Pac-12 claims seven medals, three golds
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - It was one of the most successful days for Pac-12 athletes at the London Olympic Games to date. The Conference added seven medals to its count on Saturday, including three golds. Pac-12 athletes also contributed to another swimming world record on the final day of the indoor competition.
USA's Rebecca Soni (USC) and Dana Vollmer (CAL) helped the U.S. 4x100 medley relay team set a world record and finish their Olympic Games with another gold medal. The American quartet swam in a time of 3:52.05, nearly two seconds ahead of second-place Australia. It is the second gold for Soni in London, and Vollmer's third. Jessica Hardy (CAL) and Rachel Bootsma (CAL) also earn gold after swimming in the qualifying heat.
Also at the Aquatics Centre, in the final race of the swim competition at the venue, Nathan Adrian (CAL) swam the anchor leg of the 4x100 medley relay, leading the U.S. to another gold medal. The U.S. won the race in a time of 3:29.35. Nick Thoman (ARIZ) also earns gold in the race for swimming in the qualifying round.
Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan (STAN) improved on their Olympic bronze at the Beijing Games, claiming their first-career gold medals, defeating France's Michael Llodra and Jo-Willifried Tsonga in straight sets, 6-6, 7-6 (7-2), on Saturday at Wimbledon.
Scott Gault (WASH) helped the USA to a bronze medal in the men's four in the final race on the final day of the rowing competition. The Americans crossed the finish line with a time of 6:07.20. It was the first time the U.S. medaled in the event since the Barcelona Games in 1992.
Galen Rupp (ORE) claimed the Conference's first track medal of the Games. He sprinted down the stretch to a silver medal in the 10,000-meter race at Olympic Stadium becoming the first American to medal in the event since 1964. He is also the first American to earn a podium spot in any distance evenyt since 1968.
Jennie Reed (WASH) helped her American teammates to a silver medal in the women's team pursuit in cycling at the Velodrome track. The U.S. could not overtake the hosts Great Britain, who set a world record in the gold-medal final with a time of 3:14.051. The U.S. posted a time of 3:19.727.
Tunisia's Ous Mellouli (USC) claimed a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter freestyle, an event he won gold at the Beijing Olympics. He posted a time of 14:40.31. His medal is the first for his country at the London Games.
With the indoor swimming competition over, Pac-12 athletes take home seven golds, four silver and four bronze. In rowing, Conference-affiliated athletes helped their respective countries claim four medals - a gold, a silver and two bronze.
After eight days of Olympic competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at 23 - 9 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze. If the Conference was a nation, it would rank sixth behind Japan (24) in total medals. The United States leads all nations in the medal count with 54.
Pac-12 Guide to Day 9 of the Olympics (Sunday, August 5, 2012)
Track & Field (Athletics, M/W)
• Four athletes with Pac-12 ties line up for one of the toughest events of the Olympics. American's Desiree Davila (ASU) and Kara Goucher (COLO), Hungary's Zsofia Erdelyi (USC), and Greece's Tina Kefala (USC) will run through London's best site in the women's marathon.
• Oregon State alumnus Kim Butler and Great Britain close out group play against Brazil. With neither team able to advance to the knockout stage, this is the final game for both squads.
• Canada, which has clinched a berth in the elimination round, takes the court against Australia in its final group-stage game. Two former Utah standouts, Shona Thorburn and Kim Smith, lead the Canadians in scoring, while current Ute Michelle Plouffe holds a spot on Canada's roster.
• The U.S.'s April Ross and Jennifer Kessey, both former Trojans, continue to roll, advancing to the quarterfinal of the women's beach volleyball tournament. They take on Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova of the Czech Republic. Slukova and Kolocova have already suffered a loss to an American team when they faced Kerri Walsh (STAN) and Misty May-Treanor in pool play.
• After two qualifying rounds, USA's Cassidy Krug (STAN), with her mentor USA assistant coach Rick Schavone (STAN), look to go for a medal in the women's 3-meter springboard. With the field cut down from 30, Krug is one of 12 divers remaining in the competition.
• USA's Rich Fellers (OSU) advanced to the second qualifier in the individual jumping, and advanced to round one of the team jumping. In the individual competition, he still needs to get through two more qualifying rounds before reaching the finals.
Synchronized Swimming (M/W)
• USA's Mariya Koroleva (STAN) and teammate Mary Killman are in the first rounds of qualification, beginning with the qualification technical routine in the women's duets. The Americans will be the first to compete in the field of 24 teams.
• After winning gold in men's doubles, Mike Bryan (STAN) heads back to Wimbledon, this time with mixed doubles partner Lisa Raymond. The US duo take on Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas in the bronze-medal match.
• The U.S. team, with six former Pac-12 players on the roster and a pair of assistant coaches, sit comfortably in first place in Group B with 12 points, five points ahead of second-place Korea. The undefeated Americans (4-0) play Turkey (2-2) in the final match in group play.
• Great Britain, with former Husky Janine Sandell, need a win, going into the final group match with just two points and one win. They take on Japan, who is 2-2, so far.
Women's Water Polo
• The elimination stage of the women's water polo competition begins. Every match will feature at least one player with Pac-12 ties. The U.S., with 12 players on the roster, Aniko Pelle (USC) and Italy. The Italians look to snap a two-game losing streak and stay alive in the tournament.
• Gao Ao (ASU) and China are still looking for a win in London ad Australia, with the help of Rowie Webster (ASU), have not dropped a match yet.
• Team captian Sofia Konoukh (USC) looks to lead her Russian squad over Hungary, who boasts two players with Pac-12 affiliation - Flora Bolonyai (USC) and Rita Keszthelyi (ASU).
• Anna Espar (USC) and her Spanish teammates take on host-nation Great Britain, who has not won a game in the tournament so far.
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.