Two more Olympic swimming medals for Pac-12
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Led by Clement Lefert's silver on Tuesday, the Pac-12 claimed two medals in swimming, bringing the Conferences' medal count to-date to nine.
France nabbed a silver medal in the men's 4x200 meter relay, giving Lefert (USC) his second medal of the London Games. Lefert swam the third leg, helping his countrymen finish in a time of 7:02.77. Lefert also helped the 4x100 meter relay team win gold.
Individually, Caitlin Leverenz (CAL) clinched a bronze medal in the 200 meter individual medley, touching the wall in a time of 2:08.95.
In four days of competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at nine - 2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze. If the Conference was a nation, it would rank fifth behind France (11) in total medals. The United State and China are tied for first in the medal count with 23 each.
Pac-12 Guide to Day 5 of the Olympics (Wednesday, August 1, 2012)
• Canada starts the day's action against France. With three former Utah standouts, the Canadians are coming off an exciting 73-65 win over Great Britain and look to build on that momentum.
• Great Britain and Kim Butler (OSU) are looking for their first win in Group B. They take on Russia who has won its first two games in London.
Beach Volleyball (M/W)
• The beach volleyball competition begins to wrap up pool play over the next two days. Kerri Walsh (STAN) and teammate Misty May-Treanor of the United States are sitting comfortably atop the Group C standings. They face Austria's Stefanie Schwaiger and Doris Schwaiger before moving on to the elimination round.
• The three-meter synchronized springboard competition begins with the men. Kristian Ipsen (STAN) with his teammate Troy Dumais will represent the USA in the finals. They will be competing against seven other teams at the Aquatics Centre.
• Ryan Nelsen (STAN) and New Zealand still have a chance to advance to the knockout round as they head into the final match of pool play, but will need some help. The Kiwis will have a tough task trying to earn those three points, taking on Brazil, who is first in Group C with six points. The top two teams in each group advance and New Zealand is tied for third in the four-team group with Egypt, each with one point. Egypt and New Zealand played to a 1-1 tie on the first day of competition and it could come down to goal differential. Belarus plays Egypt in their final match of the round robin.
Medals will finally be awarded in the men's and women's rowing competition. After five days of races, medals will be won in women's pair, women's quadruple sculls and men's eight.
• Of Pac-12 interest are the women's quadruple sculls where three of the four in the U.S. boat have Conference ties. Also competing in that race is Beth Rodford (WSU) from Great Britain.
• In the men's eight finals, eight in that race have Pac-12 affiliations, including five in the USA boat. Three former Huskies will be manning the Canadian boat and Olivier Siegelaar (CAL) will be helping his team from the Netherlands claim a medal.
• USA's Clark Burckle (ARIZ) and Nathan Adrian (CAL) will both have opportunities to earn individual medals. Burckle advanced to the finals of the 200-meter freestyle, while Adrian will be going for his second medal of the Games, but his first as an individual, swimming in the finals of the 100-meter freestyle. He won silver in the 4x100 meter relay.
• The 4x200 meter relays will also be contested, but teams will have to get through the heats scheduled for earlier in the day before advancing to the finals.
• USA's Mike and Bob Bryan (STAN) will pick up new doubles partners when they begin mixed doubles action. Bob and Liezel Huber are the third-ranked mixed doubles pair in the tournament and take on a pair from Germany in the first round. Meanwhile, Mike and his partner Lisa Raymond are seeded No. 2 and take on Italy's Sara Errani and Andreas Seppi.
• Poland's mixed doubles pair features Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) who, with teammate Agnieszka Radwanska, are seeded No. 4 and go up against Australia's Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.
• In an anticipated matchup, the U.S. and China square off on the court. Both teams are 2-0 in group play. The teams appear to be closely matched, both winning six of eight games in their first two matches. The Americans will rely on six former Pac-12 players - a trio from Stanford, a pair from Washington and one from USC, and a couple of assistant coaches hailing from the Conference to get past the Chinese.
• Host Great Britain, with Janine Sandell formerly of Washington, take on Italy. Team GB is 1-1 so far.
Women's Water Polo
With 32 players and coaches named to women's water polo Olympic rosters for seven countries, every match in the tournament features at least one player with Pac-12 ties.
• Three from the Pac-12 will be in the pool when Hungary and China collide in Group A action. Both teams are looking for their first victory at the Olympics. Representing the Conference will be Gao Ao (ASU) for China, and Rita Keszthelyi (ASU) and Flora Bolonyai (USC) for Hungary.
• A pair of Trojans clash when Russia and Italy take to the pool in Group B. For Russia, Sofia Konoukh will try to help her team get to 2-0, while Aniko Pelle and the Italians will be looking for its first points of the Games.
• Rowie Webster (ASU) and her Australian teammates take on host-nation Great Britain, also the only team in the field with no Pac-12 ties. The Aussies won their opener, while Great Britain could use a victory.
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.
Today's Tweets from London
Kelley O'Hara (STAN), USA Soccer - "We topped our group tonight with a win. On to the quarters! That's how we do! #USA"
Alex Morgan (CAL), USA Soccer - "3 Wins to finish off at top of the group, that's what I'm talkin about!"
Natalie Coughlin (CAL), USA Swimming - "Key session at the Aquatics Center tonight! Lots of exciting swims ahead. Almost at the halfway mark... #goTeamUSA!"
Allyson Felix (USC), USA Track & Field - "Wow, #TeamUSA women gymnastics just killed it! Gave me chills watching them! Huge Congrats!!!"
Damir Dugonjic (CAL), Slovenia Swimming - "Chilling in the village and watching basketball. Thanks again for all the support everyone. Sometimes things don't go as planned."
Courtney Mathewson (UCLA), USA Water Polo - "Day off... game vs Spain tomorrow at 6:20 pm. Go USA!! #USAWWP"
Brenda Villa (STAN), USA Water Polo - "stay tuned... about to get my nails did at the #p&gsalon in the olympic village.."
Dawn Harper (UCLA), USA Track & Field - "Letting every1know the mood of the USA T&F team is confident, fired up and ready to GO. Talked to a couple of pple and the energy is gr8."
Peng Peng Lee (UCLA), Canada Gymnastics - " You ready CANDA!!! Team Finals here we go! so pumped!"
Rebecca Soni (USC), USA Swimming - "Getting a restful day to prep for 200 tomorrow. Just watched The Vow w/ @danavollmer and @FranklinMissy. So excited for Finals tonight! #fb"