Pac-12 athletes have another impressive day
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-12 athletes had another impressive outing on Day 12 of the London Olympics, claiming a pair of golds and a silver. In the All-American women's beach volleyball final, the Conference was guaranteed a medal as three of the four competitors were former Pac-12 athletes.
The USA's Kerri Walsh (STAN) and partner Misty May-Treanor claimed a third-straight Olympic gold medal, defeating former Trojans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, 21-16, 21-16. The loss, however, gives Ross and Kessy a silver medal in their Olympic debut.
Allyson Felix (USC) ran a 21.88 to win gold in the the 200-meter final, highlighting a successful day for the Americans at Olympic Stadium. The U.S. claimed gold in three of four medal events at the track, and claimed seven overall. It was Felix's first gold medal in the event after winning two silvers at previous Games.
After more than a week of competition, the women's soccer and women's water polo tournaments wrap up with the medal games slated for Thursday. The Pac-12 dominates the rosters in both sports, especially in water polo. All but one of the eight water polo teams that qualified for the Olympics boasts a player with Pac-12 ties, and the Conference is guaranteed to add three medals to its count. Most notably, 12 of the 13 players on the U.S. roster are formerly from Pac-12 institutions and the head coach is a former Bruin.
On the soccer pitch, half the players on the U.S. 18-woman roster are former Pac-12 standouts. The Americans go for gold on Thursday, while Canada, boasting a former Bruin, plays for the bronze medal.
After 12 days of Olympic competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at 30 - 12 gold, nine silver and nine bronze. If the Conference were a nation, it would rank seventh behind Japan (31) in total medals. The U.S. leads all nations in the medal count with 81, followed by the China with 77. The Conference's 12 gold medals would tie for fourth among all nations with Korea.
Pac-12 Guide to Day 13 of the Olympics (Thursday, August 9, 2012)
Track & Field (Athletics, M/W)
• USA's Ashton Eaton (ORE) got off to a strong start on the first day of the decathlon competition. He set an Olympic best in the first event of the day, running a 10.35 in the 100-meter race, besting a 44-year-old record. Eaton sits atop the standings with 4,661 points, finishing first in three events on Wednesday. He wraps up his competition on Thursday with the final five events.
• Making his first Olympic appearance, USA's Duane Solomon (USC) is one of two Americans running in the 800-meter final.
• Looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking overtime loss in the semifinals, Canada and Chelsea Stewart (UCLA) take on France in the bronze-medal match.
• The United States, with nine Pac-12 individuals, will be looking for redemption in the gold medal match against Japan after losing to them in the World Cup last year. Alex Morgan (CAL) and Sydney Leroux (UCLA) combine for four of the U.S.'s total goals in the Olympics. Morgan was also the hero in the semifinal win, knocking in the header that put the Americans in the gold-medal game.
• USC's Haley Anderson will be swimming in the open water race for the U.S. at Hyde Park. Swimmers make their way through 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of an urban oasis located in the middle of London for nearly two hours.
• Five Pac-12 volleyball players and a couple of assistant coaches lead Team USA against Korea in the semifinals. The Americans are looking to continue its win streak and play for a spot in the gold-medal match. Four Pac-12 schools are represented on the USA roster.
Women's Water Polo
• The U.S. takes on Spain in the finals of the women's water polo competition. The two teams finished tied atop Group A after playing to a draw in the preliminaries. The U.S., with 12 Pac-12 players on the roster, topped Group B winner Australia in the semifinals, while Anna Espar (USC) and Spain upended Hungary in their semifinal match. USA's Maggie Steffens (STAN) is the tournament's leading scorer with 16 goals in five games.
• Rowie Webster (ASU) and her Australian teammates face Rita Kesthelyi (ASU), Flora Bolonyai (USC) and Hungary in the bronze medal match. Australia fell to the U.S. in overtime in the quarterfinals, and Hungary dropped a close match against Spain.
• Sofia Konoukh (USC) leads Russia against Gao Ao (ASU) and China in the first of two classification matches tomorrow. The teams are playing for fifth place after winning their respective classification matches on Tuesday. The classification matches determine the placings from fifth to eighth.
• The second classification match, which will decide the seventh and eighth placings, pits Aniko Pelle's Italian squad against host-nation Great Britain.
• Great Britain, who is looking for its first win of the tournament, fell 10-5 to Italy in group play.
• USA's Kelsey Campbell (ASU) begins her gold-medal quest in the women's 55kg freestyle wrestling competition. She will need to get through several rounds to make it into the gold-medal final at the end of the day.
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.
Today's Tweets from London
Alex Morgan (CAL), USA Soccer // @alexmorgan13
"Getting some extra sleep tonight, we got a big day tomorrow!!"
Alyssa Anderson (ARIZ), USA Swimming // @alyssaloo930
"Can't wait to watch my sis @halswims dominate in the women's 10k tomorrow:) #USA #teamanderson"
Jessica Hardy (CAL), USA Swimming // @swimhardy
"Super excited for my teammate @halswims to race the 10K in London tomorrow! I am cheering LOUD from Switzerland!"
Ariana Kukors (WASH), USA Swimming // @ArianaKukors
"Excited for the USA vs USA beach volleyball game today! #epic #London2012 #TeamUSA"
Mariya Koroleva (STAN), USA Synchronized Swimming // @mkoroleva
"Can't believe I was just on BBC World News live! So freaking cool. #blessed"
Nathan Adrian (CAL), USA Swimming // @nathangadrian
"The lamb schwarma has taken over as my favorite food on the go! London your food rocks #london2012 #sodelicious"
Dana Vollmer (CAL), USA Swimming // @danavollmer
"Saw that there was a hospital near our flat, decided to make a surprise visit. Met the CEO who showed me around! #fb"
Meb Keflezighi (UCLA), USA Track & Field // @runmeb
"Guess who I am seating next to on the way to London, the great soccer legend Mia Hamm. Sweet?
Dawn Harper (UCLA), USA Track & FIeld // @DHarp100mH
"Omg! It's over! I got Silver but I can't even be mad. Great race and God is truly Good! Bringing home hardware for USA!"
Natalie Coughlin (CAL), USA Swimming // @NatalieCoughlin
"Fun event last night with @MichaelPhelps @LeClos_Swim and Alexander Popov at the Omega House. Such a beautiful space!"
Nick Thoman (ARIZ), USA Swimming // @Nick_Thoman
"Late nights and later mornings here in London! Having fun exploring the city in the afternoons though!!!"