Do you dare click past the jump, dear reader? A thrilling (or not thrilling, NO SPOILERS!) adventure ride (or not adventure ride) through the Calympian action for today, July 31, awaits after. Your decisions are your own! But if you decide to not spoil yourself and watch the prime time action, we'll have a thread up in a few hours where you can discuss all the action as Bob Costas gently spoon feeds it to you.
Al the info.....after the jump. PLUS VIDEO! GO BEARS!
Avi provided all of the rowing info, which I will now plagarize. This includes information on the repechages today. The initial heats for the races were on Saturday. Some boats advanced directly to the finals, while other had to race again today to see who would get to the finals. Here is the information on the Calympians:
Women's Quadruple Sculls
On Saturday, Kara Kohler (Cal), Megan Kalmoe (Washington), Adrienne Martelli (Washington) and the United States boat finished second in their heat to fall into the repechage, but they managed to put together a second place finish today to get to the final on Wednesday.
In the heats, the United States boat finished with the second best time behind Germany after winning their heat. The USA boat has several rowers from the Pac-12, including coxswain Zach Vlahos (Cal), David Banks (Stanford), Jake Cornelius (Stanford), Giuseppe Lanzone (Washington), Brett Newlin (Washington). They are definite medal contenders.
Will Crothers (Washington) and Conlin McCabe (Washington) competed for Canada in the repechage after finishing last in their heat, but managed a nice 5:27.41 to advance to Final A. Olivier Siegelaar (Cal) rowed for the Netherlands boat that finished third in their heat. The Dutch finished third in their repechage to also advance to the final, which will take place this Wednesday.
Men's Quadruple Sculls
The United States team featuring Elliot Hovey (Cal) and Alex Osborne (Stanford) finished 4th in their heat with a 5:50.25 time, ending up in the repechage. Their boat was eliminated in their repechage heat on Monday with a time of 5:45.62, finishing last place behind New Zealand, Italy and Switzerland.
Scott Frandsen (Cal) with David Calder (Washington) won their heat for Canada on Saturday with a time of 6:23.80 to qualify for the semifinal on Wednesday. They are favorites to medal.
Only the heats got underway today. Will Dean (Cal) and Anthony Jacob (Washington) of Canada takes part in the action. They finished only third in their heat but still managed to advance to the semifinals. Scott Gault (Washington) had less trouble with the United States, as their boat won their heat and also advanced to the semis.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO!
So, that is the rowing. Now, let's look at the women's water polo. USA took on Hungary. The USA team has Heather Petri and Elsie Windes. Guess what?
The USA took the lead in the first period and never trailed in the game - but their opponents were no more than two goals behind at any stage.
Hungary have never claimed a Water Polo medal at an Olympic Games since the first competition at Sydney 2000.
The USA are in the hunt for their first gold medal, after winning a silver four years ago, and finishing on the podium in both previous Games.
So, next up, we have the swimming.
Sara Isakovic was in the 200 Freestyle semi. She was in Heat 1 and got 7th place in the heat with a time of 1:58.47. Unfortunately, she did not qualify for the final.
Caitlin Leverenz swam in the 200 IM heat to make it to the final. She was in Heat 4 and won her heat! She qualified for the semi-final!!
In the semi-final, she got 3rd place for her heat (heat 2)! So, she is now in the final, which is slated for tomorrow.
Rachel Bootsma swam in the 100 Backstroke. She was in heat 2 and got 6th place with a time of 1:00.04. She did not qualify for the final.
That is all the action for today! Go Bears!