U.S. Olympic Committee Honors Jessica Mendoza, Xavier Carter, and National Women's Softball Team for July Accomplishments
Aug. 17, 2006
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee today announced softball player Jessica Mendoza and track and field athlete Xavier Carter as its July Athletes of the Month. The USOC Team of the Month was awarded to the U.S. National Women's Softball Team.
Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) led the USA Women's Softball Team with an astounding 16 RBI with three homeruns at last month's II World Cup of Softball Championship. She finished second in the six-game event with a batting average of .611 with 11 hits accounting for 21 total bases. On the month, which included the World Cup, two four-game exhibitions against NPF Arizona Heat and Texas Thunder and an exhibition game against the World University team, Mendoza holds a .396 batting average with a team-high 27 RBI and five homeruns.
Carter (Baton Rogue, La.), who won four national titles last month at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, ran the second-fastest men's 200m time in history on July 11 at the 'Athletissima' Super Grand Prix meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Running out of lane eight, Carter poured it on down the stretch to pass fellow American Tyson Gay to win the men's 200 meters in the shocking time of 19.63 seconds (wind +0.4 mps), the second fastest time in history. Only Michael Johnson's world record time of 19.32 seconds from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta is faster. Carter's previous fastest time in the 200 meters was 20.02 seconds from last year.
The USA Women's Softball Team was a perfect 6-0 in its first International event of the season as they brought the II World Cup of Softball Championship trophy back to the United States with a 5-2 win over Japan. The team lost the Championship game during last year's Cup, but an explosive offensive and stellar defense proved that Team USA is the team to beat. The team outscored opponents 59-3 with a team batting average of .453. In the six-game event, they combined for 73 hits with 20 extra base hits while the pitching staff allowed only 17 hits in 34 innings with two earned runs. In 14 games played in the month of July, including the World Cup, two four-game exhibitions versus the NPF Arizona Heat and Texas Thunder, the team hit .364 with 100 RBI. The pitching staff held opposing teams to a .129 average, allowing only eight earned runs.
Second place for the women went to rowing athlete Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.). Mickelson had an outstanding month, winning gold medals in two major international events in two different boat classes. On July 2, Mickelson raced three-seat in the U.S. National Team women's eight that won the Remenham Challenge Cup at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England. The crew easily defeated the Dutch National Eight in the finals to win the regatta. The boat reached the finals by defeating the British national eight in the semifinals. On July 9, Mickelson stroked her women's pair to the gold medal at the FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland. In just their second international race together as a pair, Mickelson and partner Megan Cooke claimed a 1.62-second victory over Germany in the final tune-up before the 2006 FISA World Championships in August.
Volleyball's Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) took third place after she was named the Most Valuable Player at the NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship (U-18); an event the U.S. captured gold at without dropping a match. She scored a tournament-high 92 points in the six-day, six-match event held in Gainesville, Fla. Murrey also was selected as the best scorer and best spiker in the event. She scored a team-leading 17 points as the U.S. swept Dominican Republic in the title match on July 30. Murrey provided a match-high 20 points the night before against the Dominican Republic in the final round-robin match. Murrey had team-high points in five of the six matches. The U.S. is now qualified for the 2007 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship (U-18) in Mexico.
Eli Bremer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of Modern Pentathlon took second in the men's vote. Bremer won the gold medal at the 2006 Pan American Modern Pentathlon Championships held in Mexico City, Mexico, from June 29 - July 2. Bremer finished with 5,228 total points, well ahead of his closest competitor, Julio Granados of Mexico who finished in second place with 5,260 total points.
Diving's Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) took third place after he won two medals at the FINA Diving World Cup in Changshu, China, from July 19-23. Dumais started his competition off with a bronze in men's 3-meter. He scored 475.15 points, just 0.50 points away from the silver medalist. Later in the week, he teamed up with Mitch Richeson to win a silver medal in synchronized 3-meter. The duo posted a score of 428.43 in the finals, improving their preliminary score by 35.76 points.
Tennis' doubles tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan (Camarillo, Calif.) took home second place honors for the team award. The No. 1 doubles team in the world, twin brothers Bob and Mike went undefeated (10-0 in July - plus their first round match at Wimbledon on June 29) in the month of July winning their first Wimbledon men's doubles title and their third title at the Countrywide Classic, a U.S. Open Series event in Los Angeles. The Bryans defeated No. 3 seed Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in the semifinals 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-1 then No. 6 Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic in the final 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to become the first brothers to win Wimbledon in more than 100 years. The win completed the career Grand Slam (2003 Roland Garros, 2005 US Open, 2006 Australian Open) and makes them the reigning title holders of three of four majors. They have reached the men's doubles final at a record seven consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
The U.S. Under 23 National Team Eight took third place for the team vote. The team won a gold medal at the 2006 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships on July 23. In the heat on July 20, the crew dominated its competition, winning its race by more than six seconds. In the final, the U.S. boat took the lead from the start and built an open-water advantage on the field with 600 meters to go before cruising to a 2.3-second victory. The crew established an Under 23 world's best time of 6:06.68 in the final.
Results (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Jessica Mendoza 21 (5)
2. Anna Mickelson 18 (2)
3. Tarah Murrey 13 (2)
Also receiving first-place votes: Kristin Armstrong (Cycling), Christina Jones (Synchronized Swimming), Sanya Richards (Track & Field), Christina Ripp (Wheelchair Basketball), and Rena Wang (Badminton)
1. Xavier Carter 33 (9)
2. Eli Bremer 20 (1)
3. Troy Dumais 15 (2)
Also receiving first-place votes: James Blake (Tennis), Brendan Lum (Badminton), Mike Paye (Wheelchair Basketball), and Donny Robinson (Cycling)
1. Women's Softball 33 (7)
2. Bob and Mike Bryan 19 (3)
3. U.S. Under 23 National Team Eight 18 (3)
Also receiving first-place votes: KONA-LES GETS Mountain Bike Team (Cycling), 2006 World Cup Team (Diving), F.A.M.E. Vaulting Team (Equestrian), Karissa Whitsell and Katie Compton (Paralympic Cycling), and U.S. Girls' Youth National Team (Volleyball)
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