A Return to London

The Olympics return to London for the first time since 1948 and for the third time overall, as London also played host to the Summer Games in 1908. In 1948, Ivy athletes combined to win 19 medals, including eight golds, three silvers and eight bronzes. In 1908, 12 medals were earned by Ivy athletes, including six golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

Complete 1908 Recap
Originally scheduled to take place in Rome, the Italian government gave up the right to host the 1908 Games when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 1906. Marching with the United States was John Baxter Taylor (Penn ’08). Taylor would become the first African-American to win a gold medal. His Olympic experience started with what was one of the most controversial events in Olympic history – the 1908 400-meter race.

The 400-meter final included four men: Wyndham Halswelle of Great Britain, and Americans William Robbins, John C. Carpenter (Cornell ’07), and Taylor. In the homestretch, the race came down to Halswelle and Carpenter. Officials contended that Carpenter obstructed Halswelle’s pursuit to take the lead and ripped the finish line tape before the race finished. The race was to be re-run without Carpenter two days later. In a show of solidarity, Taylor and Robbins refused to participate, leaving Halswelle to walk around the track to earn the gold medal.

Taylor would later win his gold medal in the sprint medley relay, the first relay race in Olympic history. The team, which also included Taylor’s Penn teammate and two-time Olympian Nathaniel J. Cartmell, won the race by three seconds, making Taylor the first African-American to win a gold medal. Taylor tragically passed away in December 1908, at the age of 26, from typhoid.

Complete 1948 Recap
After a 12-year absence due to World War II, the Games returned to London in 1948.

Fencer Norman Armitage (Columbia), competing in his fourth of six Olympics, led the U.S. sabre team to a bronze medal. He also won the ‘Friendship Trophy’ as the most outstanding American fencer. Armitage went on to be selected at the only U.S. flag bearer at the 1952 and 1956 Games.

Yachting proved to be a fertile medal ground for the Ivies in 1948. Crimson father and son Paul Smart and Hilary Smart ’47 won the gold medal in the Star class (a 6.9-meterlong shallow keelboat). While at Harvard, Paul Smart was a pole vaulter and a member of the ice hockey and soccer teams. The United States 6-meter boat won gold with three Crimson sailors on the five-man team including Alfred E. Loomis ’50, James H. Smith, Jr. ’48, and James H. Weekes. The Swallow (a boat similar to the Star but with a smaller sailing area), was part of Olympic yachting only for the 1948 Games and Owen C. Torrey, Jr. (Harvard ’47) won the bronze medal with fellow sailor Lockwood Pine.

Yale rower Stu Griffing, who won a bronze medal in the coxless fours at the 1948 Games,  was recently featured in The New York Times:
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Closing Thoughts

After 19 days of history, heartbreak and redemption the Games of the XXX Olympiad came to an end on Sunday with the London Games’ closing ceremonies. As the torch is quite literally passed to Brazil, it is an appropriate time to look back at some of the memorable moments that involved the Ivy League’s 49 athletes as well as several League coaches who took part in the London Games.

History was made for the United States on the fencing strips when the women’s epee team of Maya Lawrence (Princeton ’02), Susannah Scanlan (Princeton ’14), Courtney Hurley and Kelley Hurley downed Russia in sudden death, 31-30, to win the Bronze medal in dramatic fashion – the first ever Olympic women’s epee medals for the U.S. history.

Team USA on the podium (l-r): Courtney Hurley. Maya Lawrence, Susannah Scanlan and Kelley Hurley (TeamUSA.org).

History was also made in the women’s eights final at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre – and not just because eight Ivy League alumnae combined for five Gold and three Silver medals. When the USA boat, including Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10), edged the Canadian boat, including Andreanne Morin (Princeton ’06), Lauren Wilkinson (Princeton ’11) and Ashley Brzozowicz (Yale ’04), to take the Gold, Davies won a medal for the third consecutive Summer Games.

The Gold Medalists from the U.S. Women’s 8 boat (Allison Frederick/US Rowing)

As part of the USA women’s eights boat in 2008, Davies (as well as Francia and Lind) earned a Gold medal and she was also part of the USA women’s eight boat that won Silver at the 2004 Athens Games. Prior to Davies, the last Ivy alum to medal in three consecutive Summer Olympics was Frederick Morgan Taylor (Dartmouth ’25), who captured gold in the 400-meter hurdles sat the 1924 Paris Games and followed with a bronze in 1928 in Amsterdam and a silver at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. Davies became the first female Ivy graduate to medal at three consecutive Summer Games.

But the Olympics are not always about medals and records. They are often about endurance, triumph, years of dedication and, sometimes, heartbreak. For Ivy fans – at least the several gathered in front of a laptop on last Friday afternoon at the League office – the women’s 1,500m final showed that side of the Games, too. Morgan Uceny (Cornell ’07) was positioned to possibly become the first U.S. medalist in the event but she was clipped by another runner in the pack and fell to the track as her Olympic hopes were lost.

But the London Games also provided some redemption stories. For example, when Diana Matheson (Princeton ’08) slotted home a rebound goal for the Canadian women’s soccer team in the 92nd minute of the Bronze medal game, she made history by leading Canada to the country’s first medal at the Summer Games in a traditional team sport since 1936 (men’s basketball won Silver in Berlin). That Bronze medal triumph came just days after a heartbreaking 4-3 semifinal loss to the United States, which came in added time after 120 minutes of thrilling action could not separate the teams. In picture form, the Canadians went from a striking low to an Olympic high:

On the front page of The New York Times, Diana Matheson (#8) is pictured in the foreground following Canada’s 4-3 loss to the U.S.

Diana Matheson scored the Bronze medal-winning goal (Canadian Press).

For the first time ever, the Ivy League had representatives on both a men’s and women’s basketball team in the same Olympic Games. Harvard sophomore Temi Fagbenle was a starter for the host Great Britain squad, and Koko Archibong (Penn ’03) played for Team Nigeria. It also marked the first time that multiple Ivies competed in one Olympics at the same time. Although neither squad made it past group play, both Fagbenle and Archibong played significant minutes for their respective teams and proved that Ivy League basketball is still a force to be reckoned with, just as it was when Bill Bradley (Princeton ’65) led the US team to Gold in 1964.

Fagbenle and Scanlon were not the only current Ivy athletes to compete in the Summer Games. Princeton sent a trio to the US field hockey team in sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht. Columbia sophomore Nzingha Prescod was a member of the US women’s foil team. Two recent Ivy graduates in Columbia’s Nicole Ross (US fencing, women’s foil) and Princeton’s Donn Cabral (US track & field, steeplechase), also competed in London.

Kayla Harrison and Jimmy Pedro celebrate her Gold medal victory (USA Today).

Brown’s Jimmy Pedro ’94, who competed in judo in four Olympics himself, winning Bronze in 1996 and 2004, coached Kayla Harrison to Gold in the half heavyweight division. Harrison became the first American, male or female, to take Gold in judo, punctuating a marvelous comeback from a tough childhood.

As a teenager, Harrison was the victim of sexual abuse by her former coach, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 and banned for life by USA Judo. At age 16, Harrison went to Massachusetts to train at Pedro’s Judo Center, run by Jimmy and his father, and they immediately worked to lift her spirit while at the same time honing her skills on the mat. Harrison’s toughness combined with the Pedro’s help proved to be a Golden combination.

Thanks for following along with us as we tracked the League’s impressive group of athletes and coaches who helped make the London Games memorable.

- Dan & Trevor

P.S. – Further showcasing how the London Games will also be remembered as the first fully engaged social media Olympics, we are aware that McKayla was not impressed by this blog.

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A London Wrap: Individual Results Overview

On Friday, Aug. 10 the last three of the League’s 49 athletes concluded participation at the 2012 London Games. Here is an event-by-event look at the results:

Brown
Craig Kinsley ’11, USA (men’s track and field, javelin)
- Qualification: 23rd (of 44) in 78.18

Nikola Stojic ’97, Serbia, (rowing, men’s coxless pair)
- Heat 1: 4th (of 5) in 6:23.87
- Repechage: 2nd (of 4) in 6:26.61
- Semifinal A/B 2: 6th (of 6) in 7:07.78
- Final B: dns

Columbia
Sherif Farrag ’09, Egypt (fencing, men’s foil)
- Team Foil Round of 16: Great Britain def. Egypt, 45-33 (Farrag L: 5-4, L: 5-3, L 5-2)

Erison Hurtault ’07, Dominica (men’s track and field, 400m)
- Heat 7: 5th (of 6) in 46.05 (season best)

Nick LaCava ’09, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
- Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
- Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
- Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
- B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Nzingha Prescod ’15 USA (fencing, women’s foil)
- Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Aida Mohamed (Hungary) def. Prescod, 15-10
- Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Prescod T: 2-2, L: 5-4, W: 6-4)
- Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Prescod W: 4-0, W: 5-0, W: 6-4)
- Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Prescod L: 5-3, L: 4-2, L: 7-5)

Nicole Ross ’12, USA (fencing, women’s foil)
- Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Ines Boubakri (Tunisia) def. Ross, 15-8
- Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Ross L: 5-3, W: 4-3, L: 9-6)
- Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Ross W: 6-5)
- Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Ross did not fence)

Jeff Spear ’10, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
- Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Spear L: 5-3, L: 5-3, L: 5-3)

Lisa Stublic ’06, Croatia (women’s track and field, marathon)
- Marathon: 52nd (of 118) in 2:34:03

James Williams ’07, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
- Indiv. Sabre Rd. of 32: Nikolay Kovalev (Russia) def. Williams, 15-12
- Team Sabre Quarterfinals: Russia def. USA, 45-33 (Williams L: 5-3, L: 5-3, T: 5-5)
- Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: China def. USA, 45-28 (Williams L: 5-4, W: 8-5, L: 5-2)
- Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Williams did not fence)

Cornell
Muhammad Halim ’08, Virgin Islands (men’s track & field, triple jump)
- Group B: 9th (of 14) in 16.39

Ken Jurkowski ’03, USA (rowing, men’s single sculls)
- Heat 6: 3rd (of 5) in 7:08.49
- Quarterfinal 3: 5th (of 6) in 7:18.27
- C/D Semifinal 2: 6th (of 6) in 7:56.51
- D Final: dns

Morgan Uceny ’07, USA (women’s track and field, 1,500m)
- Heat 3: 2nd (of 15) in 4:06.87
- Semifinal 1: 3rd (of 12) in 4:05.34
- Finals: dnf

Dartmouth
Anthony Fahden ’08, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
- Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
- Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
- Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
- B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Sean Furey ’04, USA (men’s track & field, javelin)
- Qualification: 37th (of 44) in 72.81

Evelyn Stevens ’05, USA (women’s road cycling)
- Road Race: 24th (of 66 entrants) in a time of 3:35:56

Erik Storck ’07, USA (sailing)
- Men’s 49er R1: 6th (of 20), +0:54
- Men’s 49er R2: 10th (of 20), +1:14
- Men’s 49er R3: 16th (of 20), +1:39
- Men’s 49er R4: 1st (of 20) in 29:36
- Men’s 49er R5: 7th (of 20) +0:45
- Men’s 49er R6: 13th (of 20) +1:35
- Men’s 49er R7: 20th (of 20) +3:15
- Men’s 49er R8: 18th (of 20) +1:57
- Men’s 49er R9: 2nd (of 20) +0:10
- Men’s 49er R10: 17th (of 20) +2:05
- Men’s 49er R11: 5th (of 20) +0:59
- Men’s 49er R12: 20th (of 20) +4:21
- Men’s 49er R13: 17th (of 20) +3:03
- Men’s 49er R14: 8th (of 20) +1:35
- Men’s 49er R15: 17th (of 20) +3:00
- Men’s 49er Final Standings: 15th (of 20) with 157 points

Harvard
Brodie Buckland ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s pair)
- Heat 2: 2nd (of 5) in 6:24.83
- A/B Semifinal 2: 3rd (of 6) in 7:02.12
- A Final: 5th (of 6) in 6:29.28

Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Temi Fagbenle ’15, Great Britain (women’s basketball)
- Group B Play: Australia def. Great Britain, 74-58 (Fagbenle 4 pts., 1 asst., 3 reb., 2 stl. in 16:33)
- Group B Play: Canada def. Great Britain, 73-65 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 3 asst., 6 reb., 1 blk., 2 stl. in 25:58)
- Group B Play: Russia def. Great Britain, 67-61 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 5 reb., 3 blk. in 20:26)
- Group B Play: France def. Great Britain, 80-77 ot (Fagbenle 2 pts., 2 reb., 1 stl. in 15:41)
- Group B Play: Brazil def. Great Britain, 78-66 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 4 reb., 1 asst., 2 blk. in 17:14)

Malcolm Howard ’05, Canada (rowing, men’s eight)
- Heat 2: 4th (of 4) 5:37.91
- Repechage: 2nd (of 6) in 5:27.41
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 5:49.98 – Silver Medal

Samyr Laine ’06, Haiti (men’s track & field, triple jump)
- Group A: 6th (of 19) in 16.81
- Final: 11th (of 12) in 16.65

Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Alex Meyer ’10, USA (swimming, 10km)
- Men’s 10km: 10th (of 25) in 1:50:48.2

Will Newell ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
- Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
- Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
- Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
- B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
- Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
- A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Penn
Koko Archibong ’03, Nigeria (men’s basketball)
Group A Play: Nigeria def. Tunisia, 60-56 (Archibong 1 reb., 1 stl. in 4:52)
Group A Play: Lithuania def. Nigeria, 72-53 (Archibong 2 pts., 3 reb., 1 stl. in 12:48)
Group A Play: USA def. Nigeria, 156-73 (Archibong 1 reb., 2 asst. in 14:09)
Group A Play: Argentina def. Nigeria, 93-79 (Archibong 1 reb. in 3:19)
Group A Play: France def. Nigeria, 79-73 (Archibong 2 reb., 2 asst. in 8:01)

Susan Francia ’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Princeton
Donn Cabral ’12, USA (men’s track & field, steeplechase)
- Rd. 1: 4th (of 13) in 8:21.46
- Final: 8th (of 15) in 8:25.91

Sara Hendershot ’10, USA (rowing, women’s pair)
- Heat 1: 2nd (of 5) in 6:59.29
- A Final: 4th (of 6) in 7:30.39

Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 32: Lawrence def. Mara Navarria (Italy), 15-12
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 16: Rossella Fiamingo (Italy) def. Lawrence, 15-7
- Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Lawrence W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
- Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6)
- Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6) – Bronze Medal

Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Sam Loch ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s eight)
- Heat 1: 2nd (of 4) in 5:32.43
- Repechage: 4th (of 6) in 5:28.67
- A Final: 6th (of 6) in 5:51.87

Diana Matheson ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
- Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
- Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
- Group F Play: Canada tied Sweden, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
- Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
- Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
- Bronze Medal Game: Canada def. France, 1-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, GWG in 92nd minute) – Bronze Medal

Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
- Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
- A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Robin Prendes ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
- Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
- Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
- Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
- B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Julia Reinprecht ’14, USA (field hockey)
- Group B Play: Germany def. USA, 2-1 (J. Reinprecht 44 mins. played)
- Group B Play: USA def. Argentina, 1-0 (J. Reinprecht 47 mins. played)
- Group B Play: Australia def. USA, 1-0 (J. Reinprecht 40 mins. played)
- Group B Play: New Zealand def. USA, 3-2 (J. Reinprecht 45 mins. played)
- Group B Play: South Africa def. USA, 7-0 (J. Reinprecht 47 mins. played)
- 11/12th-place game: Belgium def. USA, 2-1 (J. Reinprecht 43 mins. played)

Katie Reinprecht ’13, USA (field hockey)
- Group B Play: Germany def. USA, 2-1 (K. Reinprecht 48 mins. played)
- Group B Play: USA def. Argentina, 1-0 (K. Reinprecht 50 mins. played)
- Group B Play: Australia def. USA, 1-0 (K. Reinprecht 50 mins. played)
- Group B Play: New Zealand def. USA, 3-2 (K. Reinprecht 56 mins. played)
- Group B Play: South Africa def. USA, 7-0 (K. Reinprecht 56 mins. played)
- 11/12th-place game: Belgium def. USA, 2-1 (K. Reinprecht 57 mins. played, 2 shots)

Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Olena Kryvystka (Ukraine) def. Scanlan, 15-13
- Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Scanlan W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
- Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Scanlan L: 7-5, L: 4-3, L: 5-3)
- Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Scanlan did not fence) – Bronze Medal

Gevvie Stone ’07, USA (rowing, women’s single sculls)
- Heat 5: 3rd (of 5) in 7:33.68
- Quarterfinal 2: 2nd (of 6) in 7:39.67
- Semifinal A/B 2: 4th (of 6) in 7:52.98
- B Final: 1st (of 6) in 7:45.24

Soren Thompson ’05, USA (fencing, men’s epee)
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Joerg Fiedler (Germany) def. Thompson, 15-4

Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Yale
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
- Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
- A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Tess Gerrand ’10, Australia (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 2nd (of 4) in 6:20.89
- Repechage: 3rd (of 5) in 6:18.63
- A Final: 6th (of 6) in 6:18.86

Sarah Lihan ’10, USA (women’s sailing)
Women’s 470 R1: 7th (of 20) +3:20
Women’s 470 R2: 3rd (of 20) +1:06
Women’s 470 R3: 5th (of 20) +1:10
Women’s 470 R4: 7th (of 20) +1:12
Women’s 470 R5: 19th (of 20) +2:27
Women’s 470 R6: 20th (of 20) +2:38
Women’s 470 R7: 3rd (of 20) +1:04
Women’s 470 R8: 9th (of 20) +2:04
Women’s 470 R9: 17th (of 20) +3:03
Women’s 470 R10: 9th (of 20) +3:21
Women’s 470 Standings: 9th (of 20) after 10 races with 78 points
Women’s 470 Medal Race: 10th (of 10) +3:33
Women’s 470 Final Standings: 9th (of 20) with 98 points

Stu McNay ’05, USA (men’s sailing)
Men’s 470 R1: 17th (of 27) +2:15
Men’s 470 R2: 22nd (of 27) +2:58
Men’s 470 R3: 10th (of 27) +1:43
Men’s 470 R4: 3rd (of 27) +0:52
Men’s 470 R5: 23rd (of 27) +3:41
Men’s 470 R6: 23rd (of 27) +4:07
Men’s 470 R7: 6th (of 27) +1:10
Men’s 470 R8: 18th (of 27) +1:55
Men’s 470 R9: 7th (of 20) +1:38
Men’s 470 R10: 4th (of 20) +1:21
Men’s 470 Final Standings: 14th (of 20) with 108 points

Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

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That’s All, Folks

Three Ivy Leaguers had a chance for medals on Friday in what marked the final day of competition for the League’s 49 athletes in London.

Harvard’s Alex Meyer placed 10th out of 25 in the men’s 10K open water race with a time of 1:50:48.2 and Yale’s Sarah Lihan and her teammate Amanda Clark finished the women’s 470-class sailing medal race 10th out of 10 with a time of 36:07.

Rounding out the 2012 Game for the Ivy Leaguers, Cornell’s Morgan Uceny competed in the 1,500m finals, an event in which the US has never won a medal. Uceny was running with the pack with 400m to go but unfortunately for Uceny and the US, she fell and was unable to finish the race.

Stay tuned in the coming days for a complete recap of the League’s showing at the 2012 London Games.

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Friday, August 10

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Friday, August 10. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast.

The US women’s field hockey team, featuring Princeton sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht (players) and assistant coach Nate Franks (coaching staff), will take on Belgium in the 11-12 classification match at 3:30 a.m. After starting out 2-0, Team USA dropped its next three games to fall out of contention for the semifinals.

Yale’s Sarah Lihan will compete in the medal race of the women’s sailing 470 class. Lihan and her teammate, Amanda Clark, finished in ninth-place after 10 races. The top-10 moved on to the medal round.

Harvard’s Alex Meyer will compete in the men’s swimming open water 10k race at 7:00 a.m. The event will be broadcast on NBC from 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Cornell’s Morgan Uceny will go for Gold in the women’s 1,500m run at 3:55 p.m. Uceny placed third in her semifinal on Wednesday to earn a berth to the championship race. NBC will broadcast various track & field gold medal races during its primetime show from 8:00 p.m. – midnight.

NBCOlympics.com Broadcast Schedule for Aug. 10

Schedule of Olympic Events

Olympic TV Schedule

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Medal Update

With three days remaining and several athletes still in contention for Olympic glory in the form of medals, the Ivy League’s 49 athletes at the 2012 London Games have combined for 15 medals thus far, including five Gold, four Silver and six Bronze medals.

Twelve of the 15 medals came in the rowing action at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre, including the five Gold and four Silver medals. Off the water, Princeton’s Maya Lawrence ’02 and Susannah Scanlan ’14 helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the women’s epee team competition – an historic triumph as it marked the first women’s epee medal in U.S. history (the event was added to the Olympic program in 1996).

The Ivy League rowing total of 12 medals was boosted by the women’s eight final in which the U.S. boat and its five Ivy league graduates captured Gold. Led by a trio of Ivy League grads, the Canadian women’s eight boat placed second to claim the silver. With a Gold as part of the American W8+ boat, Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05) made history with her third consecutive Summer Olympic medal. Prior to Davies, the last Ivy alum to medal in three consecutive Summer Olympics was Frederick Morgan Taylor (Dartmouth ’25), who won medlas at the 1924, 1928 and 1932 Games in the 400-meter hurdles.

The fifteen medals surpasses the total that Ivy Leaguers earned at the 2008 Beijing Games (14). The last time Ivy Leaguers combined for back-to-back Summer Olympics with at least 14 medals was in 1984 and 1988, when the League earned 16 medals in Los Angeles and Seoul, respectively.

Here is a look at the League’s 15 medal winners so far at the XXX Olympiad:

Harvard
Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Malcolm Howard ’05, Canada (rowing, men’s eight)
- Heat 2: 4th (of 4) 5:37.91
- Repechage: 2nd (of 6) in 5:27.41
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 5:49.98 – Silver Medal

Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
- Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
- A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Penn
Susan Francia ’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Princeton
Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 32: Lawrence def. Mara Navarria (Italy), 15-12
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 16: Rossella Fiamingo (Italy) def. Lawrence, 15-7
- Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Lawrence W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
- Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6)
- Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6) – Bronze Medal

Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Diana Matheson Princeton ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
- Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
- Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
- Group F Play: Canada tied Sweded, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
- Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
- Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
- Bronze Medal Game: Canada def. France, 1-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, gamewinning goal) – Bronze Medal

Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
- Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
- A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
- Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Olena Kryvystka (Ukraine) def. Scanlan, 15-13
- Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Scanlan W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
- Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Scanlan L: 7-5, L: 4-3, L: 5-3)
- Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Scanlan did not fence) – Bronze Medal

Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Yale
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
- A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
- Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
- A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
- Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
- A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

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Canada, Matheson’s Mettle Leads To Bronze Medal

Princeton alum Diana Matheson became the first Ivy Leaguer to score in an Olympic contest, and the first Ivy to net a gamewinner, as her tally in the 92nd minute of the Bronze medal match between Canada and France gave the Canadians a 1-0 victory.

Matheson’s goal gave Canada its first-ever Olympic medal in soccer, as the team made its debut in Beijing in 2008, when it finished eighth. It marks the country’s first Summer Games medal in a traditional team sport since a silver in men’s basketball in 1936.

Scoreless after 90 minutes, two minutes of injury time was added. With a minute remaining in stoppage time, Canada’s Sophie Schmidt took a shot that French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi stopped but was unable to corral. The ball fell to Matheson, alone in front of the goal, and the former Tiger sent the ball to the back of the net to give Canada the win.

Both teams were coming off of one-goal losses in the semifinals, but France 2-1 defeat to Japan took just 90 minutes, while Canada’s 4-3 loss to Team USA went more than 120 minutes. The French outshot Canada, 25-4, but was unable to make good on its opportunities. Matheson, however, took her one chance and struck Bronze.

Matheson has been a workhorse in the Canadian midfield for the duration of the 2012 Olympics, playing in every minute of Canada’s six games thus far – including a full 120 against the U.S. She has added five shots, including putting four on goal.

Diana Matheson Princeton ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
- Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
- Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
- Group F Play: Canada tied Sweded, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
- Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
- Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
- Bronze Medal Game: Canada def. France, 1-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played)

The Ivy League’s 49 athletes at the 2012 London Games have combined for 15 medals thus far, including five Gold, four Silver and six Bronze medals.

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Samyr Laine Is Jumping In To Help Haiti

Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire who founded Facebook. Samyr Laine is a non-billionaire attorney who was Zuckerberg’s freshman roommate at Harvard. But Laine has an opportunity to obtain something that Zuckerberg will never earn: an Olympic medal.

Besides their one-year cohabitation, Zuckerberg and Laine share something else, in that they both knew what they wanted to do from a young age. Laine discovered his love for track & field in middle school. He had a brief affair with tennis in high school before rekindling his romance with track & field after watching the 2000 Olympics. He worked hard and made his high school team as a senior, placing third in the triple jump at the New York State Championships.

Laine took his re-found talents to Cambridge, where he pestered the coach for a spot on the track & field squad. His presence on the team played immediate dividends, as Laine placed second in the triple jump at both the Ivy League Indoor and Outdoor  Heptagonal Championships as a freshman. He went on to win both the Ivy League Indoor and Outdoor triple jump titles each of the next two years, placing seventh at NCAAs in 2005 to earn USTFCCCA All-America honors. Injuries hampered his efforts as a senior, when he took second in the indoor triple jump and long jump but was unable to compete during the outdoor season.

After graduation, Laine decided to attend graduate school at Texas while using his final season of outdoor eligibility. During his time at Texas, Laine, who is American born but the son of Haitian immigrants, competed under the Haitian flag for the first time at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

After graduating from Texas, Mr. Laine went to Washington, where he attended law school at Georgetown while training for the Olympics and competing in various track & field events. He continued his Olympic training even while studying, taking and passing the New York Bar exam, and now he is in London with the goal of becoming Haiti’s first-ever Gold medalist.

Although he was not born in Haiti, Laine wants to help the country he calls his homeland. His goal is to form a nonprofit group called the Jump for Haiti Foundation, a sports program that would host camps and clinics in order to produce future Olympic athletes from the country, using teams made up of athletes who were born and raised in Haiti.

Laine hopes that any success he achieves during these Summer Games is just the start for Haiti, a country that is slowly rebuilding after natural disasters and government corruption scandals. If it is of any solace to the Haitian people, Laine has experience being a part of something big that started small. He was the 14th member of Facebook.

HuffingtonPost.com: Harvard Grad Inspires a Nation at the 2012 Olympics in London

USA Today: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate aims for Gold

Yahoo.com: Haiti’s Olympic team in London isn’t very Haitian

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