O'Shea and Antoine win USA Skeleton National Championship titles

March 25, 2016, 3:35 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, amanda.bird@usabs.com

O’Shea and Antoine win USA Skeleton National Championship titles


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (March 25, 2016)- Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) were victorious in the 2015-2016 season finale, winning their respective USA Skeleton National Championships titles at Mount Van Hoevenberg today.

“The program is growing year after year,” said Tuffy Latour, USA Skeleton head coach. “We have a great partnership with the Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Utah Olympic Park for our development programs. Annie and Matt didn’t leave anything behind and finished up the season strong, and our emerging athletes challenged the veterans. It was a great end to the season and I’m looking forward to seeing what these athletes can do next year.”

O’Shea finished the World Cup season ranked fourth after winning two World Cup medals, including her first career victory, and posting five top-10 finishes. O’Shea already had the 2011 and 2013 national titles in the bank, but after a rollercoaster few years she was eager to reclaim the rights as USA Skeleton National Champion.

“It feels really nice to win another national championships,” O’Shea said. “This is my third title and it’s been a few years since I’ve won one. I’ve had some difficult years and to end with this after my best season I’ve had so far, I really couldn’t be happier.”

O’Shea expanded her half a second lead from yesterday to convincingly take the title by 1.63 seconds. She clocked runs of 57.83 and 56.92 seconds for a four-run combined time of 3:46.53.

“It really sets me up with a good feeling for the offseason,” O’Shea said. “I have some great summer plans and I’m really excited. We have a really great team dynamic and I think that will continue to grow through our team camp this summer and into next season. I’m really excited for that and to be supportive of everyone and be that ‘one team’ mentality that stuck this year.”

Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) was runner-up with a combined time of 3:48.16. Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) rallied back today to claim bronze in 3:49.82.

Veronica Day (Vienna, Va.) finished fourth in 3:50.41. Morgan Tracey (Champion, Ohio) was fifth in 3:52.56 and Kellie Delka (Collinsville, Texas) clocked a total time of 3:53.97 for sixth.

Antoine made some equipment adjustments overnight and came back today to further his lead in the men’s field. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist clocked runs of 56.27 and 55.65 seconds, again fastest of the field, for a four-run combined time of 3:41.08. He claimed his fifth career national championship title by 0.63 seconds.

“I made some changes to my equipment today, I wasn’t too pleased yesterday with how things went,” Antoine said. “Last night I broke the sled down, made changes inside the sled and my runners, and I was happier with my equipment setup going into today; more confident with it. My runs today still weren’t the best. I really struggled these last couple days with being consistent and getting the speed.”

Antoine said he’s disappointed with his season results and was pleased to cap the season with a win.

“I’m a little upset at myself with how I actually performed, but I feel fortunate to still have walked away as national champion,” Antoine said. “This being my fifth national championship, it’s a good feeling. It’s a great way to end the season. It’s been a tough season for me, but I’m happy to come back to Lake Placid and that I was able to pull that off, but I’m looking forward to putting the season in the rearview mirror and starting over next year.”

Kyle Brown (Concord, N.H.) maintained second position to secure the silver medal in 3:41.71. Nathan Crumpton (Park City, Utah) was third in 3:42.69.

Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Mass.) finished fourth with a total time of 3:44.04. Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) was fifth in 3:44.68, and Greg West (Springfield, Mo.) was sixth in 3:45.20.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. Get updates on the team by following USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Facebook, USBSF on Twitter and USABS on Instagram.

Results

Women’s skeleton
1. Annie O’Shea 3:46.53 (55.81, 55.97, 57.83, 56.92);
2. Savannah Graybill 3:48.16 (56.09, 56.22, 58.43, 57.42);
3. Kendall Wesenberg 3:49.82 (56.39, 56.91, 58.85, 57.67);
4. Veronica Day 3:50.41 (56.53, 56.76, 58.95, 58.17);
5. Morgan Tracey 3:52.56 (57.19, 57.41, 59.55, 58.41);
6. Kellie Delka 3:53.97 (57.52, 57.26, 1:00.19, 59.00);
7. Samantha Culiver 3:54.11 (57.90, 57.78, 59.90, 58.53);
8. Leslie Stratton 3:54.40 (57.84, 58.21, 59.70, 58.65);
9. Kelly Curtis 3:54.86 (58.51, 58.01, 1:00.06, 58.28);
10. Katelyn Kelly 3:55.07 (57.69, 58.15, 59.96, 59.27);
11. Rebecca Hass 3:56.25 (58.40, 58.28, 1:00.25, 59.32);
12. Megan Dovell 3:56.35 (58.47, 58.24, 1:00.05, 59.59);
13. Kristen Hurley 4:00.42 (59.72, 59.55, 1:01.34, 59.81);
14. Kalyn McGuire 4:01.48 (59.64, 59.08, 1:03.06, 59.70);
15. Brooke Granquist 4:06.00 (1:01.15, 1:00.63, 1:03.12, 1:01.10);
16. Caitlin Stuetz 4:14.92 (58.03, 58.89, 1:18.34, 59.66);

Men’s skeleton
1. Matt Antoine 3:41.08 (54.57, 54.59, 56.27);
2. Kyle Brown 3:41.71 (54.64, 54.61, 56.74, 55.72);
3. Nathan Crumpton 23:42.69 (54.83, 54.73, 56.91, 56.22);
4. Alex Ivanov 3:44.04 (54.89, 55.57, 57.32, 56.26);
5. Kyle Tress 3:44.68 (55.36, 55.39, 57.21, 56.72);
6. Greg West 3:45.20 (55.51, 55.35, 57.47, 56.87);
7. Mike Rogals 3:46.40 (55.58, 55.92, 58.01, 56.89);
8. Austin Florian 3:46.58 (55.53, 55.84, 58.18, 57.03);
9. Jake Miter 3:47.43 (55.91, 55.90, 58.50, 57.12);
10. John Ivy 3:47.90 (55.99, 56.33, 58.44, 57.14);
11. Jake Bergstrom 3:48.37 (55.67, 56.68, 58.95, 57.07);
12. Anthony Watson 3:49.01 (56.80, 56.72, 57.97, 57.52);
13. Jimmy Nguyen 3:50.42 (56.48, 56.96, 59.61, 57.37);
14. Allen Blackwell 3:50.44 (57.26, 56.76, 58.85, 57.57);
15. Rob Germaine 3:51.16 (56.88, 57.02, 59.03, 58.23);
16. Mike Terry 3:51.61 (56.76, 57.44, 59.31, 58.10);
17. Alex Rousche 3:51.66 (56.65, 57.06, 59.49, 58.46);
18. Mike Strahler 3:52.36 (57.17, 57.69, 59.17, 58.33);
19. Andrew Blaser 3:53.58 (58.48, 57.15, 58.82, 59.13);
20. Mike Brandy 3:54.06 (57.81, 58.02, 59.58, 58.65);
21. Max Delance 3:54.29 (57.26, 57.85, 1:00.12, 59.06);
22. Nic Taylor 3:58.02 (59.15, 58.76, 1:01.01, 59.10);

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