COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Olympic Committee Honors Hammer for April Accomplishments
Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) successfully defended her world title in the women’s three-kilometer individual pursuit at the 2007 UCI Track World Championships. After besting her own national record in the qualifying round, Hammer posted an even faster time in the final. She recorded a time of 3:30.213, lowering the record once again and beating Rebecca Romero of Great Britain for the gold medal and rainbow jersey. Hammer’s back-to-back world titles marks the first time an American woman has won consecutive world championships on the track in over 20 years.
Second place for the female vote went to Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, Minn.) who led the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team to a silver-medal finish at the 2007 IIHF Women’s World Championship April 3-10 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. She ranked second on the team and fourth overall in the tournament with nine points on four goals and five assists in five games. She led Team USA with 28 shots on goal, nine more than any of her teammates. She scored the game-winning goal against Finland to send the United States to the gold-medal game and tallied a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the tournament. Serving for the first time as an alternate captain for team USA, Darwitz anchored the power-play unit that ranked first at the Championships with a 25 percent conversion rate. She was also part of the U.S. penalty killing corps that only allowed one power-play goal in five games. Her efforts earned her a spot on the media all-star team.
Third place for the female vote went to Shalane Flanagan (Pittsboro, N.C.) of USA Track and Field. Flanagan set an American record in winning the women’s 5,000m in 14 minutes 44.80 seconds at the 2007 Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 13. The previous U.S. record of 14:45:35 was set by Regina Jacobs in Sacramento, Calif., on July 21, 2000.
The University of Michigan Women’s 4x800m and 4x1500m Track and Field Team took home second-place honors for the team award. The Wolverines claimed their first Penn Relays relay title on April 26 taking first place in the 4x1,500m relay with a season-best, collegiate-record time of 17:15.62. University of Michigan’s time broke a 17-year-old record that was set by Villanova, with a time of 17:18.10.
The same four women were back as Michigan claimed the 4x800m relay with a season-best, collegiate-record time of 8:18.78. They shattered a 23-year record set by Tennessee with a time of 8:20.22.
Members of the relay team included Katie Erdman (Cadillac, Mich.), Geena Gall (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Anna Willard (Greenwood, Maine) and Nicole Edwards (Manitoba, Canada).
1. Sarah Hammer
2. Natalie Darwitz
3. Shalane Flanagan
1. U.S. Under 18 National Ice Hockey Team and U.S. Men’s World
Championship Curling Team
2. University of Michigan Women’s 4x800m and 4x1500m Team
3. Men’s BMX Cycling Team
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