Archive for July, 2012

July 31, 2012

Olympic Rowing: Wednesday, August 1

Rowing – Men’s Eight

Results:

  • 1. Germany – 5:48.75
  • 2. Canada – 5:49.98
  • 3. Great Britain – 5:51.18
  • 4. United States – 5:51.48
  • 5. Netherlands – 5:51.72
  • 6. Australia – 5:51.87

United States

  • Bow – David Banks (Churchill)
  • Seat 2 – Grant James
  • Seat 3 – Ross James
  • Seat 4 – William Miller
  • Seat 5 – Giuseppe Lanzone
  • Seat 6 – Stephen Kasprzyk
  • Seat 7 – Jacob Cornelius
  • Stroke – Brett Newlin
  • Coxwain – Zachary Vlahos

Final – 5:30 a.m. Eastern

  • Lane 1 – Netherlands – 5:51.72
  • Lane 2 – Great Britain – 5:51.18
  • Lane 3 – United States – 5:51.48
  • Lane 4 – Germany – 5:48.75
  • Lane 5 – Canada – 5:49.98
  • Lane 6 – Australia – 5:51.87
July 29, 2012

Olympic Kayak Slalom: Monday, July 30

Women’s Kayak Slalom

Caroline Queen

Caroline Queen

Bullis alum Caroline Queen failed to advance to the semifinal round of the Olympic women’s kayak slalom at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertforshire, England on Monday. Queen finished 17th out of 21 entrants in the preliminary heats, two positions short of qualifying for  the 15-competitor semifinal field. The 20-year-old Darnestown native is a rising junior at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Results:

  • 17. Caroline Queen (Bullis) – 117.05, 136.23

Heats:

1st run

  • Jihane Samlal, Morocco – 174.09
  • Moe Kaifuchi, Japan – 171.63
  • Ella Nicholas, Cook Islands – 118.69
  • Ana Satila, Brazil – 179.92
  • Elise Chabbey, Switzerland – 162.92
  • Luuka Jones, New Zealand – 109.23
  • Hannah Craig, Ireland – 117.07
  • Caroline Queen (Bullis), United States – 117.05
  • Natalia Pacierpnik, Poland – 110.58
  • Maria Clara Giai Pron, Italy 99.66
  • Marta Kharitonova, Russian Federation – 108.85
  • Jingjing Li, China – 108.53
  • Eva Tercelj, Slovenia – 107.17
  • Jasmin Schornberg, Germany – 106.27
  • Emilie Fer, France – 112.77
  • Lizzie Neave, Great Britain – 101.95
  • Jessica Fox, Australia – 165.36
  • Stepanka Hilgertova, Czech Republic – 101.50
  • Corinna Kuhnle, Austria – 160.06
  • Maialen Chourraut, Spain – 98.75
  • Jana Dukatova, Slovakia – 105.14

2nd run, starting at 11:27 a.m. Eastern

  • Jihane Samlal, Morocco – 276.32
  • Moe Kaifuchi, Japan – 121.29
  • Ella Nicholas, Cook Islands – 118.29
  • Ana Satila, Brazil – 110.83
  • Elise Chabbey, Switzerland – 126.46
  • Luuka Jones, New Zealand – 258.69
  • Hannah Craig, Ireland – 108.99
  • Caroline Queen (Bullis), United States – 136.23
  • Natalia Pacierpnik, Poland – 102.38
  • Maria Clara Giai Pron, Italy – 112.65
  • Marta Kharitonova, Russian Federation – 1:09.77
  • Jingjing Li, China – 111.22
  • Eva Tercelj, Slovenia – 107.57
  • Jasmin Schornberg, Germany – 102.14
  • Emilie Fer, France – 106.46
  • Lizzie Neave, Great Britain – 98.92
  • Jessica Fox, Australia – 100.33
  • Stepanka Hilgertova, Czech Republic 100.75
  • Corinna Kuhnle, Austria – 101.77
  • Maialen Chourraut, Spain – 107.91
  • Jana Dukatova, Slovakia – 101.37
July 27, 2012

Olympic Rowing: Saturday, July 28

Rowing – Men’s Eight

David Banks

David Banks

The United States, with Winston Churchill High School alum David Banks rowing in the bow position, held off a late push from Australia to win the first heat of the Men’s 8 competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Windsor, England on Saturday.

The United States’ time of 5:30.72 was good for fourth best of the eight boats entered in the event.

By winning their heats, the United States and Germany each secured a spot in the medal race, scheduled for Wednesday. The remaining six boats will participate in repechages on Monday to determine four additional finalists.

United States

  • Bow – David Banks (Churchill)
  • 2 – Grant James
  • 3 – Ross James
  • 4 – Will Miller
  • 5 – Giuseppe Lanzone
  • 6 – Stephen Kasprzyk
  • 7 – Jacob Cornelius
  • Stroke – Brett Newlin
  • Coxswain – Zachary Vlahos

Preliminaries:

Heat 1 (of 2), 5:10 a.m. Eastern

  • Lane 1 – Australia – 5:32.43
  • Lane 2 – United States – 5:30.72 
  • Lane 3 – Ukraine – 5:38.02
  • Lane 4 – Poland – 5:35.64

Heat 2 (of 2), 5:20 a.m. Eastern

  • Lane 1 – Great Britain – 5:27.61
  • Lane 2 – Canada – 5:37.91
  • Lane 3 – Germany – 5:25.52
  • Lane 4 – Netherlands – 5:28.99
July 26, 2012

Athletes From MoCo High Schools Set To Compete In London Olympics

Although some early soccer matches were held on Wednesday, Friday’s opening ceremonies mark the official start of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Scattered among the 529 members of the United States Olympic team are five who attended high school in Montgomery County. Check back here and follow us on Twitter over the next two weeks to see how they fare.

  • David Banks, who graduated from Churchill in 2001, will be rowing in the bow position for the U.S. as part of the Men’s Eight team. Heats are scheduled for Saturday, with repechages Monday and the finals on Wednesday. This is Banks’ second Olympic appearance, as he rowed on the USA Men’s Four boat that finished ninth in the 2008 games.
  • Kevin Durant, who played high school basketball at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, will join Kobe Bryant and LeBron James on team USA in London. The defending gold medal team will open Olympic tournament action against France on Sunday.
  • Caroline Queen, a graduate of the Bullis School in Potomac, is set to compete in the women’s whitewater kayak slalom on Monday. Queen was tied with Northwest High School alum Ashley Nee in Olympic selection points entering the World Cup in Cardiff, Wales, in June. Queen finished 35th, 1.06 seconds faster than Nee, to earn her trip to London.
  • 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, a rising sophomore at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, will represent the United States in the women’s 800-meter freestyle after having won the event at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha earlier this summer. She is scheduled to make her Olympic debut in the preliminary heats on Thursday, with the finals set for the next day.
  • Walt Whitman High School alum Julie Zetlin is the lone U.S. woman scheduled to compete in rhythmic gymnastics. Qualifying rounds begin on August 9.
July 17, 2012

News and Notes: July 17

  • Paint Branch High School rising senior Thomas Lucas has verbally committed to play football at the University of Connecticut. Lucas played defensive back and wide receiver for the Panthers last year after JV stints at Blake and Springbrook. [Washington Post]
  • Winston Churchill High School rising sophomore Louis Dubick has verbally committed to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland. Dubick led the Bulldogs to their first state semifinal appearance since 2002 this past spring. [Inside Lacrosse]
  • Quince Orchard High School rising senior Marcus Newby has verbally committed to play football at the University of Nebraska. Newby will join two fellow QO allums at Nebraska, defensive coordinator John Papuchis and defensive end Jason Ankrah. [Husker Extra/Gazette]
  • Nicolas Fahs (Seneca Valley), Gus Gill (Walter Johnson), David Hesslink (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Robbie Metz (Poolesville) were selected for the 2012 Maryland Futures Team by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches. The team will compete in a local tournament next month, play some Maryland colleges in August and September and then travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., in September to compete in the 2012 Perfect Game/EvoShield National Championship. [Gazette/Marylandbaseball.org]
July 5, 2012

Olympic Swim Trials Recap

  • 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, a rising sophomore at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, won the women’s 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8:19.78 and will represent the United States at the Olympic Games in London later this summer. Ledecky also finished third in the women’s 400-meter freestyle and ninth in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. Preliminary heats in the women’s  Olympic 800-meter freestyle are scheduled to be held August 2nd, with the final set for the following day. [Washington Post/Fox Sports]
  • Jack Conger, a rising senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel, reached the finals of two events at the trials, finishing fifth in the men’s 200-meter backstroke and eighth in the men’s 100-meter backstroke. [Reach For The Wall]
  • 2008 All-Met Swimmer of the Year Eric Friedland, a Walter Johnson alum, missed making the finals of the men’s 200-meter breaststroke by .15 seconds and finished in ninth place. Friedland also finished 16th in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.  [TexasSports.com]
  • Stanford-bound Good Counsel graduate Sarah Haase made the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, finishing 13th with a time of 1:08.91. She also placed 31st in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke and 83rd in the women’s 200-meter individual medley.  [Washington Post]
July 1, 2012

Olympic Swim Trials: Sunday, July 1

Women’s 800-Meter Freestyle

Results:

  • 1. Katie Ledecky (Stone Ridge) – 8:27.91; 8:19.78

Finals:

  • Lane 1 – Stephanie Peacock – 8:30.97
  • Lane 2 – Becca Mann – 8:28.54
  • Lane 3 – Gillian Ryan – 8:33.17
  • Lane 4 – Kate Ziegler – 8:21.87
  • Lane 5 – Katie Ledecky – 8:19.78
  • Lane 6 – Chloe Sutton – 8:28.12
  • Lane 7 – Haley Anderson – 8:26.60
  • Lane 8 – Danielle Valley – 8:38.90

Women’s 50-Meter Freestyle

Results:

  • 53. Megan Waters (Princeton/Good Counsel) – 26.14
  • 101. Caroline McTaggart (Holton-Arms) – 26.56

Preliminaries:

Heat 5 (of 16)

  • Lane 0 – Lauren Rhodes
  • Lane 1 – Harper Bruens
  • Lane 2 – Caroline McTaggart
  • Lane 3 – Claire Brandt
  • Lane 4 – Macle McNichols
  • Lane 5 – Lauren Gustafson
  • Lane 6 – Catherine Meili
  • Lane 7 – Ariel Martin
  • Lane 8 – Paige Whitmire
  • Lane 9 – Erika Braun

Heat 12 (of 16)

  • Lane 0 – Grace Finnegan
  • Lane 1 – Lauren Weaver
  • Lane 2 – Tiffany Oliver
  • Lane 3 – Brittney Kuras
  • Lane 4 – Andrea Georoff
  • Lane 5 – Megan Waters
  • Lane 6 – Andrea Murez
  • Lane 7 – Cierra Runge
  • Lane 8 – Haley Simms
  • Lane 9 – Rachael Acker

Men’s 1500-Meter Freestyle

Results:

  • 31. James Powell (University of Georgia/Walter Johnson) – 15:41.35

Preliminaries:

Heat 7 (of 10)

  • Lane 0 – Eegan Groome – 16:22.04
  • Lane 1 – J. K. Koehler – 16:07.72
  • Lane 2 – James Clausen – 15:51.54
  • Lane 3 – Michael Gaudiani – 16:04.72
  • Lane 4 – Logan Redondo – 15:42.77
  • Lane 5 – Derek Pridemore – 15:39.52
  • Lane 6 – Nicholas Ankosko – 16:02.82
  • Lane 7 – Jameson Lyon – 15:49.25
  • Lane 8 – James Powell – 15:41.35
  • Lane 9 – Jacob Ores – 15:55.22