U.S. Team Finds the Going Rough at Hungary World Cup
The U.S. team fought through another tough day on Friday at the UIPM World Cup #3 in Szazhalombatta, Hungary. None of the four U.S. men were able to advance past the qualification round.
In the first discipline of the day, the fencing competition, 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) collided with his opponent and suffered a concussion which landed him in the hospital for observation. The team is hopeful for his speey recovery in time for next week's World Cup in Russia.
A similar fate happened on Thursday to Suzanne Stettinius (Parkton, Md.) during the women's qualification round when she also suffered an injury that prevented her from continuing in the competition.
The top point getter for the U.S. on Friday was Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) with 4348 points, including a ninth-best time in his group's combined event (10:57.13) which put him in 25th place, well out of the top-12 finish needed to advance to Sunday's final.
Brady's teammate, Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas), placed 24th in a separate qualification group with 4312 points. Bowsher turned in the seventh-fastest swim in his group with a time of 2:03.69.
Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.) placed 32nd in Brady's group with 4172 points.
The U.S. team will look to heal and regroup in time for next weekend's World Cup #4 in Rostov, Russia, the last stop before the World Cup Final and World Championships.