2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
For those missing the swimming events, there is one more left on the schedule over the next two days with the men’s and women’s 10k open water. The women go on Monday with former Trojan Haley Anderson considered a medal favorite. The men’s diving competition starts with the Conference claiming a trio of competitors in the 3-meter springboard, while USA women’s water polo team looks to continue to dominate through the elimination stage. Pac-12 athletes had tremendous success in the water and on land, the track athletes are off to a good start. Below is a daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 Guide to the Rio Olympics (Aug. 15, 2016) -
Nigeria lost its first three games of match play but Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Chamberlain Oguchi (Oregon) and company got into the winning column with a convincing victory over Croatia. The Nigerians look to end their Rio Games on a high note when its takes on host-team Brazil.
USA’s Kristian Ipsen (Stanford) is making his second Olympics appearance, competing in the 3-meter springboard diving competition. While he medaled in the synchronized event in 2012, he will be going for his first individual medal in Rio. Austria’s Constantin Blaha (Arizona State) is headed to his third Games, hoping for a medal this time, as well. Fellow Sun Devil, representing Italy, Mickey Benedetti is also a veteran Olympian who will be participating in his final international 3-meter springboard diving event.
Marathon Swimming (W)
The indoor swimming events are over, but the outdoor 10k open water event really closes the door on the swimming competition, officially. The women go first on Monday, followed by the men’s race on Tuesday. USA’s Haley Anderson (USC) nabbed a silver medal in London in 2012, the first time the event was contested in the Olympics. She is a favorite to medal again.
The sailing competition continues to battle weather and has had to reschedule races. USA’s Helena Scutt (Stanford), with her teammate Paris Henken, continue to race in the 49er FX discipline, looking to earn a spot in the medal race later in the week.
Synchronized Swimming (W)
USA’s Mariya Koroleva (Stanford) and teammate Anita Alvarez placed ninth overall in the preliminary of the duet competition, the duets free routine. The duo competes in the second portion of the event, performing the duets technical routine.
Track & Field (M/W)
Allyson Felix (USC) and Phyllis Francis (Oregon) are two of three USA women running in the finals of the 400-meter race. Felix has won medals in the 4x400-meter relay team but this will mark the first time she is running the distance as an individual. She is also in pursuit of the American women’s record for most Olympic medals set by former UCLA Bruin Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
While Rio marks only the third time the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase is contested in the Olympics, USA’s Emma Coburn (Colorado) looks to be the first American woman to medal in the event. She posted the third-best time in the world in the heats on Friday.
The women’s 200-meter preliminaries features three Pac-12 sprinters - USA’s Jenna Prandini (Oregon) and Deajah Stevens (Oregon), and the Bahamas’ Tynia Gaither (USC). Another three hurdlers are taking part in the 110-meter hurdles, including USA's Devon Allen (Oregon), Canada's Johnathan Cabral (Oregon) and Serbia's Milan Ristic (California).
Heats of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, and men's and women's 400-meter hurdles will also be contested.
The U.S. men’s volleyball team, with former Trojan standout Micah Christenson, as well as former Golden Bear David Dantes, started off the Rio Games with a rough 0-2 start, but have bounced back to win two in a row, including a four-set thrilling win over Brazil in front of a hostile crowd, look to carry that momentum in their final pool-play match versus Mexico.
Water Polo (W)
The women’s water polo competition has moved into the elimination stage and the USA, with nearly the entire team hailing from Pac-12 schools, including Maggie Steffens (Stanford) and Courtney Mathewson (UCLA), are unbeaten going against host-team Brazil, who has not won a game. The red, white and blue has scored more than any team in the field and has been stifling on defense, allowing the fewest number of goals during pool play.