2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to Rio Olympics
After three days of racing events, including rescheduled events because of weather, the rowing competition moves into the medal rounds and the Pac-12 will be in contention. On day five of eight in the swimming competition, the Conference will have representatives in the finals, as well. It has been a strong showing for the Pac-12 delegation, already claiming 14 overall medals, including eight gold. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 Guide to Rio Olympians (Aug. 10, 2016) -
Five former Pac-12 players will be on the court when tournament play continues on Wednesday as Australia teammates Andrew Bogut (Utah), Aron Baynes (Washington State) and Brock Motum (Washington State) take on Team USA with Klay Thompson (Washington State) and DeMar DeRozan (USC). It will mark the most number of Pac-12-affiliated players in a basketball game at the Games.
Venezuela's Dwight Lewis (USC) sees action versus China, and France's Kim Tillie (Utah) faces Serbia.
On the women's side, Canada's Shona Thorburn (Utah), Nirra Fields (UCLA) and Kim (Smith) Gaucher (Utah) look for their third win of the Games against Sengal.
Beach Volleyball (M/W)
The dynamic duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings, formerly of Stanford, and April Ross, formerly of USC, are dominating their way through the preliminaries of the women’s beach volleyball competition. The two beat China to move on to a match against the Swiss team on Wednesday.
Utah alum Jake Gibb and his beach volleyball partner are set to match up against Spain in Pool F round-robin play. The duo has a win but most recently suffered a loss and is looking to get back on track.
The USA men's team matches up against Fiji Wednesday. Danny Barrett a graduate of Cal and Zack Test a graduate of Oregon will assist the American squad in their pursuit for a medal.
Medal races get underway as Washington teammates Adrienne Martelli and Megan Kalmoe compete as part of a foursome in the women’s quadruple sculls. Former California Golden Bear Will Dean will look to race Canada to a medal in the men’s quadruple sculls final, as well.
The USA eight enters the repechage with five members from Pac-12 programs looking to make the medal race to be held Saturday.
After several heats in different disciplines at the 100- and 200-meter distances, medals will be claimed in four events again. USA teammates Kevin Cordes (Arizona) and Josh Pernot (California) will race to the finish in the 200m breaststroke.
The shortest and fastest race of the swimming competition is also on the schedule with USA's Nathan Adrian (California) one of the favorites to win the 50-meter freestyle. Canada’s Santo Condorelli (USC) will be chasing him down and the others to claim a spot on the podium. The night will close out with the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay final.
Steve Johnson, formerly of USC, is dominating the Olympic tennis scene for USA. As an individual in the singles competition, he moved onto Round 3 on Wednesday where he will face Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy. Also competing in the doubles competition, he and his partner beat out Spain to advance to the semifinals tomorrow. Interestingly enough, Johnson faced up against fellow former Trojan, Robert Farah of Colombia, in Round 2. The two competed against each other with Colombia falling short to the Red, White and Blue.
Two teams with Pac-12 ties are competing on Wednesday, including the USA (vs. Serbia) and Puerto Rico (vs. China). Debora Seilhamer, a USC alum, will hit the court with Puerto Rico in their match up against China. The U.S. team, with it's many former Pac-12 athletes and current coaches on staff, will face off against Serbia on Wednesday morning.
Water Polo (M)
Wednesday we see three teams competing with Pac-12 ties, including Greece (vs. Hungary), USA (vs. France) and Australia (vs. Japan). Four USC delegates will be in the pool, including Kostas Genidounias for Greece, Joel Dennerley for Australia, McQuin Baron for the USA, and incoming freshman Thomas Dunstan also for the USA. The two USC athletes are part of the 10 Pac-12 contingent on the USA men's water polo team. Completing the squad are two from Cal athletes, four from Stanford and two from UCLA.