Antoine and Graybill defend USA Skeleton National Championship titles

March 20, 2015, 4:06 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director
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Antoine and Graybill defend USA Skeleton National Championship titles


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (March 20, 2015)- Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) successfully defended their USA Skeleton National Championship titles in Lake Placid, N.Y. today after shattering the track records.

“This is a great finish to the season, and we again have to thank Tony Carlino and his crew for coming through with track record ice,” said Tuffy Latour, USA Skeleton head coach. “Congratulations to all the athletes for finishing a very hard and long season.”

Antoine dominated today by posting the fastest start and finish times along with yet another record-breaking downtime. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist kicked off the men’s race with a push time of 4.98 seconds before crushing the track record he set yesterday by 0.11 seconds with a run of 53.13.

“It was exciting again today,” Antoine said. “I saw the women’s times and knew the ice was fast, so I knew the potential to break the record again was there. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to be the first to slide under 53 seconds and into 52, but that didn’t happen today. I have some more time to make that happen, and I’ll be going for it next season.”

Antoine extended his lead over the field to an incredible 3.02 seconds in the fourth and final heat after posting a run of 53.32 seconds for a four-run combined time of 3:33.18. Antoine capped his season with his fourth career USA Skeleton National Championship win.

“My goal was to relax and let my ability take over again after trying to make things happen all season,” Antoine said. “I needed to focus on just letting go, and I can honestly say this was the first week all season that I actually had fun and enjoyed sliding. It’s nice to have that feeling again.”

Kyle Brown (Concord, N.H.) maintained second place after clocking runs of 53.98 and 53.87 seconds today. He claimed silver with a combined time of 3:36.20. Greg West (Orange Beach, Ala.) threatened to move up with the second fastest run of the third heat, 53.93 seconds, but ultimately finished third to Brown with an aggregate time of 3:36.75.

In the women’s race, Graybill set the pace by breaking her own track record set last March in the 2014 USA Skeleton National Championships by 0.18 seconds with a run of 55.04.

“It felt good,” Graybill said. “I knew the ice would be in great condition. Coming out today my goal was to break the track record, and Matt crushing his record yesterday motivated me. It was so impressive, and I knew the track record was going to do whatever possible to make the same conditions today. I was going for it.”

Graybill posted the fastest run in the final heat, 55.27 seconds, to claim her second career USA Skeleton National Championship crown with a total time of 3:41.42.

“I had a lot of ups and downs this season and I wanted to finish with consistency,” Graybill said. “I felt at home on my sled again over these last two days. I’m excited about summer training, and I have a lot of work to do before next season.”

Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) moved up from third to secure the silver medal after clocking third and fourth run times of 55.12 and 55.68 seconds for a two-day combined time of 3:42.39. O’Shea had the fastest push times of the women’s heats today, 5.39 and 5.37 seconds.

Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) claimed bronze with a cumulative time of 3:42.73 after sliding to the finish in 55.38 and 55.78 seconds to conclude a successful season back on her sled after a medical hiatus.

Today’s final heats conclude the skeleton competitive season. The USA Bobsled Skeleton National Championships begin at 4 p.m.

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Results

Women’s Skeleton
1. Savannah Graybill 3:41.42 (55.24, 55.87, 55.04, 55.27); 2. Annie O’Shea 3:42.39 (55.49, 56.10, 55.12, 55.68); 3. Megan Henry 3:42.73 (55.73, 55.84, 55.38, 55.78); 4. Kellie Delka 3:44.76 (56.18, 56.54, 55.68, 56.36); 5. Morgan Tracey 3:45.71 (56.54, 56.75, 56.18, 56.24); 6. Lauri Bausch 3:46.19 (56.34, 56.71, 56.47, 56.67); 7. Kendall Wesenberg 3:46.97 (56.50, 56.85, 56.74, 56.88); 8. Kelly Curtis 3:47.06 (56.52, 57.30, 56.57, 56.67); 9. Samantha Culiver 3:47.08 (57.31, 56.99, 56.14, 56.64); 10. Rebecca Hass 3:52.68 (58.10, 58.95, 57.23, 58.40); 11. Megan Dovell 3:53.00 (57.83, 58.44, 59.11, 57.62); 12. Kalyn McGuire 3:53.03 (58.02, 58.41, 57.89, 58.71); 13. Merissa Gray 3:56.70 (59.02, 59.40, 58.77, 59.51);

Men’s Skeleton
1. Matt Antoine 3:33.18 (53.24, 53.49, 53.13, 53.32); 2. Kyle Brown 3:36.20 (53.93, 54.42, 53.98, 53.87); 3. Greg West 3:36.75 (54.12, 54.35, 53.93, 54.35); 4. Alex Ivanov 3:36.99 (54.46, 54.27, 54.14, 54.12); 5. Steve Garbett 3:37.91 (54.54, 54.59, 54.35, 54.43); 6. Mike Rogals 3:38.76 (54.85, 54.72, 54.05, 55.14); 7. Allen Blackwell 3:38.83 (54.43, 54.98, 54.49, 54.93); 8. Jacob Miter 3:39.54 (54.65, 54.95, 54.69, 55.25); 9. Mike Dellemann 3:40.82 (54.77, 55.20, 54.69, 56.16); 10. Justin Wachowski 3:41.02 (55.13, 55.36, 55.13, 55.40); 11. Jake Bergstrom 3:42.47 (55.57, 56.08, 55.41, 55.41); 12. Robert Germaine 3:42.72 (55.82, 55.84, 55.57, 55.49); 13. Austin Florian 3:43.03 (55.54, 55.72, 55.81, 55.96); 14. Kindrick Carter 3:44.57 (55.84, 56.31, 56.34, 56.08); 15. Jimmy Nguyen 3:45.73 (56.41, 57.03, 55.89, 56.40); Kyle Tress 2:44.88 (54.49, 54.76, 55.63, DNS);

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