Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
Medal opportunities are on the slate on Tuesday for Pac-12-affiliated athletes in several sports, including diving, synchronized swimming and track & field, hoping to add to the Conference’s 37 total medals (17 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze). Some of the team tournaments are winding down, as well, as teams march one step closer to gold medals games, including USA’s Kerri Walsh (Stanford) and April Ross (USC) in beach volleyball and in women’s soccer. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics. [Detailed Medal Count]
Daily Pac-12 Guide to the Rio Olympics (Aug. 16, 2016):
Women’s basketball elimination stage tips off as three teams with Pac-12 ties looking to earn a spot in the semifinals. Canada’s Kim (Smith) Gaucher (Utah), Nirra Fields (UCLA) and Michelle Plouffe (Utah) look to help the team versus France, as Bev Smith (Oregon) looks to give guidance from the sidelines as an assistant coach. Australia’s Leilani Mitchell (Utah) helped the Aussies to the top of their group and face Serbia in the quarterfinal, while Turkey’s Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Stanford) also competes against Serbia.
Beach Volleyball (W)
The duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross continue to be one of the favorites to medal in beach volleyball but will face one of two Brazilian teams still remaining in Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas De Freitas. The environment will be electric as the Americans look to knock off the hometown team for a spot in the gold-medal match.
USA’s Kristian Ipsen (Stanford) breezed through the preliminary of the 3-meter springboard to advance onto the semifinal Tuesday. He placed at a comfortable third place in the preliminary round. Italy’s Mickey Benedetti (Arizona State) also qualified for the semifinal, earning the 17th spot out of 18 qualifiers.
USA’s Lucy Davis (Stanford) advanced to the second individual qualifier with her horse Barron. Both also compete in round one of the team jumping competition.
Looking to earn a spot in the gold-medal match, the Pac-12 will have a representative in each of the semifinal games. UCLA’s current goalkeeper coach Aline Reis looks to lead Brazil against Sweden. Also repping the Bruins, Jessie Fleming will look to help lift Team Canada past Germany.
Marathon Swimming (M)
Five-time Olympian for Tunisia Ous Mellouli (USC), who became the first athlete ever to medal in both pool and open water swimming in 2012, looks to defend his gold-medal winning performance from London in the 10k open water swim.
USA’s Helena Scutt (Stanford) and her partner have three races on the schedule, including races no. 10, 11, 12, hoping to earn a spot in the medal final on Thursday.
Synchronized Swimming (W)
Stanford graduate Mariya Koroleva, and partner Anita Alvarez, compete for a medal for Team USA in the duets free routine final after finishing ninth in the preliminary round.
Track & Field (M/W)
On Tuesday, the final of the women’s 1500-meter will prove to be a race to watch. USA Colorado alum Jenny Simpson looks to medal against a competitive field. Ducks Johnathan Cabral of Canada and Devon Allen of the USA advanced to the semifinals and will look to try to make it to the finals in the evening. Already a medal winning, taking the bronze in the 100 meter, Canada’s Andre De Grasse (USC) races in the 200 meter preliminaries, as will Samoa’s Jeremy Dodson (Colorado), both looking to make their way to the final.
Other events to watch include, the men’s 1,500-meter heats with USA’s Matthew Centrowitz (Oregon) and David Torrence (California) competing for a spot in the finals and the women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals with Canada’s Sage Watson (Arizona) and USA’s Dalilah Muhammad (USC). The women’s pole vault also features three Conference-affiliated athletes with Greece’s Ekaterina Stefanidi (Stanford), Ireland’s Tori Pena (UCLA) and Puerto Rico’s Diamara Planell Cruz (Washington) starting their competition.
Women’s volleyball enters tournament play as the USA, with Foluke Akinradewo (Stanford), Carli Lloyd (California), Karsta Lowe (UCLA), and Courtney Thompson (Washington), look to keep their perfect Olympic streak alive versus Japan in the quarterfinals.
Water Polo (M)
Kostas Genidounias (USC) looks to lead his team, Greece, when they face Italy in the quarterfinal round.