2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to Rio Olympics
Pac-12 athletes claimed four medals on Sunday, including two golds. Only individual swimming medals are up for grabs tomorrow for Pac-12 representatives and the Conference has traditionally performed well in the sport, so adding to the medal count in not out of the question. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Pac-12 Daily Guide to Rio Olympics (Aug. 8):
Pool play continues and on the women’s side, Canada, with the help of three Utes and UCLA’s Nirra Fields, looks for its second win in as many games taking on Serbia.
In men’s pool play, Australia has Utah’s Andrew Bogut and Washington State’s Aton Baynes helping to take on Serbia. The USA takes on Serbia in a game that has three Pac-12 players, including former Trojan Dwight Lewis. Kim Tillie (Utah) and France plays China.
Beach Volleyball (M/W)
Three of the four Pac-12 reps in beach volleyball are back on the sand for Team USA, UTAH’s Jake Gibb taking on a team from Austria with his partner. The duo of Kerri Walsh-Jennings (Stanford) and April Ross (USC) close out the day’s events against China’s squad of Yuan Yue and Fan Wang.
Rowing events from Saturday were rescheduled to Sunday because of high winds. Former Golden Bear and Team USA Greg Guregian get their 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.
Sailing competition begins and Marion Lepert will represent USA and Stanford in the the RS:X event, a windsurfing event taking place at Marina Da Gloria.
Medals will be awarded in four events again, but only in individual events and Pac-12 athletes swim in two events, including the men's and women's 100-meter backstroke. USA's Kathleen Baker (CAL) and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu (USC) will go head-to-head after turning in the top two times in the heats, respectively. USA's Ryan Murphy (CAL) also turned in the fastest heat time in the event.
Table Tennis (W)
Team USA’s Lilly Zhang (UCLA) continues her run in the table tennis tournament and faces Korea’s Hyowon Suh in the third round. If she wins, she continues to the fourth round later in the day.
Poland’s Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) is taking on a doubles team in the second round of the doubles tournament. The second round also sets up a matchup between Pac-12 alums between USA’s Steve Johnson (USC) and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) in doubles action. Johnson is also competing in the singles tournament and won his first-round match.
Team USA, under the direction of former Bruin Karch Kiraly, takes on the Netherlands in the second games of the preliminary round. Former USC standout Debora Seilhamer looks to help Puerto Rico claim its first win after falling to the Americans in the first match of the Games.
Water Polo (M)
Four Pac-12 players scored all five of Team USA’s goals in the opening game of the Olympics, but fell to Croatia, 7-5. Former Cardinal Tony Azevedo tallied two goals and looks to get the Americans into the winning column against Spain.
Joel Dennerly’s (USC) Australia squad is also looking for its first win when it plays Hungary in its next contest. Meanwhile, Greece, with the help of Kostas Genidounias (USC), looks to put together a win streak facing Serbia.