Tokyo 2020: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Olympic Games (July 29)
The U.S. women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team claimed silver (7:40.73) Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing just behind the gold-medal winning team from China (7:40.33). The Australian team captured bronze with a time of 7:41.29.
A race that looked as if the U.S. would come in third featured three from the Pac-12 in Allison Schmitt (ARIZONA STATE, Katie McLaughlin (CALIFORNIA) and Katie Ledecky (STANFORD). Ledecky was the anchor, posting a 1:53.76 to push past the Australians.
The race gave Ledecky her third medal of these games. She also took silver in the 400m freestyle and gold in the 1,500m freestyle.
Meanwhile, Regan Smith (STANFORD) won a silver medal, finishing second in the 200m butterfly at 2:05.30 behind China’s Yufei Zhang (2:03.86).
» Women’s volleyball defeated Turkey in five sets during pool play. The U.S. team features three-time Olympian Foluke Akinradewo (STANFORD) who had nine points – four kills and five blocks.
» Nico Mannion (ARIZONA) stood out with 21 points and seven assists in Italy’s loss to Australia Wednesday. Italy drops to 1-1 with the loss.
» The Netherlands, led by Maud Megens (USC), beat Spain 14-13 in women’s water polo Wednesday.
» Jade Carey (OREGON STATE), replaced Simone Biles and finished eighth in the women’s artistic all-around with a score of 54.199.
Looking Ahead: The U.S. women’s soccer team will face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, featuring several Pac-12 products, including Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Alex Morgan (CALIFORNIA), Christen Press (STANFORD), Tierna Davidson (STANFORD), Kelley O'Hara (STANFORD), Catarina Macario (STANFORD) and Jane Campbell (STANFORD) on Friday at 4 a.m. PT.
Quote of the Day: “I think, just going in, we wanted to give our best. We all started the race together, not really having expectations of who would be where, but just getting in there and really doing our best and leaning on each other and supporting each other was our goal through the race." - Katie McLaughlin (CALIFORNIA)
Taiwo Adeshigbin 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.