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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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Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Olympic Diary – Final Week

Kathy Delaney-Smith, head coach of Harvard women’s basketball, spent 10 days traveling to London to watch Crimson rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Delaney-Smith kept a diary as she experienced the Olympics with her son, Jared, for the first time as the coach of an Olympian.

August 8 – Closing Remarks
After a fun night out in Soho with Temi’s parents, which yes, did include some dancing (when in London!), we started the day by watching the start of the men’s triathlon in Hyde Park. We then headed out to Olympic Park to watch Team USA women’s basketball play Canada in the quarterfinals. Although the game wasn’t close as the U.S. seems to be in a league of their own, it was still exciting to watch some of the best players in the world.

We met with Temi afterwards and headed out to the Nigeria House to meet more of her family and friends, what an experience! We were treated to fantastic Nigerian cuisine, and the entourage of friends of Temi and her family was never-ending. It seems every walk of life was represented, including renowned artists, performers, athletes and designers. The energy was high and it was obvious how proud they are of her.

We were then off to the USA House once again hoping to meet up with Angela Ruggiero, a former Harvard women’s hockey Olympian and present OIC member. Although we didn’t end up seeing her, the USA house was packed with our most esteemed medalists, including the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

We connected with Jackie MacMullan on several occasions throughout the day about her plans to write an article for ESPN on Olympic athletes that maintain great attitudes despite not achieving their ultimate goal of a medal, in which she included Temi. It’s easy to see why Jackie is one of the foremost sports journalists in the country – it is a great read. Who would have guessed that when I coached her over 30 years ago in high school that she would one day write an article about one of my Harvard players on Great Britain’s Olympic team.

Jared and I are headed out to the airport now. Thank God he was here to help me out, he was invaluable. I am leaving with a remarkable respect for all those who put together the 2012 Olympics. The city and the thousands of British volunteers were such gracious hosts, and I’m definitely coming back. I love London!  Thank you Temi.

And good luck to Alex Meyer and Tim Murphy in the men’s 10k open water race on Friday!

August 6 – Making Strides
After going out to Wimbledon on Saturday and watching several tennis matches, including Andy Murray in mixed doubles in front of a boisterous home crowd, the highlight of the weekend was still watching Temi’s final game against Brazil on Sunday night. Although Great Britain was not victorious, the home crowd still ceases to amaze me. Great Britain women’s basketball has made great strides on the international stage and will be a force to be reckoned with in future Olympics. There is no question Temi will be a part of that.

After the game, we met up with Temi’s coaches from Blair Academy, Quint and Sue, and members of Temi’s family. Here are a few pictures. They were ladened with posters, pictures and signs for Temi throughout the game. I felt pathetic with my sole, miniature Great Britain flag. It was amazing to see that Temi is a celebrity amongst her family, the local police force and the thousands of fans in attendance.

Tonight we have plans with the family and Temi to go to an African restaurant and experience London nightlife. Cannot wait and should probably take a nap first.

August 4 – Buzzer Beater
We met Boston Globe sports reporter and ESPN personality Jackie MacMullan in the Olympic Park two hours before the game. I coached Jackie at Westwood High School and have remained close with her to this day. It was the first day of the track and field events and the amazing park was filled to capacity. I can’t believe the size of the park and how efficiently it’s run.

Jackie got taken off of the women’s basketball coverage last minute and switched to swimming, bummer, so we only got to spend a few hours with her. Still, as always, she’s a blast and has the best sports stories. I could listen to her for days.

Great Britain lost a close overtime game to France with two unbelievable buzzer beaters, one to force overtime and one to win the game. The crowd was off the charts and everyone was on their feet. That loss knocked Temi out of the quarterfinals but I’m still overwhelmed with pride when I see her, at such a young age, being such an important part of her Great Britain team. She didn’t have much time to be disappointed after the game – she spent hours signing autographs. She will play her final game of the Olympics Sunday at 5:15 p.m. against Brazil.

We stayed for the Team USA game, they are incredibly talented and it’s a who’s who in women’s basketball. It’s especially fun to watch because I coached many of them on my world championship tours with USA Basketball.

I am still trying to connect with Tim Murphy, the head coach of Harvard men’s swimming and diving, but don’t have his schedule yet.

August 3 – Golden
I finally met up with Jared, Liz and Johnny. We went out to Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake to watch the Team USA Women’s Eight win a gold medal with two of Liz’s alumnae in the boat, Caryn Davies ’05 and Esther Lofgren ’08-’09. The weather was unbelievable and the experience incredible. I had a lot of rowing questions but since Liz and Johnny were with prestigious former Olympians, we were left to fend for our ourselves, questions unanswered.

After the races we went to the Team USA House in the Olympic Village as Liz’s guests. Who knew she was so important. We saw several Olympians and former Olympians including speed skater Apolo Ohno. As a big dancing with the stars fan, I had to use self-restraint to not ask him for a dance. We had excellent food, delicious drinks, and watched plenty of Olympic matches. All while Liz signed hundreds of autographs.

Today Jared is showing me his stomping grounds in Islington from his semester abroad years ago. Then it’s off to Great Britain’s game to see Temi play France tonight at the Olympic Park, followed up by Team USA taking on the Czech Republic.

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On Repeat – Ivy Alums Looking for Back-to-Back Medals

Five of the Ivy League’s 48 athletes at the 2012 London Games won medals at the 2008 Beijing Games including Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06), Malcolm Howard (Harvard ’05) and James Williams (Columbia ’07).

Davies, Francia and Lind all captured Gold in 2008 as part of the United States’ women’s eight boat. The trio – as well as Ivy additions Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10)  – will have a chance to repeat on Thursday, August 2 when they take part in the A Final. The American women’s eight boat qualified for the A Final when it finished first in Heat 1 with a time of 6:14.68.

Howard took home a Gold from Beijing as part of Canada’s men’s eight boat. Howard and the Canadians finished second in the repechage in a time of 5:27.41 to book their place in the A Final, which will be run on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Williams was a member of the Team USA sabre squad that finished with a Silver in Beijing. On Friday, August 3, Williams and his U.S. sabre teammates Daryl Homer and Tim Morehouse return to the strips in search of a medal. The Americans will open the knockout-style tournament with a match versus Russia.

The last Ivy athletes to earn back-to-back Olympic medals were Harvard’s Davies and Yale’s Sada Jacobson. Davies won Silver with the U.S. women’s eights at the 2004 Athens Games in addition to Beijing. Jacobson (Yale ’05) took home a Bronze in individual women’s sabre from Athens and followed with an individual women’s sabre silver and a team bronze in Beijing. The last Ivy athlete to win Gold in back-to-back Olympics was David Berkoff (Harvard ’89) who was part of the U.S. 400 medley relay teams that finished first at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games.

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Blogging Coaches: Taylor and Murphy

Alex Meyer and Tim Murphy (Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications).

Several Ivy League coaches are over in London coaching various Olympic teams. Of the group, Cornell men’s track & field head coach Nathan Taylor and Harvard Men’s swimming & diving head coach Tim Murphy have been providing some excellent material to their respective schools’ websites.

Taylor, who is serving as the head track and field coach for the Virgin Islands, and Murphy, who is the open water swim coach for the United States, have combined to provide written content, videos and photo galleries. Here is Taylor’s video of the athlete parade from the Opening Ceremonies and here is a photo gallery from Murphy.

To follow along with Taylor’s material, visit the Big Red’s track and field homepage. Murphy’s Crimson blog is being posted and updated here.

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Off and Swimming

Alex Meyer (pictured with Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris) won Swimmer of the Meet and Career High Point Swimmer honors at the 2010 Ivy League Championships. Meyer won the 500-, 1,000- and 1,650-free at the event.

Harvard graduate Alex Meyer ’10 became the first U.S. swimmer to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics when he placed fourth in the FINA Open Water World Championship 10-kilometer race on July 20, 2011 in Shanghai, China. With that early entry, the Ivies were off and running in terms of sending athletes to the London Games, a number that would ultimately reach 48.

Meyer captured the U.S. national title in the 10k in June of 2011 with a time of 2:05:36.90. Then in Shanghai, he posted a time of 1:54:33.10, just 8.4 seconds off of  Spyros Gianniotis’ (Greece) winning time.

Meyer has subsequently been featured in several recent articles in the lead up to the London Games:

On May 13, John Powers of The Boston Globe/Boston.com wrote an in-depth piece on Meyer as he prepared for London:
Alex Meyer focusing on the open water of Olympics

On July 18, Liz Clarke of the Washington Post wrote about Meyer and the grueling nature of marathon swimming:
U.S. marathon swimmer Alex Meyer relished competing in the grueling event

On July 22, ESPN.com’s Bonnie D. Ford wrote about Meyer’s friendship with the late Fran Crippen:
Alex Meyer swimming with a purpose

On July 23, SI.com’s Sarah Kwak wrote a piece to accompany a video feature titled “The longest swim at London 2012” (which first aired on NBCSN at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24):
With Games approaching, Crippen is never far from Meyer’s thoughts

On July 24, Grantland’s Louisa Thomas wrote an extensive story:
Marathon Man

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Ivies In London – Set for the 2012 Summer Games

The Ivy League has a far-reaching standard of success when it comes to the Olympic Games. As the world turns its attention to the 2012 Summer Games in London, the Ivy League has turned its attention to providing coverage of the games in order to highlight the performances of the League’s alums and student-athletes.

All told, Ivy League participants have combined to win 356 medals at the Summer Games Since the 1896 Athens Games, including 147 gold, 116 silver and 93 bronze. At the 2008 Summer Games, The Ivy League was represented by 42 athletes and took home 14 medals — five gold, seven silver and two bronze. The 356 medals at the Summer Games would rank 13th in the all-time standings for individual countries (complete country rankings).

The 2012 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place between July 25 and August 12. Action kicks off with soccer, which begins play on July 25 and 26. Then, the opening ceremonies will be held on Friday, July 27. The action hits full stride on Saturday, July 28. The first day/night of medal competition will be highlighted by women’s individual foil fencing as well as four swimming races including the men’s 400m Individual Medley, the women’s 100m Butterfly, the men’s 400m Freestyle, the women’s 400m Individual Medley, the men’s 100m Breaststroke and the women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

ATHLETES (48)

Brown (2)
Craig Kinsley ’11, USA (men’s track and field, javelin)
Nikola Stojic
’97, Serbia, (rowing, men’s coxless pair)

Columbia (7)
Sherif Farrag ’09, Egypt (fencing, men’s foil)
Erison Hurtault
’07, Dominica (men’s track and field, 400m)
Nick LaCava ’09, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
Nzingha Prescod ’15 USA (fencing, women’s foil)
Nicole Ross ’12, USA (fencing, women’s foil) 
Lisa Stublic ’06, Croatia (women’s track and field, marathon)
James Williams ’07, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)

Cornell (3)
Muhammad Halim ’08, Virgin Islands (men’s track & field, triple jump)
Ken Jurkowski ’03, USA (rowing, men’s single sculls)
Morgan Uceny ’07, USA (women’s track and field, 1,500m)

Dartmouth (4)
Anthony Fahden ’08, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
Sean Furey ’04, USA (men’s track & field, javelin)
Evelyn Stevens
’05, USA (women’s road cycling)
Erik Storck ’07, USA (sailing)

Harvard (9)
Brodie Buckland ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s pair)
Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Temi Fagbenle ’15, Great Britain (women’s basketball)
Malcolm Howard ’05, Canada (rowing, men’s eight)
Samyr Laine ’06, Haiti (men’s track & field, triple jump)
Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Alex Meyer ’10, USA (swimming, 10K)
Will Newell ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)

Penn (2) 
Koko Archibong ’03, Nigeria (men’s basketball)
Susan Francia
’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)

Princeton (15)
Donn Cabral ’12, USA (men’s track & field, steeplechase) 
Sara Hendershot ’10, USA (rowing, women’s pair)
Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Sam Loch ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s eight)
Diana Matheson ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
Robin Prendes ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
Julia Reinprecht ’14, USA (field hockey)
Katie Reinprecht ’13, USA (field hockey)
Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
Gevvie Stone ’07, USA (rowing, women’s single sculls)
Soren Thompson ’05, USA (fencing, men’s epee)
Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)

Yale (6)
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
Tess Gerrand ’10, Australia (rowing, women’s eight)
Sarah Lihan ’10, USA (women’s sailing)
Stu McNay ’05, USA (men’s sailing)
Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)

ALTERNATES (3)

Columbia (1)
Jeff Spear ’10, USA (fencing, men’s sabre replacement athlete)

Princeton (2)
Michelle Cesan ’14, USA (field hockey alternate)
Ashley Higginson ’11, USA (track & field, steeplechase alternate)

Yale (1)
Jamie Redman ’10, USA (rowing spare)

COACHES

Brown
Alum Jimmy Pedro ’94, USA (judo)

Columbia
Fencing head coach Michael Aufrichtig, USA (modern pentathlon, fencing portion)
Former wrestler David Barry, USA (Team Leader, greco-roman wrestling)
Field hockey assistant coach Caroline Nichols, USA (field hockey player)

Cornell
Men’s track & field head coach Nathan Taylor, Virgin Islands (track & field head coach)
Alum Dan Fronhofer ’04, USA (men’s rowing coaching staff)

Harvard
Men’s swimming & diving head coach Tim Murphy, USA (open water swim coach)

Penn
Alum Brandon Slay ’98, USA (wrestling coaching staff)

Princeton
Field hockey assistant coach Nate Franks ’07, USA (field hockey coaching staff)

Yale
Rowing assistant coach Sarah Trowbridge, USA (rowing, double scull)

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