Sport-by-Sport Notes

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

CANOE/KAYAK: Carrie Johnson of San Diego earned a spot on the U.S. team with her victory in the women's 500 kayak at the U.S. flatwater trials in Oklahoma City last weekend. In May, she'll have the chance to earn a second slot, teaming with Maggie Hogan of San Diego in the 500 doubles at the Pan American Championships in Montreal.

With her 23rd-place finish at the 2007 World Slalom Championships, Washington's Ashley Nee, 18, secured an Olympic slot for the United States in women's single kayak. This weekend at the U.S. trials in Charlotte, Nee will try to lock up that spot for herself.

2004 Olympians Scott Parsons of Bethesda and Brett Heyl (George Washington) of Charlotte are expected to battle for the lone men's kayak slot.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The teams of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, in the lead to claim one of two U.S. team slots for women, and Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, at the top of the men's standings, won their second titles of the season at a pro tour event in Dallas.

TRIATHLON: New Zealand-born Matt Reed, who recently gained his U.S. citizenship, and Julie Swail Ertel, a silver medal winner in water polo at the 2000 Games, earned Olympic berths with victories at the team trials in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Reed's brother, Shane, will compete in the Olympic triathlon for New Zealand.

WRESTLING: The U.S. freestyle team is down to its last chance -- May 3-4 in Poland -- to qualify for the Olympics at 60 kg/132 lbs. after Mike Zadick, a 2006 world silver medalist, failed to advance at a qualifying event in Martingy, Switzerland. The United States, which has qualified in 14 of 18 weight classes overall, still is seeking spots in three Greco-Roman weight classes.

-- Amy Shipley and Liz Clarke

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