Pac-10 Olympic Spotlight: Swimming
Aug. 13, 2008
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2008 Pac-10 Olympic Accomplishments - Aug. 13
- Lovieanne Jung, ARIZ, walked with one out, and one out later, the U.S. softball team's second baseman stole second. Up came Natasha Watley for an All-UCLA matchup against Australia's Tanya Harding, who pitched the Bruins to an NCAA title in 1996. Watley hit an RBI single to snap a 0-0 tie in the fifth and lead Team USA to a win.
- USC's Amy Rodriguez led the United States to a 4-0 win over New Zealand and a spot in the quarterfinals of the women's Olympic football tournament. Rodriguez scored with a left-foot first time shot from inside the area after breaking free from her defenders. Former Cardinal Rachel Buehler also earned a start in the game.
- Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin swam to her third medal at the 2008 Games with a third place showing in the women's 200 individual medley. Coughlin now holds one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal from the XXIX Olympiad.
(Courtesy of espn.com)
PAC-10 OLYMPIC PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:
PAC-10 ATHLETE: Sarah Isakovic
PAC-10 INSTITUTION: California
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE: Incoming Freshman
OLYMPIC EVENT(S): Slovenia Women's Swimming
Isakovic won a silver medal in the 200 free, finishing in 1:54.97, just 0.15 seconds behind winner Federica Pellegrini of Italy, who set a world record with a time of 1:54.82. Isakovic's time was also under the previous world mark of 1:55.52.
Isakovic, who had the fastest qualifying time heading into the final, was in fourth place mid way through the race before rallying to second with 50 meters to go, passing China's Jiaying Pang and the USA's Katie Hoff in the process.
As an international force in both freestyle and butterfly events, Isakovic, an incoming Cal freshman, has top world rankings in the 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly, and the 400 free. She competed in the 200 free at the 2004 Olympics and the 200 fly at the 2007 World Championships.
(Courtesy of www.calbears.cstv.com)
PAC-10 ATHLETE: Mark Warkentin
PAC-10 INSTITUTION: USC
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE: Former ('03)
OLYMPIC EVENT(S): United States Men's Swimming Marathon 10km
Warkentin is the first American to qualify for the Olympics in men's open water swimming, a new event that is the swimming version of the marathon for the Games. The Beijing race will be held on August 21 in a 680,000 sq m. lake built for the occasion. Swimmers will have to make four trips around a 2.5k course, which is freshwater and mostly devoid of waves: it's often contested in ocean waters. Warkentin, who took gold in the 2007 Open Water World Championship trials, automatically qualified for the Olympics in May when he finished seventh in the 10k at the FINA World Championships in Seville.
Warkentin was a four-time All-American at USC and a 1999 Willis Award recipient, given to a freshman on the men's swimming team at USC.
(Courtesy of www.time.com)
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