O'Shea and Antoine named USA Skeleton National Champions

March 25, 2017, 12:38 p.m. (ET)

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O’Shea and Antoine named USA Skeleton National Champions

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (March 25, 2017)- Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) claimed their respective USA Skeleton National Championships titles at Mount Van Hoevenberg today. This is O’Shea’s fourth career national title and Antoine’s sixth.

“This race was a good mix of veterans and young new athletes coming up the pipeline, and it’s pushing the veterans to become better,” said Zach Lund, USA Skeleton assistant coach. “I’m really excited about where our program is heading. It’s been crazy weather this week with a snowstorm yesterday, rain last night and then warm today, but the track crew did an amazing job keeping the track in great condition for a fair race.”

O’Shea entered today’s final heats 0.27 seconds behind Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) in second. She gained the lead by a mere 0.01 seconds in today’s opening heat with a time of 56.19 seconds, and solidified her title in the finale with a time of 56.09 seconds. O’Shea claimed her fourth title by 0.22 seconds with a four-run combined time of 3:43.37.

“I didn’t put the pressure on myself to do well, to win, to race better since I had a really tough season,” O’Shea said. “I’m just not racing to the best of my abilities. My family got here last night, so I went to dinner with them. I actually didn’t sleep at all last night, I just couldn’t fall asleep, so it’s kind of comical that I was focused and aware and in my own zone that I haven’t been able to get to all year. I’m proud of myself for getting there and having my focus just be on myself today.”

Three-time Olympian Uhlaender finished second today after posting times of 56.47 and 56.30 seconds for a total time of 3:43.59. Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) maintained her position to secure the bronze medal in 3:44.23 after clocking times of 56.51 and 56.59 seconds.

Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) moved up to fourth place with a total of 3:45.10. Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) finished fifth in 3:45.34, while Gracie Clapp-Taylor (St. Johns, Fla.) was sixth in 3:45.40.

Antoine dominated the men’s race with the four fastest runs of the race to claim his sixth career title by a huge margin of 2.25 seconds. Antoine led with runs of 54.35 and 54.50 seconds for a combined time of 3:36.02.

“They weren’t my best runs, but one of the biggest things about coming back to Lake Placid was to test some sled setups and runners and it was good to see how those setups ran here,” Antoine said. “It’s nice not going into an Olympic season with some of those questions hanging over me. It’s always nice to come back at the end of the season to race with all of people on other tours and the new athletes. Taking my sixth national title is pretty special.”

Nathan Crumpton (Park City, Utah) jumped up a spot to claim silver in 3:38.27 with runs of 54.71 and 54.81 seconds. Two-time Olympian John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) capped his comeback season with a third place finish after posting runs of 54.96 and 54.79 seconds for a total of 3:38.55.

Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Mass.) totaled a time of 3:39.39 to finish fourth. Mike Rogals (Orwell, Vt.) was fifth in 3:39.63, and Jake Miter (Troy, N.Y.) rounded out the top six with a four-run combined time of 3:41.04.

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Final results

 

Women’s skeleton

1.Annie O’Shea  3:43.37 (55.30, 55.79, 56.19, 56.09);

2. Katie Uhlaender 3:43.59 (55.40, 55.42, 56.47, 56.30);

3. Savannah Graybill 3:44.23 (55.25, 55.88, 56.51, 56.59);

4. Kendall Wesenberg 3:45.10 (55.55, 56.31, 56.61, 56.63);

5. Megan Henry 3:45.34 (55.80, 55.73, 57.38, 56.43);

6. Gracie Clapp-Taylor 3:45.40 (55.70, 56.18, 56.78, 56.74);

7. Kellie Delka 3:46.24 (55.85, 56.46, 57.06, 56.87);

8. Leslie Stratton 3:49.71 (56.69, 57.26, 57.96, 57.80);

9. Michelle Toukan 3:50.25 (56.88, 57.01, 58.30, 58.06);

10. Megan Dovell 3:50.32 (57.07, 57.63, 57.71, 57.91);

11. Mystique Ro 3:55.58 (58.39, 57.92, 1:00.14, 59.13);

12. Melissa Gergel 4:00.31 (59.00, 59.26, 1:00.99, 1:01.06);

13. April Montoya-Collis 4:20.38 (1:01.39, 1:04.08, 1:07.27, 1:07.64);

Kristen Hurley DSQ

 

Men’s skeleton

1.Matt Antoine 3:36.02 (53.50, 53.67, 54.35, 54.50);

2. Nathan Crumpton 3:38.27 (54.24, 54.51, 54.71, 54.81);

3. John Daly 3:38.55 (53.89, 54.91, 54.96, 54.79);

4. Alex Ivanov 3:39.39 (54.39, 54.32, 55.24, 55.44);

5. Mike Rogals 3:39.63 (54.52, 54.56, 55.34, 55.21);

6. Jake Miter 3:41.04 (54.77, 55.31, 55.56, 55.40);

7. Austin Florian 3:42.48 (55.04, 55.59, 55.88, 55.97);

8. Austin McCrary 3:42.54 (54.83, 55.41, 56.02, 56.28);

9. Jimmy Nguyen 3:44.08 (55.20, 55.90, 56.32, 56.55);

10. Donny Nadon 3:44.81 (55.35, 56.33, 56.92, 56.21);

11. Michael Brandt 3:45.26 (56.28, 55.37, 56.27, 57.34);

12. Dakarai Kongela 3:45.45 (55.28, 56.41, 57.28, 56.48);

13. Daniel Barefoot 3:46.54 (55.95, 56.14, 56.89, 57.56);

14. Mike Terry 3:46.99 (56.20, 56.47, 56.87, 57.45);

15. Max Delance 3:47.86 (56.57, 57.00, 57.17, 57.12);

16. Alex Rouse 3:47.95 (56.00, 56.65, 58.01, 57.29);

17. Chris Strup 3:49.01 (56.43, 56.94, 57.96, 57.68);

18. Nick Drozd 3:49.24 (59.94, 56.02, 56.79, 56.49);

19. Jared Firestone 3:49.96 (56.87, 57.21, 58.03, 57.85);

20. Mitchell Jones 3:50.10 (56.12, 57.35, 57.82, 58.81);

21. Luke Favata 2:53.80 (57.44, 57.83, 58.53);

22. Alex McCrory 2:54.22 (57.14, 58.53, 58.55);

23. Michael Anderson 3:11.42 (1:04.05, 1:03.57, 1:03.80);

24. Chris Sandoval 3:17.23 (1:08.44, 1:06.03, 1:02.76);


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