Brittany Bowe wins the 500m and 1000m races at the Pettit Center

Nov. 03, 2018, 1:30 p.m. (ET)

It was two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe’s day at the long track world cup qualifier at the Pettit Center in Milwaukee, as she skated to a top spot in both the 500m and 1000m world cup events.

The Ladies 500m (2) event came down to the final pairing when Bowe won the event with a time of 38.20, barely beating her 500m (1) time of 38.23. Finishing second, 2018 Olympian Erin Jackson also earned a world cup spot with a time of 38.44, .42 faster than yesterday’s finish.

Bowe skated to another first place win for the day with a fast time of 1:14.46 in the Ladies 1000m, followed by Kimberly Goetz. Goetz was named to the 2018-19 Short Track National Team, but decided to switch to long track this season.

In the Mens 500m (2), two-time Olympian Joey Mantia set the pace early (36.07), racing in the third pairing. Junior skater Austin Kleba almost took the lead during his race in the second-to-last pair, but Mantia’s time held until the last race of the event when Olympian Kimani Griffin took first (35.88), racing against national team member Brett Perry.

Mantia’s race time of 1:09.77 was fast enough to win the Mens 1000m, and a spot on the world cup team. Griffin and junior skater Austin Kleba took the next two spots.

These skaters earned a spot on the world cup team for the 500m:

  • Brittany Bowe
  • Erin Jackson
  • Brianna Bocox
  • Kimi Goetz
  • Kimani Griffin
  • Brett Perry

These skaters earned a spot on the world cup team for the 1000m:

  • Brittany Bowe
  • Kimberly Goetz
  • Brianna Bocox
  • Joey Mantia
  • Kimani Griffin
  • Austin Kleba

Quotes

“As we finished up day two, I’m pleased with another solid 500m and I’m really happy with the time I was able to post in my 1000m,” Brittany Bowe said. “We have one more day of facing and I’m going to try to finish the weekend strong.”

 “After a challenging two seasons on short track, I decided I wanted to try something new,” said Kimberly Goetz. “It’s intimidating switching to a sport where my competition is Brittany Bowe, but she’s been super welcoming and helpful in my transition as have the other coaches and athletes.”

“I still have a ton to learn and hopefully a lot of room for improvement,” Goetz said. “This weekend has been a good marker to see where I am at two months into my long track career. I’m having a lot of fun with long track and looking forward to seeing where I can be in four years from now in 2022.”

“My race yesterday felt like the best race I’ve ever skated technically and I couldn’t be happier about it,” said Brett Perry. “I’m excited to skate some international world cups this season.”

“Today went really well!” Austin Kleba said. “I knew what I had to do and knew how to do it. Although nervous, I knew I could execute my race from all the training that went into it. I was pleased with my body’s response to my demand.”

“We had some excellent 1000s today,” said USS National Long Track Team Head Coach Tom Cushman. “I think the story of the weekend so far is the young skaters really stepping up and filling in the places of retired athletes. I am excited about the future.”

 

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