Thursday, August 9

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Thursday, August 9. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check for the online broadcast.

After playing all 122+ minutes of what some are calling the greatest women’s soccer game of all time, Princeton’s Diana Matheson, whose Canadian squad suffered a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the US on Monday, will take on France in the Bronze medal match at 8:00 a.m. on NBCSN.

Harvard’s Samyr Laine will go for Gold in the men’s triple jump finals at 2:20 p.m. Laine is competing for Haiti and recorded a jump of 16.81 in the qualification round, sixth-best in his group and 10th-best overall. NBC will broadcast various track & field events from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. and as part of its primetime show from 8:00 p.m. – midnight, and Telemundo will broadcast various track & field events during its coverage from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Broadcast Schedule for Aug. 9

Schedule of Olympic Events

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History Still To Be Made

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.

After a heartbreaking last-gasp loss at the hands of the United States (or more specifically at the head of Alex Morgan) on Monday at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, the Canadian women’s soccer team still has a shot at making history at the London Games. While Princeton’s Diana Matheson ’08 and her Canadian teammates could not erase an 11-year losing streak against the Americans, it took over 120 minutes of thrilling extra-time action for the semifinal to be decided.

Morgan’s header from six yards out looped over goalkeeper Erin McLeod to give the U.S. a 4-3 win and send the Canadians to the Bronze medal game where they will face France, who lost to Japan in Monday’s other semifinal by the score of 2-1. Thursday’s Bronze medal showdown will take place at 8 a.m. (ET) at the City of Coventry Stadium.

But, as Canada moves on from the semifinal defeat, it has a shot at some redemption in the form of a Bronze medal and it could also make history by winning the country’s first medal at the Summer Games in a traditional team sport for the first time since 1936.

Matheson has been a workhorse in the Canadian midfield for the duration of the 2012 Olympics, playing in every minute of Canada’s five games thus far – including a full 120 against the U.S. She has added four shots, including putting three 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 vs. France on Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. (ET)

U.S. Women Win a Thriller on a Header

Canada delivers something worth remembering in Olympic soccer loss to U.S.

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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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Wednesday, August 8

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Wednesday, August 8. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check for the online broadcast.

Yale’s Sarah Lihan will compete in races nine (7:00 a.m.) and 10 (8:30 a.m.) of the women’s sailing 470 class. Lihan and her teammate, Amanda Clark, stand in seventh-place after eight races. After 10 races, points from the worst race are discarded, the remaining points are added together and the top-10 move on to the medal round.

In track & field, Cornell’s Morgan Uceny will run in the semifinals of the 1,500m at 2:45 p.m. She is hoping to become the first American to ever medal at the Olympics 1,500m. At 2:05 p.m., the men’s javelin qualification round will commence, featuring Brown’s Craig Kinsley and Dartmouth’s Sean Furey, both competing for Team USA. NBC will broadcast various track & field events from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and as part of its primetime show from 8:00 p.m. – 11:05 p.m. Broadcast Schedule for Aug. 8

Schedule of Olympic Events

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Morgan Uceny Likes To Be First

Morgan Uceny grew up in Plymouth, Ind., a town of approximately 10,000. She then attended Cornell University, a school of approximately 14,000. Now she is competing for an Olympic gold medal at Olympic Stadium, an arena that fits approximately 80,000, in front of a global audience that could reach approximately 2,000,000,000.

Uceny’s path to the Olympics included 11 Indoor and Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal championships and four All-America honors, which is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is that none of those titles came in the event in which Uceny now runs: the 1,500m. From 2005-2007, Uceny won back-to-back-to-back Ivy League Indoor and Outdoor 800m titles and was a member of five relay title-winning teams, placing first in the outdoor 4x800m (2005) and 4x400m (2006, 2007), as well as the indoor 4x400m (2006, 2007). She was a two-time All-American in both the indoor and outdoor 800m.

It wasn’t until her senior year that Uceny’s road to the Olympics took focus. Then Cornell head coach Lou Duesing, who stepped down in 2011 to serve as a part-time assistant coach with the Big Red, entered her in the 1,500m race at the ECAC meet, which she won.

From there, Uceny competed solely in the 1,500m. She finished fourth at the Olympic Trials in 2008, just missing a trip to Beijing. Undaunted, she worked hard and in 2011 posted the world’s fastest 1,500m time (4:00.06), won three European races and achieved the No. 1 ranking. She then competed in her second Olympic Trials, winning the race to punch her ticket to London.

Uceny’s second-place finish in her 1,500m heat on Monday put her in the semifinals of the event, which will take place on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. (ET).

Uceny holds the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor and Outdoor 800m records, along with Cornell records in the indoor 500m and 800m as well as the outdoor 800m. To this day, the Plymouth High School long jump record she set as a freshman still stands.

No American woman has ever won a medal in the Olympic 1,500m race. Chalk it up to just one more record for Uceny to break.

Morgan Uceny poised to medal after years of struggling

Morgan Uceny safely advances to 1,500-meter semis


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Tuesday, August 7

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Tuesday, August 7. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check for the online broadcast.

In sailing, men’s and women’s 470 class action continues. Yale’s Sarah Lihan, currently in eighth-place, will race at 7:05 a.m. (race seven) and 8:20 a.m. (race eight). Fellow Bulldog Stu McNay is in 17th-place and will compete in races nine (7:00 a.m.) and 10 (8:15 a.m.) on the men’s side.

Cornell’s Muhammed Halim (Virgin Islands) and Harvard’s Samyr Laine (Haiti) will compete in the men’s triple jump qualification round, beginning at 5:45 a.m. NBC will broadcast various track & field events from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Broadcast Schedule for Aug. 7

Schedule of Olympic Events

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Set Sail: An Update of Ivy Grads Taking Part in Olympic Sailing

Dartmouth alum Erik Storck, who was the USA skipper in men’s 49er, and his crew member Trevor Moore, finished their 15-race series with 157 points to place 15th. Storck missed out on the medal race by 22 points. Storck and Moore’s Olympic run was highlighted by a first-place finish in race four as they bested the Irish duo of Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern by 11 seconds.

Looking ahead, Yale grads Sarah Lihan (women’s 470) and Stu McNay (men’s 470) are still pursuing places in their respective medal races. Skipper Lihan and her teammate Amanda Clark sit in eighth-place with six of their 10 races in the books and the final four preliminary races set to take place on Aug. 7-8. Through eight of 10 races, McNay, also a skipper, and his teammate Graham Biehl are in 17th place and will have a final chance to move into medal contention on Aug. 7 when races nine and 10 take place.

The men’s 49er as well as the men’s and women’s 470 events are being contested as fleet races at the London Games, which meas all three follow the same format. There are a series of races (10 or 15) and the field of competitors is cut down to a medal race based on points accumulated in those races. Points are awarded in each race: first place scores one point, second scores two points, etc. so each team is striving for the lowest point total (the point total from the worst finish is discarded).

Once the 10 or 15 races have been completed, the 10 lowest point-scorers advance to the medal race. In the medal race, points are doubled, so first place gets two points, second gets four, etc. The points total after the medal race determines the placings and the athlete/crew with the lowest number of points is the winner.

Huntington native Erik Storck makes sailing debut with Team USA

Golden opportunities for Lihan, Tunnicliffe

Men’s 49er results | Women’s 470 results | Men’s 470 results

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 Finish: 15th (of 20) with 157 points

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: Aug. 7
Women’s 470 R8: Aug. 7
Women’s 470 R9: Aug. 8
Women’s 470 R10: Aug. 8
Women’s 470 Medal Race: Aug. 10

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: Aug. 7
Men’s 470 R10: Aug. 7
Men’s 470 Medal Race: Aug. 9


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Monday, August 6

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Monday, August 6. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check for the online broadcast.

Penn’s Koko Archibong and the Nigerian men’s basketball team will face France in the final game of group play for both squads. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC’s Specialty: Basketball channel. After an Olympic-opening win over Tunisia, Nigeria has dropped its last three, including a 93-79 defeat at the hands of Argentina on Saturday. The Nigerians need a win and a loss by Lithuania (which faces Tunisia) to advance to the elimination round.

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 South Africa at 5:45 a.m. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN. After starting out 2-0, Team USA dropped its next two games, falling to Australia (1-0) and New Zealand (3-2), to fall out of contention for the semifinals.

In sailing, Dartmouth’s Erik Storck, sailing for the US, will skipper his 49er class boat in races 14 (10:00 a.m.) and 15 (11:00 a.m.). Team USA stands in 15th place with the top 10 advancing to the medal race. Yale’s Stu McNay will compete in races seven (7:00 a.m.) and eight (8:30 a.m.) of the men’s 470 class.

After defeating the host team Great Britain, 2-0 on Friday, Princeton’s Diana Matheson and the Canadian women’s soccer team will take on Team USA in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to the Gold medal game to face either France or Japan. The game will be broadcast on NBCSN.

In track & field action, Cornell’s Morgan Uceny will compete in heat three of the women’s 1,500m, with heat one beginning at 6:50 a.m. Broadcast Schedule for Aug. 6

Schedule of Olympic Events

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