Team USA had an exciting weekend. World medals were won, Olympic journeys continued, and athletes battled through the Warrior Games presented by Deloitte.
Eleanor Logan and Erin Cafaro took the silver while Taylor Ritzel and Caroline Lind claimed the bronze Sunday in the women’s pairs event at the World Rowing Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.
Logan and Cafaro were gold medalists at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the women’s eight and were winners of the first National Selection Regatta.
The top-four World Cup finish qualifies Logan and Cafaro for the 2012 Olympic Team. They have until May 30 to accept the berth or the event will be included at the 2012 Olympic Trials June 11-14 in West Windsor, N.J.
The U.S. women’s quadruple sculls crew of Kate Bertko, Kara Kohler, Kady Glessner and Stesha Carle finished fourth.
Julie Nichols and Kristin Hedstrom finished sixth in the U.S. lightweight women’s double sculls.
The U.S. trunk and arms mixed double sculls crew of Rob Jones and Oksana Masters won gold Saturday at the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Belgrade.
The finish qualified Jones and Masters for the U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team, pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Jones, a 26-year-old U.S. Marine sergeant who became a bilateral above knee amputee in July 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, began training with Masters last summer.
Dana Fink finished third in the arms and shoulders women’s single scull.
Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team Maclaren crew Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won the 2012 US Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta by defeating Sally Barkow and her Team 7 Match Race crew Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham and Alana O’Reilly. Tunnicliffe defeated Barkow in the “first-to-six-wins” final match-up, which was held in Weymouth and Portland, site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta. With the win, Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi were selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing team, pending confirmation from the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Olympic Sailing Regatta will be held July 27 – August 12, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, located on the southern coast of England, approximately 120 miles southwest of London.
WARRIOR GAMES PRESENTED BY DELOITTE
Navy Lieutenant Brad Snyder stood out in the track and field competition Friday and again in swimming Saturday, the final day of the Warrior Games presented by Deloitte at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Snyder, who lost his vision in combat, finished the men’s 50-meter backstroke open in 34.19 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the world for swimmers with physical disabilities.
“I’m not really at a place in training where I’d be setting top times, so to be able to do that in this stage of the Games is really reassuring,” said Snyder, who will compete at the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials in June.
Snyder won gold in four events, adding titles in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle combined relay to help the Navy/Coast Guard to the most medals in swimming with 10 golds, three silvers and two bronze.
After dominating the visually impaired category of track and field Friday, Snyder said he did so while trying to save energy for swimming.
“I’m a swimmer by trade, so today was all about running efficiently,” Snyder said.
Snyder, with his brother Russell as guide, took gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dash and the 1,500-meter run.
The Marines led the track and field medal count with 12 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals. Sgt. Nicole Adams won the women’s 1,500 open by about 14 seconds and took silvers in the 100 and 200.
Army won the gold medal in wheelchair basketball with a 54-34 victory against the Marines. Army also beat the Marines in the gold-medal sitting volleyball match, 25-13, 17-25, 15-13.
The third annual Warrior Games was a competition for more than 200 wounded and injured U.S. military members, along with United Kingdom Armed Forces teams. For complete results, click on http://www2.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Military/Warrior-Games-presented-by-Deloitte/Competition-Results.aspx.
Team captain Jack Johnson scored his second goal of the game at 1:47 of overtime to lift the United States to a 5-4 overtime victory over Canada Saturday in the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Helsinki.
“Whenever you play Canada, it’s a big stage, it’s a big deal,” Johnson said. “I’m sure we’ll see these guys again in this tournament.”
Nate Thompson had given the United States a 4-3 lead with less than four minutes left in the game, but Canada forced overtime when Duncan Keith scored with 1:39 left in regulation.
Special teams helped the United States through the first two games. The power play is 4-for-10, including three goals by Johnson. The penalty killing unit is 6-for-6 and produced a short-handed goal Saturday by Patrick Dwyer.
The United States opened with a 7-2 win over France Friday. Kyle Okposo had two goals while Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists in the game.
The United States plays Slovakia Monday, Belarus Thursday, Kazakhstan Friday, Finland May 13 and Switzerland May 15.
Light welterweight Jamel Herring, light heavyweight Marcus Browne and heavyweight Michael Hunter advanced in the Americas Olympics Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro while light flyweight Santos Vasquez was eliminated.
Herring posted wins Saturday and Sunday, the first two days of the event, to reach the quarterfinals. He topped Lester Martinez of Guatemala, 15-9, Sunday to advance to Tuesday’s bout against Yoelvis Hernandez where the winner will earn a berth in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Depending on weight class, boxers have to finish in the top five or top three to make it to London.
Browne stopped Trinidad and Tobago’s Declan Calliste in 1:17 Sunday.
Hunter beat Ryan Charles of St. Lucia 14-5 Saturday.
Jantomy Ortiz of Puerto Rico defeated Vasquez 15-8 Sunday.
Lightweight Jose Ramirez, middleweight Terrell Gausha and super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale begin action Monday.
The United States swept men’s, women’s and mixed team compound gold medals at the World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey.
Reo Wilde followed up an individual win Saturday by being part of the men’s and mixed team titles Sunday.
Wilde, Dave Cousins and Braden Gellenthien defeated Denmark 29-27 in a men’s shootout after finishing in a 231-231 tie.
Erika Anschutz joined Wilde for the 143-142 victory over Italy in the mixed final.
Anschutz, Christie Colin and Jamie Van Natta won the women’s final over Italy by a score of 224-223.
John Orozco posted the top all-around score and 14 men qualified for the Visa Championships in St. Louis with their performances Saturday in the U.S. Men’s Qualifier in Colorado Springs.
The men’s qualifier was the last opportunity for the country’s male gymnasts to reach the Visa Championships, the USA Gymnastics national championships, which will be held June 7-10 in St. Louis. The Visa Championships also determine who goes to the U.S. Olympic Trials June 28-July 1 in San Jose, Calif.
Jake Martin, Alexander Buscaglia, Joshua Dixon, Mackenzie Dow, Ryan Lieberman, Edward Mesa, Andrew Elkind, Trevor Howard, Miguel Pineda, Zachary Chase, Craig Hernandez, Wyatt Baier, Jesse Glenn and Matthew Felleman also qualified.
Elsewhere, Veronica Hults won the junior division of the American Classic, a national qualifier that was held Friday in Huntsville, Texas. Hultz had the top all-around score and the top score on the uneven bars.
Alexis Beucler, Simone Biles, Peyton Ernst, Amanda Huang, Hults, Ashton Kim, Nicole Lehrmann, Shannon McNatt, Maggie Nichols, Meredith Sylvia and Jessica Wang qualified for the Visa Championships with their scores at the American Classic.
• Fencer Mariel Zagunis earned an individual bronze medal Saturday and was part of a team silver medal Sunday in the Women’s Saber World Cup fencing event in Bologna, Italy. The team of Zagunis, Dagmara Wozniak, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Celina Merza reached the final before losing to Italy 45-38. Muhammad was sixth in the individual competition.
• Army Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond had the only perfect third round among 56 competitors on the way to the gold medal in double trap Sunday at the ISSF World Cup shooting event in Lonato, Italy. Kim Rhode was fourth and Caitlin Connor sixth in the women’s skeet final Sunday. The event concludes Monday with the men’s skeet final.
• The United States came up short in its last chance to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the 96 kg/211.5-pound weight class of Greco-Roman wrestling. Justin Ruiz lost in the first round of the World Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament Sunday in Helsinki, Finland. Still, the United States qualified in the most weight classes, 17 out of 18, including all seven in men’s freestyle and all four in women’s freestyle. Russia qualified 16 wrestlers, Kazakhstan 15 and Egypt 14.
• Lauren Wenger scored two goals and Betsey Armstrong made 14 saves Sunday but the USA Water Polo Women’s National Team fell to Australia 6-5 in the championship match at the VISA Water Polo International in London. The United States went 3-1 at the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Water Polo Arena. Included were back-to-back, one-goal wins, 10-9 over Australia Friday and 7-6 over Great Britain Saturday.
• Josh Yeaton and Heather Fischer gave the University of Colorado-Boulder a sweep of the Division 1 road racing titles at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships Sunday in Ogden, Utah. Yeaton also won the men’s criterium Saturday.
• Tori Lamp and Brandon Watson had seventh-place finishes at the FINA Grand Prix Canada Cup diving event in Montreal. Lamp, returning from injury to compete internationally for the first time since 2009, was seventh in the women’s 10-meter platform. Watson placed in the men’s 3-meter springboard.
The teams of David Bonuchi-Michael Hixon and Deidre Freeman-Veronica Rydze were fifth in men’s and women’s 3-meter synchronized while Katie Bell-Cheyenne Cousineau were sixth in women’s synchronized 10-meter.
• Rich Fellers and Flexible won a jump-off with 2000 Olympian Lauren Hough and Blue Angel Saturday for his second Grand Prix victory at the Del Mar National Horse Show in California. The Del Mar National Horse Show was the first of four U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Events to determine Olympic qualifiers.
• Summer Green scored a goal and assisted on two others Saturday when the United States soccer team defeated Trinidad & Tobago, 5-0, to clinch a semifinal spot at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. The four-goal second half allowed the United States to improve to 2-0 in Group B, along with Mexico. The two teams, who will both advance, are scheduled to meet Monday in the final game of pool play in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for teamusa.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.