2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to Rio Olympics
The swimming competition is halfway done after four days and the Pac-12 has fared very well since the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Only swimming medals are at stake for Pac-12 athletes on Tuesday, highlighted by Hungary's and former USC’s Katinka Hosszu looking to go for a third gold, while USA’s Katie Ledecky (Stanford) is hoping to add a third medal, second gold. Ten medals have been won by Pac-12 affiliates, only one is not in the sport of swimming. Below is look at the action on Tuesday.
Pac-12 Daily Guide to Rio Olympics (Aug. 9):
Women’s pool play continues and fans will see Leilani Mitchell (Utah) and Australia look for their third win against France. On the men’s side, Nigerian teammates Chamberlain Oguchi (Oregon) and Ike Diogu (ASU) see action versus Lithuania.
Beach Volleyball (W)
USA’s Lauren Fendrick (UCLA/USC) is back in action with her partner Brooke Sweat looking to bounce back from a loss in their opening match of the Olympics. Making their debut, the duo take on a pair from the host country, Brazil.
Madison Kocian (UCLA) will look to help Team USA win its second-straight gold medal. The Americans are the overwhelming favorite to take the top spot in the team competition tomorrow and Kocian is the reigning co-world champion on uneven bars.
The USA men’s eight is back in action with Sam Domer (Washington), Austin Hack (Stanford), Sam Ojserkis (Washington) and Hans Struzyna (Washington) rowing in the repechage to earn their spot in the medal race Saturday.
Quarterfinals of the men’s single sculls, women’s lightweight double sculls as well as repechage of both women’s eight and women’s four highlight day four of rowing.
USA takes on Argentina as the Americans, with Danny Barrett (California) and Zach Test (Oregon), look to get off to a good start in the opening game of the rugby tournament.
Four teams with Pac-12 delegates play on Tuesday, including Canada (vs. Germany), USA (vs. Colombia), New Zealand (vs. France), and Brazil (vs. South Africa). USA, Brazil and Canada are all at the top of their respective pools and New Zealand has just one loss suffered to the Americans. Aline Reis, the current goalkeeper for UCLA women's soccer, is the goalkeeper for the home-countries’ squad and will be playing to the hometown crowd.
USA’s Katie Ledecky (Stanford) already has one gold, but is looking for another. This time at a shorter distance in the 200-meter freestyle. She finished second overall in the heats, but claimed gold at the 400-meter distance in world-record time and is looking like the favorite in the 200m.
Katinka Hosszu for Hungary and former Trojan has already won a pair of golds, taking down a pair of records along the way. She will try to add to her loot in the women’s 200-meter IM, but will have to hold off USA’s Maya DiRado, a former Cardinal. The men’s 4x200-meter relay will also be contested at the end of the night.
Former Cardinal Erik and Kawika Shoji, as well as former Trojans Murphy Troy and Micah Christenson look to lead the USA to its first win after a surprising setback in the opener versus Canada.
Water Polo (W)
Tuesday is a big day for Pac-12 women's water polo in Rio. Three different teams with Pac-12 ties play throughout the day. Hungary looks to Anna Illes (CAL) when they face China; host Brazil takes on Italy; and the USA plays Spain. Three members of the Brazilian team and eleven members of the USA team are current or former Pac-12 student-athletes.