2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
The swimming competition is over and it is now time to turn to the track. A Conference representative already claimed a track medal and there are still eight more days to go and nearly 60 Conference track & field reps. Pool play is also coming to a close for basketball, volleyball and water polo, while beach volleyball is into the knock out round. A Bruin also has an opportunity for a medal in the high-profile sport of women’s gymnastics when USA’s Madison Kocian competes in the uneven bars event finals. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 Guide to the Rio Olympics (Aug. 14,2016)
USA’s Iris Wang (UCLA) is in her last pool play match, going head-to-head with China’s Xuerui Li. Wang is 2-0 going into that final match.
Pool play wraps up on Saturday with USA teammates Klay Thompson (Washington State) and DeMar DeRozan (USC) helping their team against France, which includes former Ute Kim Tillie.
The team’s second-leading scorer, former Ute Andrew Bogut looks to lead Australia, with teammates Aron Baynes (Washington State) and Brock Motum (Washington State), against Venezuela and Dwight Lewis (USC).
Canada’s Kim (Smith) Gaucher (Utah) is the team’s leading rebounder through the first four games of the Rio Olympics. The Canadians, with four former Pac-12 players on the roster, are also looking at their final pool play matchup against Spain.
Medal favorites Kerri Walsh Jennings (Stanford) and April Ross (USC) moved on to the quarterfinals of the beach volleyball tournament in dominating fashion, having won eight of nine sets so far. The duo faces the pair from Australia, Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden.
USA and Lucy Davis (Stanford) get their Olympic opportunity, competition in the qualifier of the individual jumping and team jumping events.
South Korea’s Byeong Hun An (California) and Chinese Taipei’s Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington) participate in the fourth and final round of the Rio Olympics. Pan goes into the round tied for 12th and four-under-par overall, while An is tied for 14th at three-under-par overall. The top-three finishers after today claim Olympic medals.
Madison Kocian, who already helped Team USA win team gold earlier this week, goes for an individual medal posting the highest uneven bars score during the qualification round, advancing to the event final.
Synchronized Swimming (W)
Mariya Koroleva is a rare USA synchronized swimmer that has qualified for back-to-back Olympics, participating in the prelims of the duet competition with her partner Anita Alvarez.
Track & Field (M/W)
The day starts off with the women’s marathon where two-thirds of the U.S. team are Sun Devils. Desiree (Davila) Linden makes her second Olympics team, but had to drop out of the London race because of an injury. This time, she is healthy to run the streets of Rio. College and USA teammate Amy (Hastings) Cragg did not make the marathon team in London but competed in the 10k at the last Olympics.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse (USC) made his Olympic debut on Saturday and qualified for the men’s 100-meter final on Sunday running the third-fastest time overall.
Already qualified for the quarterfinals, USA takes on China on the last day of pool play. Silver medalists in London, the Americans are led by legendary men’s volleyball player and former Bruin Karch Kiraly, as well as setters Carli Lloyd (California) and Courtney Thompson (Washington), two of four former Pac-12 players on the roster.
Puerto Rico and Debora Seilhamer (USC) take on Italy in the final game of the round-robin phase of the competition. Both are winless looking for their first victory at the Games.
Water Polo (M)
USA men’s water polo faces group leader Italy in the final game of pool play. The Americans, with 10 familiar Pac-12 faces on the roster, have just one win and needs another to have a chance at advancing to the quarterfinal stage. It will not be an easy task as the Italians, however, are the group leader.