Pac-12 claims five medals and two records
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - It was an exciting day for Pac-12 athletes in London. Five medals were added to the Conference's total count, including a pair of golds. In addition, a world record and an Olympic record were set in the pool.
The United States' Nathan Adrian (CAL) swam a 47.52, .01 seconds ahead of the favorite, Australia's James Magnussen. It is Adrian's second medal of the 2012 Games, but his first in an individual event. He helped Team USA win silver in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay.
Dana Vollmer, also for Team USA and another Cal product, helped the 4x200-meter freestyle team set an Olympic record with a time of 7:42.92 en route to a second gold. On Tuesday, she set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly to win her her first gold medal in London.
Six Pac-12 athletes contributed to a pair of medals at Dorney Lake, site of the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre. Three quarters of the bronze-winning U.S. women's quadruple sculls are Pac-12 products, including Megan Kalmoe (WASH), Kara Kohler (CAL) and Adrienne Martelli (WASH). They finished the course in a time of 6:40.63 to claim the U.S.'s first Olympic medal in the event since 1984.
In the men's eight competition, three former Huskies led Canada to a silver medal at Eton Dorney - Rob Gibson, Conlin McCabe and Will Crothers. The team posted a time of 5:49.98, just 1.23 seconds behind gold medalist Germany.
Back at the Aquatics Centre, the U.S. synchronized three-meter springboard team, with Kristian Ipsen (STAN) and teammate Troy Dumais, earned a bronze medal, posting 446.70 points.
Also today, Rebecca Soni (USC) swam a world-record 2:20.00 in the semifinals of the 200-meter breaststroke to qualify for the finals on Thursday. She has already won a silver in the 100-meter breaststroke.
In five days of competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at 14 - 4 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze. If the Conference was a nation, it would rank fourth behind Japan (17) in total medals. The China leads all nations in the medal count with 30.
Pac-12 Guide to Day 6 of the Olympics (Thursday, August 2, 2012)
• When the U.S. takes the court against Nigeria there will be three Pac-10 Players of the Year on the floor - USA's James Harden (2009) and Kevin Love (2008), and Nigeria's Ike Diogu (2005) The Americans look to remain perfect and gain separation atop the Group A standings. Meanwhile, Nigeria aims to keep pace with the rest of the field. The Conference has four total players on the American squad and the team trainer hailing from Pac-12 schools.
• Australia and China meet in group play with each team looking for its first win of the tournament. Australia's Aaron Baynes (WSU) has Pac-12 ties, while China's Max Zheng (Cal) represents the Conference for the Chinese.
• Great Britain goes toe-to-toe with Group B giant Spain. Great Britain, which also looks to earn its first win of the competition, features a pair of players with Pac-12 roots, Eric Boateng (ASU) and Kim Butler (OSU).
• The USA duo from USC, Jennifer Kessey and April Ross, face off against Spain's Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillian in the final round of match play. The teams are tied for the top spot in Pool D. Both will automatically advance to the elimination round regardless of the outcome of the match.
• The medal favorites, the U.S. goes for gold on Thursday in the women's eight final. Of the eight women in the boat, three are from the three different Pac-12 institutions: Erin Cafaro (CAL), Elle Logan (STAN) and Mary Wipple (WASH).
• There are heats and semifinal races scheduled in the men's 50 meter free, women's 800 meter free, men's 100 meter fly and women's 200 meter backstroke, where several Pac-12 swimmers will be competing for spots in the finals on Friday.
• Two of the four finals slated for Thursday have a couple of USA Pac-12 swimmers in the hunt for a podium spot. Rebecca Soni (USC), who set the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke in the semifinals on Wednesday, goes for her second individual medal.
• Jessica Hardy (CAL) will also be going for her second medal, but her first in an individual event. She is swimming in the finals of the 100-meter freestyle. She helped the USA to a bronze medal in the 4x100-meter free relay.
• The USA's Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob (STAN), team up again in men's doubles quarterfinals action on Thursday after competing in mixed doubles on Wednesday. The top-seeded duo of the tournament, they take on Israel's Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.
• Bob Bryan will pull double-duty, however, as his mixed doubles match on Wednesday was postponed. He and partner Liezel Huber take on the German team of Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas.
• The U.S. gears up for its toughest test yet as they take on undefeated Brazil in group play. The Americans, who are also unbeaten, look to take sole possession of first place in Group B. The U.S. team features former USC standout Donald Suxho and two on the coaching staff with Pac-12 ties.
Men's Water Polo
• A pair of Trojans in James Clark and Joel Dennerley will take the pool for Australia when they face Spain in Group A. The Australians look to gain two more points and move into the group lead.
• The United States battles Great Britain in Group B. The U.S. has eight players and one coaching staff member with Pac-12 ties. The Americans are coming off a close 10-8 victory over Romania and look to stay undefeated in match play.
• The Serbian team featuring Aleksa Saponjic (CAL) takes on Germany in Group B match play. Serbia needs a win to stay tied for the lead with the U.S.
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
Alyssa Anderson (ARIZ), USA Swimming // @alyssaloo930
"Couldn't put together a better group of women" Congrats on the GOLD @FranklinMissy @danavollmer @s_vreeland @arschmitty"
Adrieen Martelli (WASH), USA Rowing // @HammerMartelli
"Its a pretty magical feeling when little kids wants to take a picture with you and your medal #inspireageneration"
Jessica Hardy (CAL), USA Swimming // @swimhardy
"I swam a lifetime best time in the 100 free tonight & made tomorrow's final! Will have a blast & race my heart out! #fb"
Maggie Steffens (STAN), USA Water Polo // @maggiesteffens
"Tied Spain for game 2, we know every game is going to be close, but we now focus to China for the last bracket play game.. #gousa"
Shalaya Kipp (COLO), USA Track & Field // @ShalayaKipp
"I get butterfly's just thinking about T&F starting in 2 days! #London2012"
Mariya Koroleva (STAN), USA Synchronized Swimming // @mkoroleva
"My fellow Walnut Creeker, Stanford classmate, "S" partner in crime and friend @kristianipsen just won an Olympic bronze medal! Woo!!!"
Andre Iguodala (ARIZ), USA Basketball // @mindofAl9
"Come on vball! Let's get the victory so dude next to me quit jumpin up and down..."
Conlin McCabe (WASH), Canada Rowing // @conlinmccabe
"Unreal day, great race, amazing crew! And the best supporting fans ever! Olympic silver!!"