The latest news from the USOC - September 25

Figure skaters Leah Keiser (Wexford, Pa.) and Jason Brown (Highland Park, Ill.) made it a gold-medal sweep for the U.S. in the singles events at the junior grand prix event on Sept. 22 in Istanbul. Keiser totaled 156.33 points in her JGP debut, while Brown earned his second medal of the series with a 24-point margin of victory.


Ariel Hsing (San Jose, Calif.) defeated Li Chunli of New Zealand, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, en route to the Intercontinental Cup title on Sept. 21 in Huangshi, China. At just 16, Hsing became the first U.S. player to win the title.


All four U.S. players earned first-round byes as qualifying concluded on Sept. 23 at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championship in Limassol, Cyprus. Kelly Kulick (Linden, N.J.) earned the top women's seed after 12 games of qualifying with a total of 2,852, while Shannon O'Keefe (Arlington, Texas) finished fourth with 2,657. On the men's side, Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) finished second and Chris Barnes (Topeka, Kan.) placed fifth.


Alexandra McLain (Brunswick, Maine) finished 17th in the under-23 women's K1 at the 2012 Kayak Marathon World Championships that ran from Sept. 21-23 in Rome. Meanwhile, Stanton Collins (Gainesville, Ga.) placed 23rd in the men's K1 junior division.


Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario) and her team of Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Richfield, Minn.) and Ann Swisshelm (Chicago) earned a 5-4 victory over Ontario's Kristy Russell rink en route to the KW Fall Classic title on Sept. 23 in Kitchener, Ontario. In three events this season, Team Brown has accumulated an 18-2 record and two event titles.


Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif.) earned a fourth-place finish in the elite women's road race at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships on Sept. 22 in Valkenburg, Netherlands. Teammate Evelyn Stevens (Claremont, Calif.), who finished second in the elite women's time trial, finished 16th. On the men's side, Alexandre Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif.) placed 16th in the junior men's race, while Andrew Talansky (Napa, Calif.) was 43rd in the elite men's race.

The 2012 Collegiate Track Nationals wrapped up on Sept. 22 in Frisco, Texas, where Marian University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology took convincing wins in the Division I and II team omniums.

In the elite men's race at the BMX Supercross World Cup held on Sept. 17 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Barry Nobles (Menifee, Calif.) and Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.) finished fifth and sixth. Meanwhile, Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill.) finished seventh in the elite women's race.


Samantha Harrison (La Canada, Calif.) was crowned the winner of the 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West on Sept. 24 in Los Angeles. Harrison scored 350 points, nine clear of second place.


Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.) scored both goals to lead the U.S. Junior Women's National Team to a 2-1 victory over Chile at the Pan American Junior Championships on Sept. 22 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. finished 5-2 and automatically qualified for the seventh junior world cup. Meanwhile, the men's team went undefeated in pool play, but finished fourth after dropping consecutive games to Argentina, 8-1, and Chile, 3-2.


Natalie Bowman (Lodi, Calif.) totaled 3,656 points and finished 41st at the youth world championships on Sept. 23 in Tata, Hungary. Bowman had the fastest swim time in the women's field of 2:13.13. On the men's side, Aaron Lane (Farmington, Minn.) finished 74th with 3,740 points.


Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI) and his crew edged two-time champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.), 3-2, in the finals at the U.S. Match Racing Championships on Sept. 23 in Marblehead, Mass. Canfield earned a spot in the finals after defeating Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.) in the semifinals, 3-0.


Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) finished sixth overall with 84/100 targets in the women's world cup final on Sept. 22 in Slovenia. Meanwhile, teammate Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) took 10th with 64/75 targets.


The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team began the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with a scoreless draw against France on Sept. 22 in Lankaran, Azerbaijan. U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell (Kennesaw, Ga.) recorded 12 saves in the shutout.

The U.S. Women's National Team closed out the Pia Sundhage era with a 6-2 win against Australia in the third game of the Fan Tribute Tour on Sept. 19 in Commerce City, Colo.


Olivia Fiechter (Chestnut Hill, Pa.) claimed the final spot on the U.S. women's team that will compete at the 2012 Women's World Team Championships. Fiechter went 3-0 at the trials, including a decisive 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 victory over Maria Elena Ubina (Stamford, Conn.) in the finals on Sept. 22 in Stamford, Conn.


Venus Williams (Lynwood, Calif.) edged Coco Vandeweghe (New York, N.Y.), 5-2, in a last-game tiebreaker to help lead the Washington Kastles to their second straight undefeated championship World TeamTennis season on Sept. 16 in Charleston, S.C.


The U.S. combined to win 12 medals and three titles at the ITU Duathlon World Championships on Sept. 24 in Nancy, France. Laura Kline (Quarryville, Pa.), Kristin Villopoto (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Corinna Goodman (Oro Valley, Ariz.) all earned world titles in their respective age divisions.

Tri OKC, Rufus Racing, the Kansas River Valley Triathlon Club, the Wichita Triathlon Team and Team 3xFast earned national titles in the respective divisions at the USA Triathlon Club National Championships on Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


The beach volleyball teams of Jenny Kropp (Holly Glen, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.), and John Hyden (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Sean Scott (Kailua, Hawaii) won national titles at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series National Championships on Sept. 23 in Huntington Beach, Calif.


Regina Jaquess (Atlanta, Ga.) and Todd Ristorcelli (Orlando, Fla.) each won their respective titles at the 2012 Diablo Shores Pro-Am on Sept. 23 in Brentwood, Calif. Jaquess defeated Australia's Karina Nowlan to win the professional women's slalom title, while Risorcelli won the masters men's title after edging Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.).


The U.S. women scored 359 points and finished fifth overall, while the men tallied 262 points for a 12th-place finish at the 2012 Youth World Championships, which ran from Sept. 16-22 in Kosice, Slovakia. Shelby Koren totaled 143 kg. to finish first in the women's 53 kg. B session.


Caylor Williams (Greensboro, N.C.) placed fifth in the 96 kg./211.5 lbs. class at the Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix finals on Sept. 23 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

UPCOMING CALENDAR | 9/24-9/29 - Archery; Mar del Plata, Argentina, Juan Carlos Alvarez Tournament

9/26-9/30 - Judo; Cartago, Costa Rica; North & Central American Senior Judo Championships

9/29-9/30 - Judo; Rome, IJF World Cup Rome

9/29-9/30 - Fencing; Virginia, ROC the Kickoff Open D1A DV2

9/29-9/30 - Badminton; New York, 2012 Yonex CPBC Junior Championship

9/29 - Table Tennis; Little Rock, Ark, Arkansas Open

9/29 - Table Tennis; Norcross, Ga, Atlanta Giant Round Robin

9/29-9/30 - Table Tennis; Pleasantville, NY, Westchester 2012 September Open

9/29 - Roller Sports; Honolulu, Battle of the Islands

9/29-10/7 - Field Hockey; Dublin, Champions Challenge I

9/29-10/14 - Roller Sports; Auckland, Zew Zealand, 2012 Figure World Championships