2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to Rio Olympics
The Pac-12 claimed its first three medals on Saturday and looks to add to that on Sunday. With 243 total athletes with ties to Pac-12 institutions competing in Rio, the Conference will not be short on opportunities to do so. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
Pac-12 Daily Guide to Rio Olympics (Aug. 6):
Led by former Sun Devil Ike Diogu, Nigeria looks to improve on their 1-4 record in 2012 in London in the team's first-ever Olympic appearance. Fellow Pac-12 alum Chamberlain Oguchi of Oregon will look to assist Diogu and the team get past the preliminary round. Nigeria plays Argentina in the final game of the day.
Also in action is former Stanford Cardinal Sebnem Kimyacioglu who will be playing for Turkey. Kimyacioglu takes on Australia in Pool A action.
Beach Volleyball (M/W)
U.S. beach volleyball player Lauren Fendrick (UCLA/USC) is set to make her Olympic debut at the Rio Olympic Games. She and her partner Brooke Sweat take on a duo from Poland in the preliminary round.
The No. 1-ranked fencer in the world, USA’s Alexander Massialas (Stanford) is in the round of 32 in the men’s foil competition and looking to advance to the medal round on Sunday night. Son of a three-time fencing Olympian, Massialas is looking to make history and win the first gold in the event for the U.S.
Former Golden Bear and Team USA Greg Guregian gets another shot to make it through to the finals competing in the repechage of the men's pair.
Also, heats in the women’s pair, lightweight double sculls and men’s four are scheduled for later in the day, including former Cardinal Grace Luczak who makes her Olympic debut in the pair competition and the lone Oregon State representative in Rio Devery Karz will also compete in the lightweight double sculls.
With the sport making a resurgence in the Olympics after a 92-year absence, two Pac-12 graduates will help Team USA in the women’s competition. Victoria Folayan (Stanford) and Kelly Griffin (UCLA) look to help the Americans in the opening round against Australia, then try to advance to the quarterfinals which is later on Sunday night.
The swimming action continues on Sunday and four medals are up for grabs again, including the women’s 100-meter butterfly where USA’s Dana Vollmer (California) will look to defend her Olympic gold 15 months after having a baby. USA teammate Kevin Cordes (Arizona) will also be going for a medal in what has become a tough race in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke. USA’s Katie Ledecky (Stanford) will get back in the pool but will be going for an individual medal in the 400-meter freestyle, as well Serbia's Katarina Simonovic (Arizona State).
Pac-12 Olympians Robert Farah (USC) and Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) finally get their Olympic Games started on Sunday in the doubles competition. Farah, competing for Colombia, and his doubles partner Juan-Sebastian Cabal take on a duo from France in the first round.
The Netherlands’ Rojer and his partner Robin Haase take on a team from Spain, which includes Rafael Nadal, a 2008 gold medalist in the singles event.
Of the 12 men on the USA roster, four have Pac-12 connections, including brothers Erik and Kawika Shoji, both former Cardinal and one of six sets of siblings competing for Team USA. The squad, under the direction of former Bruin John Speraw, the Americans open Pool A competition versus Canada.