Antoine wins final race of career; Graybill secures national team spot with second victory

Oct. 26, 2018, 3:11 p.m. (ET)

 

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Antoine wins final race of career; Graybill secures national team spot with second victory

 

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(Oct. 26, 2018)- Matt Antoine(Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and Savannah Graybill(Denver, Pa.) were victorious in the third and final team selection race today at Mount Van Hoevenberg. It was a bittersweet race for Antoine, who took the final run and victory of his career. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist announced his retirement and will join the USA Skeleton coaching staff. Graybill secured her spot on the national team by winning two of the three races.

Points will be combined from the three-race series to determine the six men’s and five women’s athletes that will be named to the USA Skeleton National Team. The U.S. earned three men’s quota spots on both the World Cup and Intercontinental Cup tours, while the women earned two World Cup and three Intercontinental Cup spots. The USA Skeleton National Team will be named at 7 p.m. EST tonight. 

Antoine was fifth after the first heat, but threw down a time of 54.17 seconds to move into the lead by 0.09 seconds. Staff, coaches and athletes came out to the start deck to cheer for the veteran, who has led the men’s team for over a decade, as he took his final run. Antoine clocked a total time of 1:48.69 to take the win and finish as the top American slider in trials.

Austin Florian(Southington, Conn.) put together two solid runs to finish second to Antoine in 1:48.78. Florian has had a breakthrough trials, posting the second-best times of the day, 54.35 and 54.43 seconds, to make a bid for his first national team berth. Greg West(Springfield, Mo.) clocked a two-run total of 1:48.79 for third with runs of 54.34 and 54.45.

Kyle Brown(Concord, N.H.) posted runs of 54.45 and 54.54 seconds for a combined time of 1:48.99 to finish fourth, followed by Nathan Crumpton(Park City, Utah) in fifth with a 1:49.28 and Steven Garbett(Colorado Springs, Colo.) in sixth with an aggregate time of 1:49.56.

Graybill was dominant again today, racing to the finish with a total time of 1:51.16 after posting the fastest times of the women’s field in both heats, 55.38 and 55.78. With two wins under her belt, Graybill has secured a spot on the women’s national team.

“I feel really excited for the upcoming season,” Graybill said. “The dynamic of the team has changed so much and it’s so positive; everyone is collaborating and helping each other to get better and better. I had a tough summer trying to figure out what my mindset needed to be coming into this year after coming through the Olympic process and cycle last season, and I feel like I’m getting back to basics and starting to feel why I love this sport again. Remembering that love of sliding and that love of being calm on the sled is really helping me.”

Kendall Wesenberg(Modesto, Calif.) raced to second place with a cumulative time of 1:51.76 (55.61, 56.15). Wesenberg won the season-opening selection race and finished second to Graybill in the final two races.

Megan Henry(Roxbury, Conn.) was the fastest woman off the start with push times of 5.27 and 5.24 seconds for identical run times of 55.94 seconds. Henry finished third in 1:51.88.

Veronica Day(Vienna, Va.) was fourth in 1:52.26 followed by Sam Culiver(Scottsdale, Ariz.) in fifth with a 1:52.28 and Kelly Curtis(Princeton, N.J.) in sixth with a 1:54.13.

Four-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender(Breckenridge, Colo.) did not race in team selection races and it’s unclear if she will participate this season.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. 

Results

Men
1. Matt Antoine 1:48.69 (54.52.54.17);
2. Austin Florian 1:48.78 (54.35, 54.43);
3. Greg West 1:48.79 (54.34, 54.45);
4. Kyle Brown 1:48.99 (54.45, 54.54);
5. Nathan Crumpton 1:49.28 (54.43, 54.85);
6. Steve Garbett 1:49.56 (54.82, 54.74);
7. Mike Rogals 1:49.81 (55.02, 54.79);
8. Alex Ivanov 1:50.01 (54.85, 55.16);
9. Andrew Blaser 1:50.76 (54.97, 55.79);
10. Max Delance 1:51.02 (55.34, 55.68);
11. Daniel Barefoot 1:51.37 (55.62, 55.75);
12. Christopher Strup 1:52.97 (56.48, 56.49);

Women
1. Savannah Graybill 1:51.16 (55.38, 55.78);
2. Kendall Wesenberg 1:51.76 (55.61, 56.15);
3. Megan Henry 1:51.88 (55.94, 55.94);
4. Veronica Day 1:52.26 (55.88, 56.45);
5. Sam Culiver 1:52.28 (55.83, 56.45);
6. Kelly Curtis 1:54.13 (57.39, 56.74);
7. Kristen Hurley 1:54.40 (57.08, 57.32);
8. Michelle Toukan 1:54.60 (57.43, 57.17);
9. Mystique Ro 1:55.49 (57.81, 57.68);

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