Pac-12 claims first gold and world record
Former California standout Dana Vollmer claims the Pac-12's first gold medal, setting a world record in the 100 meter butterfly. She becomes the first woman to break 56 seconds in the event, winning with a time of 55.98 seconds.
Also a former Golden Bear, Nathan Adrian swam the first leg of the 4x100 meter men's freestyle for the silver-medal winning United States squad. With Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte, Adrian and the team finished in a time of 3:10.38, just .45 seconds behind gold-medal winning France.
After two days of competition, Pac-12 athletes have won three Olympic medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), tying for sixth in the medal count with Korea.
Pac-12 guide to Day 3 of Olympics competition, Monday, July 30:
• Current UCLA student Rena Wang begins her Olympic competition on Monday, taking on second-seeded Xin Wang of China in Group P in singles action at Wembley Arena. The matchup is the first of the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. local time.
• When Great Britain take on Canada in Group B action on Monday, four players from Pac-12 institutions will be on the floor. Kim Butler (OSU) will have the home crowd on her side as a member of "Team GB." Team Canada will look to the Utes' Michelle Plouffe, Shona Thorburn and Kim Smith on the floor.
Beach Volleyball (M/W)
• The U.S.'s formidable squad of Kerri Walsh (STAN) and Misty May-Treanor take on the Czech Republic's Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova. Walsh and May-Treanor defeated Australian duo Tamsin Hinchley and Nat Cook on Saturday, 2-0.
• Jake Gibb (UTAH) and teammate Sean Rosenthal are also in action after picking up a 2-0 win vs. South Africa's Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt. Gibb and Rosenthal face Poland's Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz.
• Teams continue to advance through preliminary rounds in the men's and women's rowing competitions.
• The U.S. women's quadruple sculls, including Kara Kohler and Megan Kalmoe (CAL), compete in the repechage for a last chance at a spot in the finals.
• Three former Huskies will be in the men's eight for Canada, as well as Olivier Siegelaar (CAL) of the Netherlands. All are looking for a finals spot for their respective countries in the event.
• Alex Hovey (CAL) and Alex Osborne (STAN) row in the repechage of the men's quadruple sculls for the U.S.
• In the men's pair, Silas Stafford (Stanford/UCLA) will lead the boat for the U.S.
• The U.S. and Scott Gault (WASH) compete in the third head of the men's four competition. Half of Canada's men's four are Pac-12 products, with Anthony Jacob (WASH) and Will Dean (CAL) leading the charge.
• Four finals races are scheduled for Monday at the Aquatics Centre, with a pair of Pac-12 swimmers ready to compete for medals.
• Arizona's Nick Thoman will be going for gold in the men's 100 meter backstroke in his first-ever individual Olympic event.
• USC's Rebecca Soni is competing in the 100-meter breaststroke where she will be looking to improve on her silver medal from Beijing.
• The Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) and doubles partner Robin Haase were delayed at Wimbledon on Sunday due to weather. The duo will take on their opponents from India, Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan in first-round action.
• The United States volleyball team, stocked with five former and two coaches on the staff all with Conference ties, play Brazil in Group B play. The Americans defeated Korea on Saturday, 3-1.
• Host nation Great Britain, with former Washington standout Janine Sandell, play Algeria in the final match of the day at the Earls Court. GB is looking for its first win of the tournament, falling to Russia on the first day, 3-0.
Women's Water Polo
• Women's water polo action begins on Monday and all four matches slated for the day feature at least one Pac-12 athlete.
• Spain's Anna Espar (USC) and her squad play China, with Arizona State's Gao Ao in the first game of Group A to start the tournament.
• Also from ASU, Rowie Webster will help lead her Australian teammates against Italy and USC's Aniko Pelle in Group B action.
• Russia's Sofia Konoukh (USC) will be the sole Pac-12 representative in the second-to-last match against Great Britain.
• The U.S. roster has 12 players with Pac-12 ties, while the head coach of the team is Adam Krikorian, formerly the head coach at UCLA and an alumnus. The red, white and blue face Hungary in the pool in the last match of the day. Hungary also boasts a pair of Pac-12 athletes in Flora Bolonyai (USC) and Rita Keszthelyi (ASU).
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