Pac-12 picks up first Olympic medal on Day 1
After the first full day of action in London, Pac-12 athletes have already picked up an Olympic medal. The Conference's first medal of the Games came on the U.S.'s third-place finish in the women's 4x100 meter freestyle relay.
Former Cal standouts Jessica Hardy and Natalie Coughlin helped the U.S. claim the bronze. Hardy swam the second leg of the medal race, en route to the team tying an American record of 3:34.24. Coughlin did not swim in the finals, but ran the fastest leg in the qualifying heat earlier in the day to put the Americans in the finals. She picked up her 12th-career Olympic medal, tying for the most decorated female Olympian in U.S. History.
The second day of action of the Olympics features a full range of events featuring Pac-12 competitors consisting of the following:
• Alison Williamson (ASU) begins team competition in the elimination round vs. Russia.
• Eight men's basketball players with Pac-12 ties, representing six countries take to the hard court on Sunday. All six games of tomorrow's men's basketball action feature a former Pac-12 athlete.
• Ike Diogu and the Nigerian team tip off the tournament against Tunisia for the first round of Group A action.
• In Group B, Aron Baynes (WSU) and his Aussie teammates battle Brazil.
• Also in Group A, the U.S., with NBA All-Stars James Harden (ASU), Andre Iguodala (ASU), Kevin Love (UCLA) and Russell Westbrook (UCLA), take on France in its Olympic opening game.
• Host nation Great Britain and Eric Boateng (ASU) play Russia for its opening game in Group B.
• And in the final game of the day in Group A, Robertas Javtokas (ARIZ) and Lithuania play Argentina.
• Making their Olympic debut, teammates April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, both former Trojans, play in the final match of the day against Argentina's Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta.
• Representing Thailand, Nina Ligon (STAN), with her horse Butts Leon, begins her Olympic medal bid in Individual Eventing in the first group.
• First game of the day, New Zealand and Ryan Nelsen (STAN) take on Egypt in Group C. Nelsen, the team captain and starter on defense, will try to lead the Kiwis to their first win of the Olympics.
• Stanford's Kristina Vaculik will be wearing the Canadian uniform tomorrow as the team begins its competition in the qualification round at the North Greenwich Arena.
• The repechages round in the men's double sculls, men's lightweight four, men's single sculls and women's single sculls take place on Sunday at the Eton Dorney. Following those races are the heats for the women's lightweight double sculls, men's lightweight double sculls, men's lightweight double sculls and women's eight. With 29 from the Pac-12 participating, mostly representing USA and Canada, as well as one from New Zealand, many of the races could feature a league representative.
• Eight different swimming events take place on Sunday, including four finals to determine gold, silver and bronze at the Aquatics Centre. Already slated for the finals race in the women's 100 meter butterfly is former Golden Bear Dana Vollmer, who swam an American-record 56.36 in the semifinals to advance to tomorrow.
• In men's doubles action at Wimbledon, Jean-Julien (UCLA) of the Netherlands, with teammates Robin Haase, take on India's Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan in the first round of the tournament.
• Donald Suxho (USC) and Team USA begins its Olympic action against Serbia. On the sidelines, will also be current UCLA women's head coach Mike Sealy. Coming off an NCAA Championship season, he is assisting the U.S. men's squad as a scout coach.
Men's Water Polo
• Eleven athlete from the Pac-12 get their first Olympic action in the pool in the water polo competition. The league has representation on the U.S., Australian and Serbian squads.
The Aussies take on Italy in Group A, with the help of Joel Dennerley and James Clarke (USC).
• California's Aleska Seidemann and Serbia take on world powerhouse Hungary in Group B.
• With eight from the Pac-12 on the USA team, the Americans take on Montenegro in Group B in the final game of the day. In addition, roaming the deck will be head coach Adam Krikorian (UCLA) and assistant coach Robert Lynn (USC).
Olympic action will be televised on the NBC family of networks and will also be live streamed at nbcolympics.com. For more information on TV listings and times, visit nbcolympics.com. For official results, schedules and medal counts, visit london2012.com.
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