2016 Olympics Aug. 8 recap: USC's Katinka Hosszu continues to dazzle in pool for Hungary
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Three days of full competitions in Rio, and three days with gold medals for the Pac-12. Once again, the Conference of Champions featured plenty of athletes in the pool on Monday in another exciting day the Olympic Aquatic Center. Likewise, the Pac-12 had a host of athletes competing in rowing competitions following Sunday’s cancelled action. Take a look at the top Pac-12 performers from Monday.
USC swim alum Katinka “Iron Lady” Hosszu maintained her impressive Olympics on Monday evening by winning her second gold in Rio, claiming the title in the 100m backstroke with a time of 58.45. Hosszu earned the Pac-12’s first gold medal on Sunday in the 400m individual medley, making her the first swimmer with two individual golds in Rio. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Cal Golden Bear Kathleen Baker, who has battled through Crohn's Disease, brought home silver in the event 100m backstroke with a time of 58.75.
Hosszu also made progress in the 200m individual medley event, as she recorded the second fastest time in the semifinals (2:08.13) with Stanford alumna and 400m IM silver-medalist Maya DiRado checking in at third place (2:08.91) through the semifinals in the 200m IM.
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Did we officially see Cal alum Missy Franklin pass the torch to star Stanford incoming freshman Katie Ledecky on Monday night? It appears that way, as Ledecky (1:54.81) recorded the second fastest time in Monday’s semifinal round for the 200m freestyle while Franklin (1:57.56) will miss out on the final after placing 13th.
Current Cal star Ryan Murphy also picked up the first individual gold medal by a male Pac-12 swimmer in Rio on Monday night, as he set an Olympic record in the 100m backstroke with a 51.97 mark. Murphy wasn't even one of the top three swimmers to hit the wall at the turn but he finished with a fury to win the sixth straight gold medal for Team USA in the the men's 100m backstroke.
Even greater? Murphy fulfilled a dream he declared in a book he authored as a kid.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016
The United States returned to its dominant form after a shaky start vs. Venezuela on Monday, claiming a 113-69 win despite being tied at the end of the first quarter. A day following his 27th birthday, DeMar DeRozan came off the bench and added 8 points and 3 assists for the Americans. Meanwhile Klay Thompson continued to struggle in the early stages of the Olympics, going 0-for-5 from the field after going 1-for-6 on Monday against China. Former USC guard Dwight Lewis appeared for Venezuela off the bench but was held scoreless.
A couple of Aussies with Pac-12 ties, Washington State alum Aron Baynes (10 pts, 7 reb) and former Utah star Andrew Bogut (9 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast, 3 blk) helped the Boomers claim a 95-80 win over Serbia that featured a dominant fourth quarter from Australia.
Canada trailed by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter of Monday’s matchup against Serbia but staged a big comeback to claim a 71-67 victory. Former UCLA Bruins baller Nirra Fields came off the bench and scored 8 fourth-quarter points in key moments. Fields nailed a 3-pointer at the 4:53 mark to tie up the game before converting a go-ahead layup with 1:48 left to make it 65-64 Canada. A trio of Utah products also played for Team Canada, including Kim Gaucher (8 pts, 6 reb), Michelle Plouffe (2 pts) and Shona Thorburn (2 pts).
Men’s Quadruple Sculls
Former Cal standout Will Dean and Rob Gibson (Washington) took part in Canada’s four-man crew that finished fifth on Monday with a time of 5:56.28 They’ll be back in the lake on Wednesday for the Final B of the quad sculls event.
Team USA, which features five Pac-12 alums including coxswain Sam Ojerkis (Washington), placed fourth in the heat men’s competition on Monday with a time of 5:40.16 and will race again in Wednesday’s repechage.
Men’s coxless four A pair of Washington alums, Will Crothers and Conlin McCabe took part in Canada’s men’s coxless four quartet on Monday that recorded a time of 5:58.26 and qualified for semifinal action on Wednesday.
Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Three-time Olympian and Washington alum Megan Kalmoe helped Team USA (6:28.54) advance to Wednesday’s final with a fourth-place finish during Monday’s repechage.
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Women’s Eight Stanford alum Elle Logan and coxswain Katelin Snyder helped the American women’s eight rowing squad power through the 2000m in just 6:06.34 on Wednesday to win their heat and automatically advance to the final.
Meanwhile, ex-Husky rower Caileigh Filmer and Canada placed fifth (6:12.44) and will have to compete in Wednesday’s repechage.
USC's Anna Wierzbowska teamed up with sister, Maria, on Monday to secure a spot in the women’s pairs semifinals after placing seventh in the heats with a time of 7:12.82.
Women’s lightweight double sculls
Rowing for team Canada, Washington’s Patricia Obee teamed with Lindsay Jennerich to place third in the lightweight double sculls with a time of 7:03.51 and advance to Tuesday’s repechage.
Lone Oregon State Olympic representative Devery Karz made her Rio debut on Monday with teammates Kathleen Berko, and the pair finished 10th in heats (7:07.37) to secure a spot in Tuesday’s repechage.
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Once again, the Pac-12 alumni duo of Kerri Walsh-Jennings (Stanford) and April Ross (USC) showed why they’re favorites to win gold in beach volleyball, as they claimed a 2-0 win against Fan Wang and Yuan Yue of China.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016
Former Stanford star Foluke Akinradewo continues to be a major offensive force for Team USA, which won the final two sets against the Netherlands on Monday en route to claiming 3-2 comeback victory in the group stage.
Through three races of the women’s RS:X competition, Stanford’s Marion Lepert ranks ninth with 23 points after placing third in one race and 10th in two others. The women will pick up competition again on Tuesday.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Team USA, which features eight Pac-12ers, lost its second straight contest to begin the Olympics on Monday, suffering a 10-9 loss to Spain. After the Spaniards took a 10-7 lead with about four minutes remaining, a couple of Stanford alums scored goals to make things heated down to the wire. First Bret Bonanni found the back of the net at the 3:32 mark, before Alex Bowen bounced one off the top post and into the goal for his third score of the day. But the Americans fell short a goal, and enter Wednesday’s group-stage match against France with an 0-2 record.
MEN’S DOUBLES TENNIS
A couple of former USC tennis stars went head-to-head on Monday, but it was American Steve Johnson and his partner Jack Sock who claimed a 2-0 victory against Colombia’s Robert Farah and Juan-Sebastian Cabal.