Alex Morgan was in action today as team USA played in the Quarterfinals against New Zealand. 10 other Golden Bears were also in action; that enough Golden Bears for a soccer team (only two soccer players in the bunch, though).
Day 7 saw 11 Golden Bears in action, with several going for medals. Find out how they did (and links to replay and highlights) after the jump.
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The quarterfinal match between USA and New Zealand was a battle of two Bears (and former teammates): Alex Morgan (USA) and current Cal senior Betsy Hassett (New Zealand). In a very physical game, US prevailed with a 2-0 victory (recap and video highlight here). Alex Morgan was held scoreless for the second consecutive game, but contributed her team leading 11th assist of the season on the opening goal of the game. Alex also had a few close misses, as evident from the video highlight, and a scary collision with the New Zealand goalkeeper where Alex kneed the keeper, Jenny Bindon, in the head. Both players were able to stay in the game.
Betsy Hassett played valiantly in a losing effort for the Football Ferns (New Zealand National Team) and was able to get off 2 shots and draw a yellow card (shown in the highlight video). See the full replay of this match here. You can also read the CalBears.com' story of this game here. Morgan and the US will next face a surprising Canada squad (who upset Great Britain today) in the semifinal on August 6th.
Scott Frandsen (Canada) and partner David Calder competed in the Pair A Final today. A 6th place finish means no medals for the duo. Watch the replay here.
Several Aquatic Bears were also going for medals in the pool today.
- Men 100 Fly Final: Milorad Cavic (Serbia) attempted to avenge for his close 0.01 second loss to Michael Phelps in Beijing 2008. Phelps was able to win gold again and Cavic finished just outside the podium at 4th place.
- Women 800 Free Final: Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) also tried to be the first International Golden Bears to medal in London. She was in 4th position for pretty much of the 1st half of the race before fading a bit. A late surge does push Lauren back to 4th place and that's where she finished.
- Men 50 Free Final: Anthony Ervin (USA) hoped to return to the podium after winning a Gold (and Silver) in 2000 and then taking almost 10 years off from competitive swimming. A bad start pretty much doomed Tony's chances although he was able to finish 5th. No medal for Anthony to potentially again auction off for charity (he auctioned off his Gold medal to raise money for the Indonesian tsunami victims).
- Women 50 Free Heat and Semifinals: Jessica Hardy finished 5th in the fastest heat to advance to the semifinal (see replay here). A 7th best overall time in the semifinals (4th in her heat) allow Jess the chance again to go for a medal tomorrow.
- Women's 4x100 Medley relay prelim: Team USA used incoming Cal freshman Rachel Bootsma for the backstroke leg and Jessica Hardy for the freestyle leg of the prelim. US was able to finish 4th (in its heat and overall, see replay here) to advance to the final where a complete different 4-some (including Dana Vollmer for breaststroke) would probably compete.
- US men without any Cal Bears had the best time in the 4x100 Medley relay prelim. Nathan Adrian will swim the freestyle leg in the final tomorrow.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, several Bears are in position to medal depending on whether the USA medley relay team can keep up its historical dominance. Jessica Hardy will also compete for a medal in 50 Free.
Women's Water Polo:
Finally, the US Women's Water Polo with Elsie Windes and Heather Petri were also in action today, against China. Full replay can be found here. The U.S. will play 2012 European champion Italy in Sunday's quarterfinals.
Track and Field:
Track and Field has started in London 2012. Cal was represented by shotputter Amin Nikfar (Iran). A 16th place finish in his group prevented Amin from advancing.
Calympic Medals Count:
No new medals today for the Bears, but Cal still have an impressive total of 9 medals (in 8 events) with 4 Golds, 1 Silver, and 4 Bronze. Note that we would happily add medals retroactively to this date, if Cal does eventually land Missy Franklin. Missy Franklin broke the World Record while winning a Gold in the 200 Back.