Olympic Update, Day #3: Men's Rowing, Women's Fencing in Action
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 strip.
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 15-13 score.
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 2.
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 Games.