UCLA at the Olympics

Russell Westbrook against Tunisia, yet they didn't beat the spread. What gives?! Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

We are halfway through the first week of competition and it has been intense! I haven't watched this much soccer.. uh since the World Cup. It has also been nonstop swimming, gymnastics, and controversy. (Badminton players throwing matches! Women outswimming men - DRUGS! Phelps!) One thing remains - UCLA is at the Olympics, and the athletes are here to kick ass and take names. Let's see how our Olympians have done since our first check in.

  • In USA men's water polo, they won their first match against Montenegro 8-7. Current UCLA coach Adam Wright played 22 minutes, picking up a steal and an assist. Chay Lapin did not play. In their second match, they beat Romania 10-8. Wright scored two goals. They play again Saturday against Serbia at 11:40am.
  • The USA women's water polo team won their first match 14-13 over Hungary. Led by Adam Kirkorian, Maggie Steffens scored an Olympic record tying seven goals, but it was Courtney Mathewson that scored the final three goals for the US, including the game winner. They then tied Spain in their second match, 9-9. Mathewson had a goal and Kelly Rulon contributed a steal and an assist.
  • In volleyball, the USA women with assistant coach Karch Kiraly beat Brazil 3-1 and then blanked China 3-0 to remain perfect in group play. They play Serbia on Friday at noon. The men's team has beaten both Serbia and Germany 3-0 in group play, with assistant coach (and new UCLA Coach) John Speraw and chief scout Mike Sealy. They play Brazil today at noon.
  • In tennis, Marcin Matkowski and partner Agnieszka Radwanska lost in mixed doubles to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur, 6-3, 6-3.
  • In rowing, UCLA Mechanical Engineer PhD student Julie Nichols and her partner Kristin Hedstrom finished first in the second repechage of the women's lightweight double sculls event on Tuesday. They will row today in a six heat semifinal. Former UCLA club rower Silas Stafford and his partner Thomas Peszek finished fourth in their semifinal heat today. They didn't make the grand final, but will row in the second final on August 3rd.
  • Keep checking the main site for the "London Log-in." You can read them from UCLA Associate Athletic Director Mike Sondheimer, Anna Li, Chay Lapin and John Speraw, and Chay Lapin again.
  • Can't wait to see that first UCLA medal come in! (depending on if you count Jordyn Wieber's medal in the team women's gymnastics final, as she says she will be an undergraduate coach at UCLA.)

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