Brennan, Gay, National Sled Hockey Team honored by USOC for Outstanding Performances in May

June 10, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Olympic Committee announced diver Allison Brennan and sprinter Tyson Gay as its May Athletes of the Month, while the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team was awarded Team of the Month honors.

Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif.) won the gold medal in the three-meter springboard event at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 9, topping a field that included two Olympic medalists. She finished with 358.55 points, winning by 18 points ahead of 2008 Olympic silver medalist Anastasia Pozdniakova of Russia. She also beat four-time Olympic medalist Wu Minxia of China. Brennan sealed the win with 76.85 points on her reverse 1.5 with 2.5 twists in the last round, good for the highest-scoring dive in the finals. Brennan is an assistant diving coach at the University of South Carolina.

Gay (Clermont, Fla.) ran the third-fastest 200 meters ever while annihilating a world-class field at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 30. In his first 200 on American soil since pulling a hamstring muscle at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Gay rivaled World record pace for the first 100 meters. He blazed to the finish line in 19.58 seconds. Only 1996 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson (19.32) and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt (19.30) have run faster. Earlier in the month, he set a personal best in the 400, running a 45.57 at the Texas Invitational. Gay, a triple gold medalist at the 2007 World Championships, held the lead in the men’s Visa Championship Series with 1,285 points at the end of May. He previously won the 2007 USOC Sportsman of the Year.

The U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey National Team won its first World Championship gold medal at the IPC Sled Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from May 9-16. Team captain Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) scored the gold-medal winning goal with 11 seconds left in the championship game against Norway. The U.S. won, 1-0, as goalie Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) saved all 11 shots he faced. 

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Roster:
Mike Blabac (Buffalo, N.Y.), Cash, Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Jimmy Connelly (Egg Harbor, N.J.), Brad Emmerson (Amherst, N.Y.), Mike Hallman (Hatboro, Pa.), Lonnie Hannah (Boerne, Texas), Tim Jones (Mt. Ephraim, N.J.), Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas), Chris Manns (North Tonawanda, N.Y.), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Josh Pauls (S. Plainfield, N.J.), Greg Shaw (Park City, Utah), Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.), Yohe.

Gymnast Alaina Williams (Huntsville, Ala.) took second place in the Female Athlete of the Month voting after winning three trampoline gold medals in May, two in National competitions and another internationally. She won the Senior Elite Trampoline and Senior Elite Synchro gold medals at the U.S. Elite Challenge in Ft. Smith, Ark., May 8-10. On May 23, she took the women’s trampoline title at the Frivolten Cup in Sweden, winning gold with 96 points.

Finishing third was water polo athlete Lauren Wenger (Long Beach, Calif.), who helped lead the USA Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team to victory against Canada in the FINA Women’s World League Super Final for the Americas. After a 9-5 loss in the first match versus the Canadians, Wenger scored three goals in a 10-5 victory to secure a prelim win May 31. It marked the first win for new coach Adam Krikorian.

The U.S. Sled Hockey World Championship Team picked up another honor as Cash (Overland, Mo.), the goalie, was second in the Male Athlete of the Month voting. Cash played all 235 minutes in net for the U.S. at the IPC Sled Hockey World Championships. He allowed four goals in five games, posting shutouts against Italy and, in the gold-medal game, versus Norway. Cash finished with a .940 save percentage and a 0.80 goals-against average with 63 saves.

Tennis player Devin Britton (Jackson, Miss.), took third for the men. Britton, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Mississippi, won the NCAA Division I Men’s singles title on May 25 in College Station, Texas, and helped Ole Miss advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA team competition. Britton, unseeded in the NCAA draw, went undefeated in singles (9-0) during the month and became the youngest men’s NCAA champion since the current format was adopted in 1977. 

Second place in the team vote went to synchronized divers Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.). In just their second competition together – and their first internationally – the pair won the gold medal in the synchronized three-meter springboard event at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix. Dumais and Ipsen scored 443.13 points, 20 points better than the silver medalists, and 30 points ahead of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team of Chris Colwill and Jevon Tarantino. Dumais and Ipsen were selected to represent the U.S. at the World Championships in July.

Coming in third was the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, which won two international competitions in May, handily defeating Germany and France in friendlies. On May 2, the U.S. bested Germany, 232.400-219.700 and had the better team score for all four rotations. On May 8, the U.S. racked up 229.250 points to France’s 219.100. The Americans also took five of the top six spots in the all-around. 2008 Olympic silver medalist Bridget Sloan (Pittsboro, Ind.) won the all-around in both competitions.

Results:

Women
1. Allison Brennan, Diving
2. Alaina Williams, Gymnastics
3. Lauren Wenger, Water Polo

Men
1. Tyson Gay, Track & Field
2. Steve Cash, Sled Hockey
3. Devin Britton, Tennis

Team
1. U.S. National Team, Sled Hockey
2. Troy Dumais/Kristian Ipsen, Diving
3. U.S. Women’s Team, Gymnastics

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