Day 6 saw 13 Golden Bears (plus 1 coach) in action. More rowing and swimming medals were handed out today. Find out how these Calypians did (and link to highlights) and discuss these results after the jump.
Learn more about the Calympians via the CGB Calympian profiles.
We'll again start our day with the rowing events, since this did happen first thing in the morning. Some of the Cal Olympic Rowing tradition is captured in the follow video (if you missed it yesterday):
- Men's 4 Semifinal: Will Dean (Canada) and team placed 5th to advance to the consolation B Final (no medals).
- Women's Lightweight Double Sculls Semifinal: Julie Nichols (USA) and partner, coached by Dave O'Neill, placed 4th to narrowly miss out on the chance to compete for a medal. They will compete in the consolation B final, however.
- Women's Eight Finals: Erin Cafaro (USA) and plenty of Pac-12 affiliated rowers on the US boat finished first. Another Gold medal for California! Cafaro was also a part of the 2008 Beijing Gold medal winning US boat. Watch the full replay of the finals here.
In case you missed the fanshot:
- China took on Australia and fell 61-81. Max Zhang (China) played nearly 9 minutes and contributed 2 points. Watch the full replay here.
Men's Water Polo:
Group play continued with both US and Serbia in action today.
- The geopolitical rivals, Serbia and Montenegro played to a 11-11 draw. Current Bear, Aleksa Saponjic (Serbia) did not score in the match. With the draw Serbia remained first in the group with two more matches to come. Watch replay here.
- US defeated Great Britain 13-7. Cal alum John Mann (USA) contributed a goal. US stay perfect in group play. Watch replay here.
Finally, we come to swimming, from which comes the bulk of the Cal medals so far this year.
Full replay of the prelim action can be found here.
- Women's 100 Free Final: Jessica Hardy (USA), first time Olympian who overcame a doping suspension for the 2008 Olympics due to the ingestion of tainted supplements, won the US Trial in this event and swam her best time in the semifinal, but that was only 8th best. After being in 3rd place at the turn (same spot as Nathan Adrian yesterday), Hardy finished 8th in the race. Potential future Cal Bear, Missy Franklin, also missed the medal stand by placing 5th.
- Men's 50 Free: Anthony Ervin (USA), the former gold medalist in 2000 who recently came back to swimming after almost 10 years off, finished 2nd in his prelim heat to advance to the semifinal. In the semifinal, Ervin had a close 4th best time overall to advance to tomorrow's final.
- Women's 800 Free: Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) finished 2nd in her heat and had the 4th best time to advance to the final tomorrow.
- Men's 100 Fly: Milorad Cavic (Serbia) and Dominik Meichtry (Switzerland), husband of fellow former Cal Bear and Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy (USA), competed in the prelim. Meichtry won his heat but the time wasn't good enough for a spot in the semifinal. Cavic, who really challenged Phelps in Beijing, was able to advance to the semifinal, where he posted the 4th best time for a spot in tomorrow's final.
In summary: we will have 3 more Bears going for medals in swimming tomorrow with Boyle in W 800 Free, Ervin in M 50 Free, and Cavic in M 100 Fly. GO BEARS!
Cal London 2012 Medals Total Update:
With the extra Gold medal in rowing today, Cal now has a total of 9 medals (in 8 events) with 4 Golds, 1 Silver, and 4 Bronze.