For the 5th time in 6 days, Calympians were able to add to their Olympic medal count on Day 6. Cal senior Ryan Murphy won his 2nd Gold and swept the two Backstroke event. He will get the chance to win his 3rd Gold when he swim the Backstroke leg of the 4x100 Medley Relay on Saturday - an event where the US men have won the Gold everytime in Olympic history.
We are down to the next to last day of Olympic swimming - and the last day with a morning session. Sadly, the Cal (or just Pac-12 overall) prime time infomercial on NBC is about to come to an end. How many more medals can the Calympians bring home?
All times listed below are in PDT.
Calympic Medals at Stake on Day 7:
Tom Shields (USA) in 100 Fly Final - 6:12 PM
The Cal alum had the 6th fastest time in the semifinals and is seeking his first Olympic medal.
Can the two Cal alum both find their ways on to the podium in the shortest and the craziest swimming event?
Other Calympians to watch:
It was not a good day for Golden Bears in win or go home scenarios.
Alex Morgan and USA Women’s Soccer vs. Sweden
In a shocker, USA is eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Sweden defeated USA 1-1 (4-3 in PK) to advance. Alex Morgan scored the equalizer late in regulation for USA but missed her PK (her on goal attempt was saved by the keeper). It was 3-3 in PK, before Stanford alum Christen Press missed high, allowing Sweden to convert the game winning PK against Washington alum Hope Solo.
Heartbroken for the team+staff, for our fans, for my family. Today's loss will make winning that much sweeter. Learn, grow, and never forget— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 12, 2016
SI.com: These days you’re more of a lone centerforward than one of two like you have been more in the past. How exactly is your job different as a lone centerforward?
Morgan: I think it’s pretty different, actually, and it took a little while for me to adjust to playing lone forward. I feel like you have to be unpredictable in your runs, but I feel like when there’s a back line that’s only worrying about you, then your runs tend to be predictable. So I feel like you have to connect not only with the other forward if you’re in a two-front, but being a lone forward you have to connect with the wingers, you have to connect with the attacking mids. Because when you’re checking to the ball you have to expect that someone else is trying to get in behind. And when you’re getting behind you have to expect that someone is checking to the ball off of the back line in order to have that push and pull with the defense.
So I feel like it’s a little bit different you have to be more in tune with the rest of the team. Whereas with the two-front it’s kind of just opposite movement: When one player checks, the other player gets in behind, and vice-versa. Sometimes you criss-cross. But I feel like it’s just a little bit different of a game and sometimes a little more frustrating, because you don’t get the ball as frequently.
Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk (Poland) in Men’s Single Sculls Semifinals - Did not finish in the top 3, out of medal contention, on to B-Final
Lily Zhang and Team USA in Women’s Team Table Tennis vs. Germany
4x100 Medley Relay Prelims:
Stephanie Au, Yvette Kong, Camille Cheng (Hong Kong) in 4x100 Medley relay prelim - In a historic swim, Team Hong Kong placed 8th in the first heat, still better than the two countries that DQ’ed in the 2nd heat.
Kong had scratched her 200 Breast prelim on Wednesday but apparently is good to go for this historical relay for Team Hong Kong.
Noemie Thomas (Canada) and team Canada are through to the final. Thomas will probably not be in the Canadian lineup for the finals.
Given their medals, Dana Vollmer (Fly) and Kathleen Baker (Back) will be in the final. Given Simon Manuel’s Gold, Abbey Weitzeil got bumped to today’s prelim. She will receive a medal, pending the outcome of the finals.
On the men’s side, Ryan Murphy (Back) and Nathan Adrian (Free) are locks for the final. Tom Shields (Fly) got the call for the prelim this morning (there is no way that Michael Phelps won’t be in the final) - it means that Shields is in line for a medal, pending the final result.
In short, half of the 4x100 Medley Relay for the favorites, Team U.S.A. will be Golden Bears. As many (and very probably) 6 Golden Bears will earn medal from the men’s and women’s 4x100 Medley Relay from representing Team U.S.A.
Weitzeil qualified for the semifinal tonight. Osman just misses out by placing 18th.
Team Group Play:
Carli Lloyd and USA Women’s Volleyball vs Italy - USA defeated Italy in 4 sets.
The top seed and undefeated USA is now 4-0 in group play.
Goals by Mann and Cupido was not enough as USA lost 8-5 to Montenegro. USA is now 1-3 in Rio.
USA were coming off their first win of Rio 2016 - a 6-3 win where both Mann and Cupido scored a goal.
Golf 2nd Round:
Byeong-Hun (Ben) An (South Korea).
After shooting -3 in Round 1 on Thursday, An shot +1 in Round 2. At -2, An is about 6 (8) shots off the medal podium (Gold) with two more rounds to go.
An was a part of the first group on Thursday and got to make some history.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 6)
6 Golds, 4 Silvers, 2 Bronze
4 Golds, 3 Silvers, 2 Bronze
*Runge is not one of the 50 Calympians on the Cal Athletics list, so our Calympian medal count may differ from their