U.S. Olympic Committee honors gymnast Mattie Larson, swimmer Ryan Lochte and the USA Baseball World Cup team for November accomplishments
Dec. 14, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Olympic Committee announced USA Gymnastics’ Mattie Larson and USA Swimming’s Ryan Lochte as its November Athletes of the Month. The USOC Team of the Month was awarded to the USA Baseball World Cup Team.
Larson (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned four medals at the Junior Pan American Championships, Nov. 24-25, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, three of them being gold. Among the three first-place finishes was a title in the team event where Larson helped out-distance runner-up Canada by nearly 10 points. In addition, Larson earned two individual event medals, including gold on the floor exercise and silver on the uneven bars. She also led a sweep of the all-around medals.
Lochte’s (Daytona Beach, Fla.) month was highlighted by a record-breaking performance at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Lochte beat Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) in the 200y IM and broke the American record for the stroke in the process. His performance in the 200y IM earned him the ConocoPhillips Performance Award.
Lochte’s accomplishments at the Short Course National Championships also included gold in the 50y free, 400y IM and the 200y backstroke. His first-place finishes in the three events along with his record-breaking 200y IM performance earned him the Kiphuth Award, which is awarded to the meet’s highest scorer.
Awards were also presented to Lochte earlier in the month at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggle Awards. Lochte won two of the most prestigious awards by taking home the honor for Relay Performance of the Year and winning the Perseverance Award.
The USA Baseball World Cup Team spent part of the month in Taipei City, Taipei, compiling a 9-1 record and earning a gold medal at the 37th International Baseball Federation Baseball World Cup. Included in their championship run was a 6-3 win over international baseball power and rival, Cuba, in the title game.
The team outscored their opponents 63-17 throughout the duration of the tournament and ended Cuba’s streak of nine consecutive BWC championships.
Second-place for the female vote went to cycling’s Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Compton earned two World Cup medals during the month of November and also briefly held the No. 1 ranking in the world. Her first medal of the month was a gold-medal finish in just her third-career UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Race on Nov. 9. Compton then earned a silver medal later in the month at the fourth UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium, Nov. 24.
Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) finished in second for the male vote after joining Rau’shee Warren in becoming the first boxer since 1999 to win a world championship at the 2007 AIBA World Championships, Oct. 23-Nov. 3, in Chicago, Ill. Andrade outscored his opponents by a 110-28 margin throughout his six bouts.
Finishing in second for the team vote was the U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team. The Davis Cup Team won the first title for the U.S. since 1995 by taking it away from defending champion Russia, 4-1, in the 2007 Davis Cup final in Portland, Ore. The victory ended the longest drought for the U.S. since the competition began in 1900.
Third-place for the female vote went to volleyball’s Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah). Tom averaged 4.10 points per set at the FIVB World Cup in helping the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games with a bronze-medal finish. The international competition was Tom’s first with Team USA in almost three years. She was named one of the three World Cup most valuable player nominees as a result of averaging 3.35 kills, 0.65 blocks and 0.10 aces per set at the World Cup.
U.S. Track and Field marathon runner Ryan Hall (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished third in the men’s vote. Hall won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon, Nov. 3, in New York City. Hall broke Tony Sandoval’s 1980 Olympic Trials record of 2:10:19 by finishing the race at 2:09:02.
The Junior Pan American Championship Diving Team finished in third-place in the team vote as a result of winning 30 medals at the Junior Pan American Diving Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 1-4 and also earning the overall team title. The 20 medals won by Team USA were 10 more than any other country competing in the championships. The U.S. divers won 13 of the 26 events, while also claiming eight silver and nine bronze medals.
1. Ryan Lochte, Swimming
2. Demetrius Andrade, Boxing
3. Ryan Hall, Track & Field
1. Mattie Larson, Gymnastics
2. Katie Compton, Cycling
3. Logan Tom, Volleyball
1. USA Baseball World Cup Team
2. U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team
3. Junior Pan American Championships Diving Team