Pac-12 adds a pair of silvers to medal count
The Pac-12 picked up two more medals on Day 3 of the London Olympic Games - a pair of silvers in a couple of swimming events.
USA's Nick Thoman, formerly of Arizona, swam a 52.92 in the 100-meter backstroke, finishing behind American teammate Matt Grevers, who set an Olympic record in the event (52.16).
Rebecca Soni (USC) repeated as a silver medalist in the 100-meter backstroke. She was out-tapped at the wall, finishing .08 seconds out of the gold medal. Soni was a silver medalist in the same event at the Beijing Olympics.
On Sunday, Clement Lefert (USC) and the French 4x100 meter relay team took gold, defeating the field with a time of 3:09.93. With the win, it keeps USC's streak of at least one Trojan winning a gold medal at every Summer Olympics since 1912.
Also in that men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay, Vladimir Morozov (USC) helped the Russian quartet to a bronze medal with a time of 3:11.41. With that, a Pac-12 swimmer won gold, silver and bronze in that race, after Nathan Adrian (CAL) also helped the U.S. relay team claim silver.
USA water polo's Maggie Steffens, an incoming freshman who is headed to Stanford in the fall, scored an Olympic-record seven goals in the U.S.'s 14-13 thrilling win over Hungary. Steffens is following in the footsteps of older sister Jessica, who also attended Stanford and is a teammate on the Olympic squad.
After just three days of competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at seven - 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. If the Conference was a nation, it would stand in a tie for fifth with France in total medals.
Pac-12 Guide to Day 4 of the Olympics (Tuesday, July 31, 2012)
• Allison Williamson gets started in the elimination round against Mongolia's Bishindee Urantungalag. Williamson is ranked 47th after the ranking round and will face the 18th-ranked archer from Mongolia.
• China, with Zhaoxu (Max) Zhang (CAL), tips off the days' action against Russia looking for its first win at the Olympic Games.
• Former Cougar Aron Baynes looks to lead his Australian squad to its first group win of the Olympics, after suffering a four-point loss to Brazil in the opener.
• Ike Diogu (ASU) and Nigeria was set to face former Wildcat Robertas Javtokas of Lithuania, but Javtokas was injured and is unable to play the rest of the tournament. The Lithuanians, who are still looking for their first win of the Olympic Games, will be without the services of their team captain.
• Eric Boateng (ASU) and Great Britain suffered a tough loss to open the Games, falling, 95-75, to Russia. The host team will be looking to bounce back versus Brazil.
• To close out the day's games, the U.S., outfitted with four NBA All-Stars with Pac-12 ties, take on Tunisia for its second game in Group A.
Beach Volleyball (M/W)
• USA teammates and former Trojans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross look to build on their first Olympic victory, after making their debut on Saturday. The duo take on Marleen van Eirsel and Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands.
The women's soccer competition is wraps up group play, with all teams playing their final round-robin matches. Teams are fighting for their lives as only the top two teams from all three groups advance to the knockout round, as well as the top-two third-place teams.
• Chelsea Stewart (UCLA) will help her Canadian teammates against Sweden, who is tied for first in the Group F standings with four points. Canada has three points and is tied for third.
• In Group G, nine former Pac-12 standouts have powered the United States over its opponents so far at the Olympics. USA has tallied six points heading into its final group match against DPR Korea, and goalkeeper Hope Solo (WASH) has not allowed a goal since giving up two to France in the first half of the team's Olympic opener.
• Anna Maria Montoya's (ARIZ) Colombia team will not be making it to the knockout round, as they are still looking for a win in London. But the Colombians could play spoiler to the French, who stand tied for second with just three points.
• New Zealand is looking for its first win of the Olympic Games. Betsy Hassett (CAL), Ali Riley (STAN) and Rosie White (UCLA) will try to help their Kiwi teammates post a 'W" against Cameroon, who also has not won a game in London.
• Canada competes in the team finals on Tuesday, where the top three teams at the end of the competition claim medals. Kristina Vaculik's (STAN) second-best all-around score (53.566) during the qualifications helped Team Canada qualify for the final.
• Although there is a full day of rowing events scheduled, the women's lightweight double sculls will have particular Pac-12 interest. Canada's Patricia Obee (OSU) and USA's Julie Nichols (CAL/UCLA) race against each other with their respective partners in the second repechage of the event.
• There are heats and semifinal races scheduled in the men's 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke and 4x200-meter freestyle relay. In just those races alone, there will be 11 different men's and women's swimmers with Pac-12 ties competing for eight countries. The men's 100-meter freestyle event has the most swimmers from Pac-12 schools competing, with five of them representing five different countries. Heats for that race begin at 10 a.m. local time (2 a.m. PT) at the Aquatics Center.
• In the evening session, three Pac-12 women will be in the 200 individual medley finals competing for Olympic hardware: Hungary's Katinka Hosszu (USC), USA'a Caitlin Leverenz (CAL) and USA's Ariana Kukors (WASH). That finals race is scheduled for the last race of the day at 8:43 p.m. local time (12:43 p.m. PT).
• The Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob (STAN), take on Russian duo Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youshny in the second round of the doubles tournament. The top-seeded men's doubles team at the Olympics, the Bryans defeated Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa of Brazil in the first round.
• The U.S. and Donald Suxho (USC) play Germany in their second game of Group B play. The Americans, also with a pair of assistant coaches with UCLA ties on the staff, defeated Serbia in straight sets in the opening match.
Men's Water Polo
• James Clark (USC) and Joel Dennerly (USC) and their Australian teammates look to bounce back from an 8-5 setback to Italy in their match against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
• Current Golden Bear Aleksa Saponjic will look to help his Serbian teammates against host-nation Great Britain and build on a 14-10 win over reigning Olympic Champion Hungary.
• The Americans, with eight players and one on the coaching staff hailing from Pac-12 institutions, take on Romania in the second game of Group B play. The U.S. came away with an 8-7 victory over Montenegro in its Olympics opener.
Olympic action will be televised on the NBC family of networks and will also be live streamed at nbcolympics.com. For more information on TV listings and times, visit nbcolympics.com. For official results, schedules and medal counts, visit london2012.com.
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