UA Olympic Notes

Aug. 12, 2008

UA Olympic Notes for Tuesday, Aug. 12

** The United States softball team got off to a strong start Monday night by defeating Venezuela, 11-0, in five innings. Wildcats were essential on offense and defense, as Jennie Finch combined with another hurler for a no-hitter, while Caitlin Lowe and Lovie Jung combined to go 4-for-6, with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI.

** Late Monday, UA's Jean Basson, who represents South Africa, finished fourth in the men's 200-meter freestyle final with a time of 1:45.97. Basson, who will be a junior when school starts this fall, finished behind the USA's Michael Phelps, who won the event in a world record time of 1:42.96. After winning both his preliminary heat and the semifinal, Basson told South African Sport Magazine, 'I gave it my all and there was nothing left in the tank.' He continued,' 'It's cool for me as this is my first major international final and I came fourth in the Olympics. It motivates me to go back to Arizona, train harder on my start and turns and then I can come back next time and grab a medal.'

** Five current or former Wildcats took part in the men's 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the Water Cube Tuesday morning. Venezuelan Albert Subirats finished second in heat six with a time of 48.97. Canadian Joel Greenshields (49.01) and South African Ryk Neethling (49.28) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in heat nine. In heat nine, South African Lyndon Ferns (48.26) and Swede Jonas Persson (48.51) finished in third and fifth places, respectively. Of the group, only Ferns and Persson advanced to Wednesday's semifinals.

** Three Cats also took part in the men's 4x200-meter relay. Nicolas Nilo swam the leadoff leg for his native Brazil in heat one and posted a 1:49.49 split as the team finished eighth in a time of 7:19.54. Heat two featured Basson and Darian Townsend swimming for South Africa, where the duo propelled the team to a fourth-place finish in a time of 7:10.91.

** Robertas Javtokas posted eight points and seven rebounds as Lithuania routed Iran, 99-67. In 16 minutes played, the 6-foot-11 center connected on 4-of-7 field goals and added a blocked shot. Lithuania improved to 2-0 in group A pool play.

** Swimmer Matt Grevers earned his first individual medal of the Olympics, as he earned a silver medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke. His time of 53.11 was 0.57 seconds behind USA teammate Aaron Pierson, as the Americans swept the top two places on the medal stand. Grevers, who trained in Tucson prior to the Games, also earned a medal as part of the USA's gold-medal winning 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

Olympic Schedule for Wednesday, Aug. 13

SwimmingSession 1

Men's 100m Freestyle Semifinal

Women's 200m Freestyle Final

Men's 200m Butterfly Final

Women's 200m Butterfly Semifinal

Men's 200m Breaststroke Semifinal

Women's 200m Individual Medley Final

Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final

Session 2

Women's 100m Freestyle Prelims

Men's 200m Backstroke Prelims

Women's 200m Breaststroke Prelims

Men's 200m Individual Medley Prelims

Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Prelims

Women's Volleyball

USA v. Venezuela


USA v. Canada


USA v. South Korea

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UA Medal Count

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

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