Aug. 16, 2008
Men's Water Polo
The U.S. men's water polo team upset top-ranked Croatia, 7-5, Saturday at Yingdong Natatorium. Former UCLA standout Adam Wright contributed one goal in the victory for Team USA (3-1), which must defeat Germany on Monday in Beijing to advance to the quarterfinals. A win against Germany would earn the Americans a quarterfinal match and give Team USA an outside shot at advancing directly to the semifinals. Tony Azevedo led the U.S. team with three goals. Former UCLA goalkeeper and current assistant coach Brandon Brooks did not play.
The U.S returns to action against Germany in both teams' final preliminary-round match on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 11 p.m. (PT). The U.S.-Germany match can be viewed live online (www.nbcolympics.com).
Track & Field
Jonathan Williams concluded his Olympic competition after finishing sixth in heat two and 13th overall (49.64) in the semifinal rounds of the 400m hurdles.
The United States softball team continued its domination of Olympic opponents Saturday with a 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei.
The U.S. is now 5-0 in pool play and will face the Netherlands on Sunday morning at 4:30 a.m. PT (7:30 p.m. Beijing Time).
Natasha Watley went 1-for-2 with a walk in the leadoff spot for the Americans, while Andrea Duran scored a run and walked in three plate appearances. Tairia Mims Flowers was 0-for-2, while Stacey Nuveman was given a day off behind the plate after four straight games at catcher.
Mike Altman and the U.S. lightweight fours crew finished fifth in the B final (6:07.79), for an overall finish of 11th.
The U.S. remained undefeated in Olympic play after downing China, 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-18) on Friday. UCLA alumnus John Speraw is an assistant coach on the team.
The U.S., which has clinched a quarterfinal berth, next play Japan in its final preliminary match on Monday, Aug. 18 at 7 am PT.
Bronze - 1 (Kim Vandenberg, Swimming 4x200m Relay)