Just six days after her Boston Marathon victory, Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, M.D.) celebrated her 24th birthday by capturing the women's wheelchair race in the London Marathon, held April 21. Smashing the course record with a time of 1:46:02, McFadden dedicated her win to the city of Boston in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Fellow American Amanda McGrory (Kennet Square, Penn.) placed second.
TEAM USA SOARS IN FED CUP
Venus Williams (Saginaw, Mich.) and Serena Williams (Saginaw, Mich.) led Team USA to victory over Sweden, 3-2, at the 2013 Fed Cup World Group Playoff, held April 21 in Delray Beach, Fla. After eight match points, Venus Williams put away Sweden's Johanna Larsson, 6-3, 7-5, marking her first Fed Cup tie in 10 attempts. The win guarantees the U.S. a spot in the coveted 2014 Fed Cup World Group.
Jabari Parker (Chicago, Ill.) led the U.S. Men's Junior National Select Team with 22 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, held April 20 in Portland, Ore. The U.S. lost 112-98 to the World Team.
The University of Nebraska captured first place at the NCAA Bowling Championship, held April 11-13 in Canton, Mich. In a tightly contested series, the Huskers defeated Vanderbilt University with consecutive victories in the sixth (196-189) and seventh (246-200) games.
The U.S. Women's Senior Curling Team was eliminated from playoff contention at the 2013 World Senior Curling Championships, held April 13-20 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Margie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Norma O'Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) and Lucy DeVore (Superior, Wis.) lost to Canada, 6-4, to finish with a 3-3 record in Group A.
On the men's side, Gert Messing (Hartsdale, N.Y.) and teammates Dennis Mellerup (Hoboken, N.J.), Bill Nickle (Long Valley, N.J.), Bill Peskoff (Glen Gardner, N.J.) and alternate Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) also missed the playoff cut with a 7-5 loss to Canada. The U.S. men concluded the tournament with a 4-5 record that included victories over Russia and Germany.
In mixed doubles, husband-wife duo Peter Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.) and Maureen Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.) ended their rookie appearance on a high note as they defeated Japan, 10-1. Their run at the playoffs was cut short with a 6-5 loss to New Zealand.
Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.) earned a podium spot in the first round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, held April 20 in Manchester, England. Crain rode her way to second place, while fellow Americans Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn.) and Arielle Matin (East Spanaway, Wash.) claimed fourth and sixth place.
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.) finished in fifth place behind winner Liam Phillips of Great Britain. After winning the semifinal, Fields became the lone American riding in the main event.
Sibling duo Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) claimed fourth place in the men's 3-meter synchronized springboard event at the 2013 FINA Diving World Series, held April 19-21 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Troy Dumais capped the weekend with another fourth place finish in the men's 3-meter springboard semifinal.
The U.S. Women's Saber Team took home gold at the 2013 Junior World Championships, held April 6-15 in Porec, Croatia. With a final score of 45-38, Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) sealed the victory for Team USA in the final bout against France.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Men's Foil Team captured silver with a 45-34 loss to Italy in the gold-medal final. The bout marked the fifth time in six years the two countries dueled for the top podium spot, with Team USA having won four of the five previous meetings.
The U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team defeated Korea, 1-0, to earn the bronze medal in the Four Nations Cup, held April 10-21 in Whangarei, New Zealand. Boosted by Lauren Pfeiffer's (Mount Laurel, N.J.) second-half goal, Team USA relied on stingy defense to claim a spot on the podium.
The University of Florida claimed its first team title at the 2013 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, held April 19-21 in Los Angeles. Buoyed by all-around champion Bridget Sloan (Pittsboro, Ind.), the Gators staved off the University of Oklahoma and defending champion University of Alabama with a total score of 197.575.
In the all-around competition, Sloan (Pittsboro, Ind.) earned a stellar 39.600 to win the title. Louisiana State University's Rheagan Courville (Baton Rouge, La.) finished second with 39.575, while Florida's Marissa King (Cambridge, England), University of Michigan's Katie Zurales (Wheaton, Ill.), Joanna Simpson (Willow Grove, Pa.) and Nebraska's Emily Wong (Grand Forks, Neb.) all tied for third place.
The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team earned its fifth national title at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, held April 19-21 in State College, Pa. Led by 2012 Olympian and all-around winner Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif.) the Wolverines scored a 443.200, followed by the University of Oklahoma with 440.100 and third-place finisher Stanford University with 436.150.
Mikulak earned his second all-around title with an overall score of 91.150. He continued his medal haul, winning individual titles in the parallel bars (15.500) and high bar (16.100) events.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team won silver after losing to Canada, 1-0, in the gold-medal game of the 2013 IPC World Championship, held April 12-20 in Goyang, South Korea. U.S. goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) tallied 14 saves and allowed one goal in the second period. Team USA finished its 2012-2013 campaign with a record of 14-3-0.
The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Ice Hockey Team derailed Latvia, 7-1, in preliminary round play at the IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship, held April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia. Outshooting Latvia, 47-21, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) notched two goals and an assist for Team USA, while Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) made several key saves in allowing one goal in 22 attempts. The win improves Team USA's record to 4-0-3 as it concludes preliminary play today against Finland.
The U.S. Women's National Judo Team grabbed gold in the team competition at the super-elite 2013 Pan American Championships, held April 20-22 in San Juan, Costa Rica. Led by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif.; 57 kg.), the U.S. women defeated Mexico, 5-0, in the final round to win the championship in convincing fashion.
In the individual competition, Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif.) captured silver in the 57 kg. division. Also contributing for the U.S. women were Hannah Martin (Burnt Hills, N.Y.; 63 kg.) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison (Middletown, Ohio; 68 kg.), each taking home bronze in their divisions.
With losses to Canada and Cuba, the U.S. Men's National Judo Team fell just short of the podium with a fourth-place finish. The U.S. men wrapped up the championships with a 2-2 record that included wins against Costa Rica and Mexico.
In the individual competition, Nick Delpopo (Westfield, N.J.) won gold in the 73 kg. division, while Adonis Diaz (Hialeah, Fla.) secured silver at 55 kg. Among the U.S. men claiming bronze were 2012 Olympian Travis Stevens (Wakefield, Mass.; 81 kg.), Brad Bolen (River Forest, Ill.; 66 kg.) and Nick Kossor (Coastville, Pa.; 60 kg.).
In the mixed team relay, Nicola Genaud and Dennis Bowsher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 12th at the Union Internationale de Pentathlon World Cup, held April 17 in Chendgu, China. Bowsher also finished in 30th place in the individual men's final.
Sweeping the smallbore events (.22 caliber) in the men's Prone rifle and Three- Position rifle, Ryan Anderson (Fairbanks, Ala.) capped a stellar week at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, held April 9-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Trailing Anderson by 11 points in the Three-Position event, Dan Geer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed second, while Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Colo.) rounded out the top three with a bronze medal. Anderson edged out David Higgins (San Clemente, Calif.) for gold in the Prone Rifle event with a tie-breaker shot of 10.1 to beat Higgins' score of 10.0., while Patrick Sunderman (Farmington, Minn.) finished 8.4 points behind Anderson and Higgins to earn bronze. The University of Kentucky's Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) emerged as the winner of the Air rifle final with a 1.5 point victory over Anderson, and 2012 champion Tyler Rico (Tuscon, Ariz.) secured bronze.
SKI & SNOWBOARDING
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) claimed the women's slopestyle event with a 90.0 to beat Norway's Tiril Sjastad Christiansen at the AFP World Championship, held April 14-16 in Whistler, British Columbia. Jamie Crane-Mauzy (Park City, Utah) finished third with a score of 81.67, positioning her in third atop the AFP Overall World Rankings.
Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) was crowned champion of the men's slopestyle event with a near-flawless first run and finished second in the big air event. With his slopestyle win, Kenworthy clinched the AFP Overall World title for the third consecutive year. Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) placed second with a score of 93.0.
The U.S. swept the top three spots at the 2013 ITTF North America Cup, held April 19-21 in Westchester, N.Y. Lily Zhang (Palo Alto, Calif.) captured the women's singles title with her win over two-time champion and top-seed Ariel Hsing (San Jose, Calif.), 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9. Meanwhile, Prachi Jha (Milpitas, Calif.) claimed third place in the event.
On the men's side, Timothy Wang (Houston, Texas) bounced back from a first- round loss to shock defending champion and top-seed Pierre-Luc Theriault of Canada, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5. Wang capped the weekend with a second-place finish and was joined in the top-three by fellow American Allen Wang (Turnersville, N.J.).
The U.S. Military Academy shined last weekend, besting the University of North Carolina in the final of the 2013 College National Championships, held April 19-21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. . West Point Black clinched victory with performances from Most Valuable Player Ashton Wolf (Tempe, Ariz.) and Most Valuable Goalie Laura Presman.
West Point black team overcame counterpart West Point gold, 32-17, in the final to sweep the men's and women's gold at the championships. Bryan Teaton (Nanuet, N.Y.) was named MVP and Kristian Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) took home most valuable goalie.
Olympian Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) ran to victory at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon San Diego, held April 19-21. With a final time of 1:59:59, Jorgensen grabbed the lead in the final mile to become the first American woman to win at the World Triathlon Series. Fellow 2012 Olympians Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) and Julie Ertel (Irvine, Calif.) rounded out the top female American finishers in seventh and 23rd place.
On the men's side, Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned his second career USA Triathlon Elite National Championship title by logging a time of 1:49:23 and finishing 14th overall. Joey Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) claimed second in 1:49:36 and four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) secured third in 1:49:56 to complete an American sweep of the podium.
The U.S. dominated the women's TRI-5 race as Megan Fisher (Seattle, Wash ) (1:23:01) captured gold, Allysa Seely (Tempe, Ariz.) (1:27:07) claimed silver and Umida Lesicko (San Marcos, Calif.) (1:44:24) earned bronze. In the women's TRI-2 race, Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) finished first in 1:35:37 with teammates Jennifer Clark (Crowley, Texas) (1:43:36) and Sarah Reinersten (Mission Viejo, Calif.) (1:49:21) finishing in second and third place.
Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.) claimed the fastest time in the men's TRI-6b with a time of 1:04:01 to defeat Ireland's Nicolas Dewalque (1:34:18). The men's Tri-5 saw Team USA's Michael Johnston (San Diego, Calif.) take silver in 1:12:02, while teammate Tommy Koehler (Hampton Bays, N.Y.) grabbed bronze in 1:12:55. Mark Barr (Galveston, Texas) earned gold in the men's TRI-2 in 1:20:11 and Matt Perkins (Boise, Idaho) secured bronze in 1:34:06.
The U.S. Men's Sitting Volleyball Team took gold at the Central American Games with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-12 victory over Columbia in the final. With the win, the U.S. finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament. Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) contributed 10 points on six kills, three blocks and one ace.
Jenny Kropp (Grand Island, Neb.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) of the U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball Team claimed their second silver medal on the NORCECA Beach Circuit, held April 19-21 in Guatemala City. The pair lost to defending champions Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker of Canada, 21-17, 21-16.
On the men's side, the U.S. team of John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Stafford Slick (Andover, Minn.) placed fourth with a loss to Puerto Rico, 24-22, 16021, 16-14, in the bronze-medal match.
Pepperdine University duo Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) captured the pairs title at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge, held April 19-21 in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The win capped an undefeated season at 26-0 upon defeating top-seeded Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) of the University of Southern California, 21-19, 21-18.
Jessica Medina (Colorado Springs, Colo.; 51 kg.) earned her third U.S. women's freestyle title with a win over Haley Augello (Lockport, Ill.), 2-0, 0-1, 2-0, at the 2013 U.S. Open, held April 17-20 in Las Vegas. Two-time junior world bronze medalist Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ind.) swept 2011 U.S. Open champion Deanna Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-0, 5-0 in the 59 kg., final to capture her first U.S. Open crown. Veronica Carlson (Colorado Springs, Colo.; 67 kg.) also claimed her first U.S. Open title by defeating Tamyra Mensah (Katy, Texas), 5-0, 6-0 in the final.
World silver medalist Helen Maroulis (Rockville, M.D.) defeated Katherine Fulp- Allen (El Granada, Calif.), 3-0, 5-0 in the women's freestyle event at 55 kg. to earn her fourth U.S. Open title. Brittany Roberts (Santa Fe, Texas; 72 kg.) won the title with a 5-1, 1-0 win against Jackie Cataline (Corona, Calif.).
In the Greco-Roman final, 2012 Olympian Ben Provisor (Stevens Point, Wis.) dominated world team member Jake Fisher (Platte City, Mo.), 1-0, 2-0, in the 74 kg. division. Jordan Holm (Orem, Utah) captured his second U.S. Open title by defeating Zac Nielsen (Zimmerman, Minn.), 3-0, 1-0, in the 84 kg., final.
London 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion Jordan Burroughs (Sicklerville, N.J.) defeated David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), 3-1, 1-0, to improve to 52-0 and claim his second U.S. Open freestyle title at 74 kg. Obe Blanc (Stillwater, Okla.; 55 kg.), Reece Humphrey (Indianapolis, Ind.; 60 kg.) and J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio; 96 kg.) all earned U.S. Open freestyle titles in their divisions.