DAY 1: Hendershot, Loch, Matheson, Prendes, Stone
DAY 2: Lind, Morin, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Wilkinson
DAY 3: Lawrence, Loch, Ochal, Scanlan
Four Tigers were in action on the third full day of competition at
the 2012 Olympic Games in London, with Australia's Sam Loch '06 and the
USA's Glenn Ochal '08 in their respective rowing competitions and
epeeists Susannah Scanlan '14 and Maya Lawrence '02 on the fencing
Lawrence, who had a bye in the Round of 64, rallied to defeat Italy's Mara
Navarria 15-12 in the Round of 32. Lawrence controlled the end of the match to score the victory. She reached the Round of 16 before falling to the Top-10 ranked Rossella Fiamingo by a 15-7 score.
Scanlan rallied from an early deficit in her
first-round match with the Ukraine's Olena Kryvystka, but it would not be
enough to send the rising Princeton junior into the Round of 32. Kryvystka
built a 5-3 lead in the first period, but Scanlan bounced back in the second to
even the score at 8-8.
The third period would be the decisive one, and Kryvystka
took the victory. In a match that lasted 21:44, Scanlan was eliminated by a
Scanlan's Olympic run hasn't ended, though. She and
Lawrence will join up on Team USA in the team epee event on Aug. 4.
Loch and his Australian men's eight needed a
top-four finish in the morning repechage to qualify for the gold medal final
(Aug 1, 5:30 am EDT). The six-boat repechage turned into a terrific five-boat
showdown, and the Australians got the job done.
Great Britain took the race in 5:26.85, while Canada and the
Netherlands were just off that pace. Australia and Poland were the last two in
the mix, but the Aussies, led by longtime Princeton head coach Curtis Jordan,
pulled it out in 5:28.67. That time, more than 1.5 seconds faster than Poland,
will put Australia in lane six of the gold medal final.
The last rower to make his Olympic debut was Ochal, but he made a strong one in the men's fours. He and his U.S.A. teammates
won the third heat in 5:54.88 to advance directly to the semifinal round on
Aug. 2 (5:10 am EDT). A top-three finish in that semifinal would give Princeton
at least six rowers who will compete in their respective gold medal finals.
Five Tigers will be in action Tuesday, including Robin
Prendes '11, who is also looking to reach the gold medal final in rowing. He
and his U.S.A. lightweight men's four goes out in lane one of the first
semifinal (USA, Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Czech
Republic), and the top three teams will advance to the gold medal final on Aug
Gevvie Stone '07 needs a top-three finish in her quarterfinal (6:40 am) to advance to the semifinal round. She will row in the fifth lane of the second heat (El Salvador, Ireland, Sweden, Czech Republic, U.S.A., Cuba).
Diana Matheson '08 will lead Team Canada in a huge showdown
against Sweden at 9:30 am EDT on MSNBC. The final game in pool competition, a
victory would send Canada into the knockout stage, though a loss would leave it
short of both Sweden and Japan.
Both Julia Reinprecht '14 and Katie Reinprecht '13 will lead
the U.S.A. field hockey team in a 2 p.m. EDT showdown with Argentina (MSNBC).
The American squad showed toughness Sunday in nearly rallying against Germany,
but the exciting opener ended as a 2-1 loss.
Now the U.S.A. will take on Argentina in a rematch of the
2011 Pan American Games, where the Americans earned arguably its greatest win
ever with a 4-2 victory; that win qualified the U.S.A. directly to the London