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Tokyo 2020: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Olympic Games (July 23)

Jul 23, 2021
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At Friday’s opening ceremony in Tokyo, three Pac-12 Olympians carried the flags for their respective countries – Arizona swimmer Felicity Passon for the Seychelles and two former USC swimmers, Yakov Toumarkin for Israel and Robert Glinta for Romania.

The Seychelles, Israel and Romania are just three of the 54 National Olympic Committees in 30 sports that include Pac-12 athletes in Tokyo. Within the U.S. delegation, 20% of the 613 athletes come from various schools across the Pac-12 Conference. 

“Alone during this pandemic, during the postponement, during a lot of our individual and team hardships and struggles, a lot of us wouldn’t have made it,” STANFORD alumna and Team USA women’s water polo captain Maggie Steffens said “But together, anything truly was possible.”

On the softball field, five of the six teams competing in the Games feature Pac-12 athletes. Team USA, which began play earlier this week with wins over Italy and Canada, boasts eight Pac-12 athletes from five schools (ARIZONA, UCLA, OREGON, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON). Team Mexico, comprised of six Pac-12 athletes from three schools (UTAH, ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE) went 0-2 earlier this week falling short to Canada and Japan.

Tokyo Talk: As the games begin, the Pac-12 will have to win at least 55 medals in order to match the success the Conference achieved five years ago in Rio.

Looking Ahead: The ultimate battle between Pac-12 rivals and teammates will happen on Saturday at Yokohama Stadium as Team USA softball faces Team Mexico.

Kerston Corns is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the Pac-12 Conference and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Rowing was the featured sport on Friday prior to the Opening Ceremony with heats in the single, double and quadruple sculls. In the single sculls, CALIFORNIA's Kara Kohler (USA) and Gennaro di Mauro (Italy) advanced to the quarterfinals. Kohler won her heat and di Mauro finished second in his. STANFORD's Veronica Toro Arana (Puerto Rico) took third in her heat and also advanced. 

In the double sculls, WASHINGTON's Chiara Ondoli and Italy took third to move on to an A/B semifinal on Sunday. 

In the quadruple sculls, CALIFORNIA's Jack Cleary earned a trip directly to Monday's A-final with his Australian teammates after a second-place finish in their heat. On the women's side, WASHINGTON's Valentina Iseppi (Italy), UCLA's Marie Jacquet (France) and STANFORD's Alie Rusher (USA) and their crews will have to race in a repechage to remain in medal contention after finishing outside of the top two in their heats. 


Friday, July 23

Fencing: Women's Épée Round of 64 - 5 p.m. PT

  • Hong Kong: Vivian Kong (STAN)
    • Medal rounds begin at 3:50 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 24

Rowing: Women's Pair Heats - 5:20 p.m. PT

  • USA: Megan Kalmoe (WASH)

Gymnastics: Men's Qualification - 6 p.m. PT

  • Czech Republic: David Jessen (STAN)

Softball: Australia vs. Canada - 6 p.m. PT

  • Australia: Gabbie Plain (WASH), Tarni Stepto (OSU)
  • Canada: Victoria Hayward (WASH), Danielle Lawrie (WASH), Jenn Salling (WASH)

Rowing: Men's Pair Heats - 5:50 p.m. PT

  • Canada: Conlin McCabe (WASH)
  • Denmark: Joachim Sutton (CAL)
  • Netherlands: Niki van Sprang (CAL)
  • Serbia: Martin Mackovic (CAL)

Rowing: Women's Four Heats - 7:20 p.m. PT

  • Australia: Rosemary Popa (CAL)
  • Canada: Stephanie Grauer (STAN), Nicole Hare (WSU)
  • Denmark: Ida Gørtz Jacobsen (USC)
  • Great Britain: Rowan McKellar (CAL)
  • USA: Kendall Chase (CAL), Grace Luczak (STAN)

Rowing: Men's Four Heats - 7:40 p.m. PT

  • Canada: Will Crothers (WASH)

Women's Water Polo: United States vs. Japan - 10 p.m. PT

  • USA: Rachel Fattal (UCLA), Makenzie Fischer (STAN), Aria Fischer (STAN), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC), Stephania Haralabidis (USC), Paige Hauschild (USC), Amanda Longan (USC), Maddie Musselman (UCLA), Melissa Seidemann (STAN), Maggie Steffens (STAN), Alys Williams (UCLA)

Rowing: Men's Eight Heats - 10 p.m. PT

  • Australia: Angus Dawson (CAL), Stuart Sim (WASH)
  • Great Britain: Jacob Dawson (WASH)
  • Netherlands: Maarten Hurkmans (CAL), Bram Schwarz (WASH), Simon van Dorp (WASH)
  • USA: Ben Davison (WASH), Austin Hack (STAN)

Softball: United States vs. Mexico - 10:30 p.m. PT

  • USA: Ali Aguilar (WASH), Valerie Arioto (CAL), Ally Carda, (UCLA), Rachel Garcia (UCLA), Dejah Mulipola (ARIZ), Bubba Nickles (UCLA), Janie Reed (OREGON), Delaney Spaulding (UCLA)
  • Mexico: Dallas Escobedo (ASU), Chelsea Gonzales (ASU), Taylor McQuillin (ARIZ), Danielle O'Toole (ARIZ), Sashel Palacios (ASU), Anissa Urtez (UTAH)

Rowing: Women's Eight Heats - 10:30 p.m. PT

  • Canada: Sydney Payne (CAL), Lisa Roman (WSU)
  • Great Britain: Chloe Brew (USC), Fiona Gammond (WASH)
  • New Zealand: Kirstyn Goodger (WASH), Phoebe Spoors (WASH)
  • USA: Katelin Guregian (WASH), Brooke Mooney (WASH), Jessica Thoennes (WASH)

Women's Water Polo: Canada vs. Australia - 11:30 p.m. PT

  • Canada: Kelly McKee (CAL), Hayley McKelvey (USC), Kindred Paul (CAL), Gurpreet Sohi (STAN), Emma Wright (CAL)
  • Australia: Hannah Buckling (USC), Bronte Halligan (UCLA), Tilly Kearns (USC), Lena Mihailovic (ASU), Rowie Webster (ASU)

Saturday, July 24

Women's Soccer: Canada vs. Chile - 12:30 a.m. PT

  • Canada: Jessie Flemming (UCLA)

Equestrian: Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual Qualifier Day 1 - 1 a.m. PT

  • USA: Adrienne Lyle (WSU)

Women's Soccer: Australia vs. Sweden - 1:30 a.m. PT

  • Australia: Teagan Micah (UCLA)

3x3 Basketball: United States vs. France - 1:55 a.m. PT

  • USA: Kelsey Plum (WASH)

Women's Water Polo: Spain vs. South Africa - 2:20 a.m. PT

  • Spain: Anni Espar (USC), Roser Tarrago (CAL)

Swimming: Men's 400 IM Heats - 3:02 a.m. PT

  • France: Leon Marchand (ASU)
  • Puerto Rico: Jarod Arroyo (ASU)

Swimming: Women's 100 Fly Heats - 3:28 a.m. PT

  • Egypt: Farida Osman (CAL)
  • Sweden: Louise Hansson (USC)
  • USA: Torri Huske (STAN)

Gymnastics: Men's Qualification - 3:30 a.m. PT

  • USA: Brody Malone (STAN)

Softball: Italy vs. Japan - 4 a.m. PT

  • Italy: Giulia Koutsoyanopulos (ARIZ)

Women's Soccer: United States vs. New Zealand - 4:30 a.m. PT

  • USA: Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA), Tierna Davidson (STAN), Sam Mewis (UCLA), Alex Morgan (CAL), Kelley O'Hara (STAN), Christen Press (STAN)
  • New Zealand: Daisy Cleverley (CAL), Betsy Hassett (CAL), Ali Riley (STAN)

Swimming: Women's 400 IM Heats - 4:30 a.m. PT

  • Hungary: Katinka Hosszu (USC)
  • USA: Hali Flickinger (ASU)

3x3 Basketball: United States vs. Mongolia - 5 a.m. PT

  • USA: Kelsey Plum (WASH)

Swimming: Women's 4x100 Free Relay Heats - 5:15 a.m. PT

  • Czech Republic: Anika Apostalon (USC)
  • Hong Kong: Camille Cheng (CAL)
  • Poland: Katarzyna Wilk-Wasick (USC)
  • Sweden: Louise Hansson (USC)
  • USA: Allison Schmitt (ASU)

Men's Volleyball: United States vs. France - 5:45 a.m. PT

  • USA: Micah Christenson (USC), Garrett Muagututia (UCLA), Kawika Shoji (STAN), Erik Shoji (STAN), Mitch Stahl (UCLA)