturday in the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Italy. The Haydenettes have won four consecutive bronze medals at the world championships.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org

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