Blaser sweeps men’s USA Skeleton Team Trials races and Henry takes second win in women’s division

Nov. 03, 2019, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

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Blaser sweeps men’s USA Skeleton Team Trials races and Henry takes second win in women’s division

 


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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2019)Andrew Blaser (Meridian, Idaho) completed a sweep of all four men’s races in USA Skeleton National Team Trials in Lake Placid today, while Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) won her second consecutive race in the women’s field to make a strong bid for a spot on the 2019-2020 World Cup team.

“It’s really exciting to see these athletes come into their own and to see how they are progressing in the sport,” said USA Skeleton Head Coach Tuffy Latour. “We have some high quality athletes on this team, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the season shapes up.”

The USA Skeleton National Team will be announced during a meeting at 9 p.m. EST tonight. Three World Cup quota spots are available for both the women’s and men’s teams. Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) and Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) already have spots locked in thanks to their USA Skeleton National Championships wins, leaving two spots on both teams up for grabs.

Henry was ranked third after the first weekend of races, but she made a convincing claim to a spot on the team by winning the final two races of the series.

“Yesterday helped me feel like I knew I could put two solid runs together,” Henry said.

Henry was dominant from start to finish today, clocking the fastest start times of 5.23 and 5.21 seconds for the quickest downtimes of 55.20 and 55.50 seconds, respectively. Henry finished over half a second ahead of the field to secure her win with a combined time of 1:50.70.

“It was really great to come down after the second run and get a huge hug from Savannah (Graybill),” Henry said. “All of the women did awesome and made it exciting. There were some really strong starts from some of the newer sliders and I am excited for what the season holds for our team, both men and women across the board.”

Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) finished all four races in second place. Today’s finish of 1:51.26 after runs of 55.72 and 55.54 seconds placed her 0.19 seconds ahead of four-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.). Uhlaender finished third with a two-run total of 1:51.45.

Blaser was once again blazing, winning today’s men’s race by 0.25 seconds with a combined time of 1:48.99. Blaser posted push times of 5.02 and 5.00 seconds for runs of 54.60 and 54.39 seconds, respectively.

Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Mass.) rebounded from yesterday’s fourth place finish to make Blaser work for his win. Ivanov was in the lead after a first heat time of 54.32 seconds, but fell back into second with a total time of 1:49.24.

Mike Rogals (Orwell, Vt.) was consistent today, finishing third with a two-run combined time of 1:49.55.

Today’s races complete the USA Skeleton National Team Trials series. USA Bobsled National Team Trials will take place in conjunction with the North American Cup in Lake Placid, which kicks off with official training on Nov. 15.

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USA Skeleton Team Trials race #4 results

Women
1. Megan Henry 1:50.70 (55.20, 55.50);
2. Savannah Graybill 1:51.26 (55.72, 55.54);
3. Katie Uhlaender 1:51.45 (55.60, 55.85);
4. Sara Roderick 1:52.38 (55.81, 56.57);
5. Kelly Curtis 1:53.71 (56.82, 56.89);
6. Kristen Hurley 1:54.53 (57.07, 57.46);
7. Mystique Ro 1:54.64 (56.12, 58.52);
8. Lauren McDonald 1:55.12 (57.50, 57.62);

 

Men

1. Andrew Blaser 1:48.99 (54.60, 54.39);
2. Alex Ivanov 1:49.24 (54.32, 54.92);
3. Mike Rogals 1:49.55 (54.61, 54.94);
4. Austin McCrary 1:49.79 (54.78, 55.01);
5. Daniel Barefoot 1:49.98 (54.68, 55.30);
6. Steve Garbett 1:50.79 (55.83, 54.96);
7. Max Delance 1:51.01 (55.22, 55.79);
8. Chris Strup 1:51.49 (55.48, 56.01);

 

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