2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
The rowing medal races are scheduled to get underway after weather postponed the events from Wednesday. The women's water polo round-robin play, with a large Pac-12 contingency across six teams, continues. The day will be capped with medal opportunities in two swimming events with each race featuring a pair of swimmers with Conference affiliation. Below is a daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 Guide to the Rio Olympics - Aug. 11:
Two UCLA athletes will compete in the badminton competition when group play begins on Thursday. Iris Wang competes in the individual competition and Jamie Subandhi takes part in the mixed doubles competition. Both are first-time Olympians and looking to make history as the U.S. has never had someone on the podium in the sport.
Two Pac-12 athletes are playing for Nigeria against Spain on Thursday, Ike Diogu of Arizona State and Chamberlain Oguchi or Oregon. Still in group play, Diogu and Oguchi look to lift their team to victory after losing the first two contests, the most recent by just nine points to Lithuania.
Beach Volleyball (W)
Lauren Fendrick (UCLA/USC) and her partner face a pair from Russia on the sand court. The Americans had a touch draw, most recently facing a team from host country, Brazil after losing their opening match. Thursday's matchup against Russia will be the final opportunity for a win and possibly extend their stay in Rio.
After over a century of absence, golf returns to the Olympics. Sixty golfers tee-off on Thursday in the first round go the individual competition, including two former Pac-12 players - South Korea’s Byeong Hun-An (California) and Chinese Taipei’s Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington).
After today's events were rescheduled, medal races begin tomorrow when Washington teammates Megan Kalmoe, Adrienne Martelli race for a medal in the women's quadruple sculls final for Team USA. The USA men's eight, with five Pac-12 members, enter the repechage battling for a top finish to compete in the medal race to be held Saturday. On the women's side Canada's Caleigh Filmer (California) and Lisa Roman (Washington State) will also be competing for a medal race spot in the women's eight repechage. Also on the schedule are the semifinals of the women's lightweight double sculls, women's coxless pair and men's coxless four.
USA men's sevens plays against Spain in the ninth-place match with Danny Barrett (California) and Zach Test (Oregon) looking to help the red, white and blue finish on a high note and leave Rio with a .500 record.
After a rain delay on Wednesday, Jean-Julien Rojer, a graduate of UCLA and playing for the Netherlands, plays in the mixed doubles match against the USA team of Williams and Ram. Also on Thursday, Steve Johnson, formerly of USC, will play in the doubles competition for against Romania.
California Golden Bears Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy take on each other, and the rest of the field, in the men’s 200-meter backstroke, then USA teammates Simone Manuel (Stanford) and Abbey Weitzeil (California) will go for individual medals in the 100-meter freestyle final at the end of the night.
The USA men's volleyball team matches up with home team, Brazil on Thursday. Two Stanford players, brothers Erik and Kawika Shoji, and two USC alums, Micah Christenson and Murphy Troy, lead the way for the Americans in the match.
Water Polo (W)
A total of 19 Pac-12 athletes will be in action lead by Team USA's 11 in a match versus China. Anni Espar (USC) and Roser Tarrago (California) of Spain face Hungary’s Dora Antal (California) and Anna Illes (California). Additionally, Arizona State teammates Izabella Chiappini and Vivianne Bahia represent the host country Brazil in a match against Russia.
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