Aug. 15, 2008
UA Olympic Notes for Friday, Aug. 15
** It seems that only the rain can slow down the U.S. softball team. A day after rain suspended the team's game with Canada, the Americans were forced to play two on Thursday or at least finish two) and, true to form, won them both. Team USA cruised to a 7-0 win over Japan in the first game of the day. Caitlin Lowe went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while fellow Wildcat Lovieanne Jung also went 1-for-3 at the dish. The U.S. rallied in the nightcap, erasing a 1-0 deficit after five innings to score eight times in the final two frames and win 8-1 over the Canadians. Jung and Lowe each collected a hit in the contest. The U.S. remains undefeated in softball play to date.
** Outside hitter Kim Glass just keeps getting better with each passing match at the Olympic Games. The Lancaster, Pa., product notched a team-high 15 kills and scored 20 points in the United States' 3-2 win over China. Game scores were 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20 and 15-11. The U.S. women are 3-1 in Pool A and clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.
** Bernard Lagat easily qualified for the semifinals of the men's 1,500-meter run by finishing fourth in heat two with a time of 3:41.92 seconds. Lagat, who is trained in Tucson by UA coach james Li, is the reigning world champion in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs.
** The U.S. baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision in 11 innings to Cuba. UA's Jason Donald was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. The Americans fell to 1-2 in the competition and each of those defeats has been decided in the game's final at-bat.
** As the swimming competition winds down at the Water Cube, plenty of Wildcats are still in action, led today by Roland Schoeman, who qualified for the finals of the men's 50-meter freestyle final by finishing third in semifinal two with a time of 21.74. The South African is seeded fifth in the final.
** Venezuelan Albert Subirats and South African Lyndon Ferns both advanced to the semifinals of the men's 100-meter butterfly. Subirats finished sixth in semifinal one with a time of 51.82 seconds, while Ferns finished seventh in the second semi with a time of 52.18 seconds.
** A total of eight swimmers with Tucson ties (seven Wildcats and one Tucson trainee) represented nations in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay. Simon Burnett helped Great Britain to a third-place finish in heat one with a time of 3:33.83. Burnett anchored the squad and posted a split time of 47.77 seconds. Jonas Persson anchored Sweden to a fourth-place finish in the same heat with a time of 3:35.83. Nicolas Nilo and his Brazilian teammates finished sixth in heat one at 3:38.66.
** Heat two of the men's 4x100-meter medley relay featured the United States, South African and Canadian teams. Matt Grevers, who trains in Tucson with UA head coach Frank Busch, swam the lead-off leg for the Americans, who won the heat with a time of 3:32.75. Grevers' time of 53.59 seconds was the fastest split of any lead-off swimmer in the heat. South Africa finished fourth in the heat with a time of 3:34.16 with former Cats Gerhard Zandberg, Ferns and Darian Townsend. The UA's Jake Tapp led off for Canada and helped the squad to a seventh-place finish in heat two at 3:35.56. Sunday's 4x100-meter medley relay will be the final swimming event at the Water Cube.
Olympic Schedule for Saturday, Aug. 16
Women's 200m Backstroke Final
Men's 100m Butterfly Final
Women's 800m Freestyle Final
Men's 50m Freestyle Final
Women's 50m Freestyle Semifinal
Lithuania v. Croatia
USA v. Chinese Taipei
USA v. Canada
Women's Shot Put
Qualifying round & Finals
For specific events and times, please check the official 2008 Beijing Olympic schedule at http://en.beijing2008.cn.
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UA Medal Count Gold Silver Bronze Total 0 1 0 1
Lacey Nymeyer, USA; women's 4x100-meter relay team (silver)