UA Olympic Update

Aug. 11, 2008

Olympic Notes from Sunday:** Arizona swimmers were a large part of the day's 4x100-meter relay competition. The South African team of Lyndon Ferns, Roland Schoeman, Ryk Neethling and Darian Townsend finished third in heat two with a time of 3:13.06. All four competed collegiately for the Wildcats. Also competing in the heat was Simon Burnett, who helped Great Britain finish fourth in a time of 3:13.69. Nicolas Nilo also participated in the men's 4x100-meter relay for Brazil.

** Matt Grevers, who trains in Tucson with UA head coach Frank Busch, anchored the U.S. 4x100-meter relay team to a world record time of 3:12.29 in heat one. Wildcats Jonas Persson (Sweden) and Joel Greenshields (Canada) helped their countries to third and fourth place finishes, respectively, in the heat.

** Grevers efforts in the 4x100 relay capped a nice day, as he posted an Olympic record in the heats of the 100-meter backstroke. His record-setting time was 53.41. Later in the day, he finished second in the 100-meter backstroke semifinals in a time of 52.99.

** Gerhard Zandberg (South Africa) won heat three in a time of 53.75. He later turned in a time of 53.98 to finish sixth in the 100 back semifinals. Jake Tapp (Canada) swam in the 100-meter backstroke heats and turned in a time of 55.54.

** Jean Basson (South Africa) performed well in the 200-meter freestyle. He won heat one in a time of 1:46.31 and won the semifinal with a time of 1:46.13.

Other weekend highlights:** Tucson native Lacey Nymeyer captured the University of Arizona's first medal in the 2008 Summer Games, as she was part of the United States' silver-medal winning 4x100-meter freestyle relay team in a time of 3:34.37 on Saturday.

** Lithuania's Robertas Javtokas tallied 12 points and five rebounds in his country's 79-75 win over Argentina. Javtokas started and played nearly 17 minutes in the contest. Four years ago, Argentina defeated Lithuania in the 2004 Athens Gold Medal game.

** Outside hitter Kim Glass helped the United States to a 3-1 victory Saturday over Japan in the Olympic opener for both squads. Glass scored four points, while totaling four kills and two blocks in the match.

Olympic Schedule for Monday, Aug. 11SwimmingSession 1 Women's 100m Backstroke Semifinal Men's 200m Freestyle Semifinal Women's 100m Butterfly Final Men's 100m Breaststroke Final Women's 100m Breaststroke Semifinal Men's 100m Backstroke Semifinal Women's 400m Freestyle Final Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay FinalSession 2 Women's 200m Freestyle Prelims Men's 200m Butterfly Prelims Women's 200m Individual Medley Prelims

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Lacey Nymeyer, USA; women's 4x100-meter relay team (silver)

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