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Olympic team members prove why they made the cut at cross country nationals

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jul. 8, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM EDT


In the junior races, Keegan Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing) was the man of the weekend. Swenson swept the weekendʼs events, capturing the cross country, short track and Super D titles.

In the short-track race, he and Tobin Ortenblad (Ritte Elite U23 Development Team) set a fast pace to drop the rest of the field. Swenson eventually dropped Ortenblad, too, finishing 23 seconds ahead of him. Casey Williams (Whole Athlete-Specialized) finished third.

“I didnʼt expect to sweep,” Swenson told USA Cycling. “My main goal was the cross country. After that, it was just to do the best I could. It feels awesome to win the other two jerseys.”

The Super D event proved to be another decisive win for Swenson. The young talent finished in 21:57.1, a time which would have earned him fifth in the pro race. Bryan Duke (Ritte Elite U23 Development Team) was three seconds behind Swenson in second, while Williams took third at five seconds back.

In the womenʼs junior division, India Waller (Durango Devo) won both the cross country and Super D events. Tiziana Dehorney (Get Out! New Mexico) and Ksenia Lepikhina (BJC/Tokyo Joeʼs Junior Development Team) earned second and third in the cross country race, while Shayna Powless (MTB PRO Team: BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA) and Mackenzie Stanley (Whole Athlete-Specialized) topped out the podium in the Super D.
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