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Princeton men’s assistant track and field coach and New Jersey’s very own Robby Andrews, made the University proud this morning at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The coach and professional runner is famed for his kick and for being the 400th U.S. man to break four minutes in the one-mile event at Penn Relays in 2013. In June, Andrews placed second in the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in the men’s 1500m to qualify for the Games with a time of 3:34.88, just behind world champion Matthew Centrowitz. Ben Blankenship was the third U.S. male to qualify for this event.
Princetonians Katie Reinprecht ’13, Kathleen Sharkey ’13, and Julia Reinprecht ’14 will not be playing for a medal in Rio.
U.S. athlete Donn Cabral '12 has qualified for the 3,000m steeplechase finals on Wednesday after finishing third in his heat, which happened to be the most competitive of the three. His time of 8:21.96 puts him third in the overall standings, behind Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto’s time of 8:21.40 and Ugandan Jacob Araptany’s 8:21.53.
Gevvie Stone ’07 became the first Princetonian to earn a spot on the podium at the 2016 Games when she won a silver medal in her single sculls event.
Princeton rower Gevvie Stone ’07 earned herself a spot on the podium after her performance in the women’s single sculls Final A this morning, where she took home the silver medal for Team USA with a time of 7:22.92.
After a shocking victory against world No. 2 Germany on Tuesday, Team Canada continued to turn heads on Friday by defeating No. 3 France 1-0 at the women’s soccer quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic Games. This is the second Olympic Games in a row that Canada has knocked out France.
Three Tigers competed on Day 7 of the Games, locking in two more Tiger powered victories for Canada and USA.
The U.S. women's field hockey team gained even more momentum Thursday evening in Rio after beating No. 13 India, 3-0. The game started rather slowly, as both teams took a while to find their rhythm, until Katie Bam scored the first goal at the end of the first quarter. Bam, who led Team USA in scoring a day earlier against Japan, received a reverse-stick pass from teammate Katelyn Falgowski to chip the ball into the goal. The Americans picked up their pace from there, with Bam scoring a second goal and Melissa Gonzalez scoring the third. While the offensive players, including midfielder Katie Reinprecht ’13 and forward Kathleen Sharkey ’13, made the goal-scoring plays, the U.S. defense deserves just as much, if not more, credit. Goalkeeper Jackie Briggs has been on her toes throughout the tournament, shutting out all of India’s shot attempts. Princetonian Julia Reinprecht ’14 also has helped keep the defense tight. Team USA is getting used to its top spot in Pool B and now has 12 points to its name. The ultimate winner will be determined in a matchup between the U.S. and Great Britain, two teams that have been playing exceptionally well in these Olympic Games. The U.S. is ranked No. 5 in the FIH world rankings, while Great Britain is unranked. The United States and Great Britain will go head-to-head on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Ten Tigers competed on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Games in rowing, water polo, fencing, and field hockey.
Determination is a word commonly used in the context of Princeton fencer Katharine Holmes '17. After taking two years off from school, she came into these Olympics with a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. Unfortunately, a stifling loss forced an unsatisfactorily early exit from the individual épée tournament last Saturday, setting the stage for Holmes to bounce back in the team competition.
Early Thursday morning, Ashleigh Johnson ’17 and the U.S. women’s water polo team routed China by a score of 12-4. The victory was yet another display of Johnson’s phenomenal defensive abilities as goalkeeper.
Due to poor weather conditions, all rowing events were cancelled on Day 5 for the second time in four days. This made a preliminary field hockey match between the U.S. and Japan the only event with Princetonians in it on Wednesday.
The U.S. women’s field hockey team clinched its third straight win in Rio by defeating Japan in a convincing 6-1 victory on Wednesday evening. Midfielder Katie Reinprecht ’13 fueled Team USA’s offensive firepower with her second goal of these Olympic Games.
Day 4 of the Games saw some powerful performances from six Tigers in rowing, water polo and soccer.
Though defeated in all the twelve previous international matches against the German women’s soccer team and outscored 38-13 combined, Team Canada pulled out an upset victory earlier on Tuesday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Six Princeton Olympians competed in rowing and field hockey on Day 3 of the Games.
The U.S. women’s field hockey team pulled off its second straight upset on Monday, this time beating world No. 3 Australia 2-1.
Following a one-day delay due to weather conditions, Kate Bertko ’06 of team USA’s lightweight double sculls and Lauren Wilkinson ’11 of team Canada’s women’s eight failed to advance during preliminary heat competition on Monday. Fortunately, both will have favorable chances of redemption during their respective repechages on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Glenn Ochal ’08 was not ready to call it quits, even after winning a bronze medal in the men’s coxless four at the 2012 London Games. The Princetonian embarked upon his quest for Olympic glory once again on Monday in the men’s coxed eight at the Rio Games. The U.S. contingent unfortunately failed to advance in the second heat of the day, coming in second behind the defending Olympic champion squad of Germany. However, there does not appear to be any need for despair, as the Americans posted an impressive time of 5:40.16, putting them in a good position to qualify for the finals in the repechage race to be held on Tuesday.
The Men’s Lightweight Four got underway on Day 1 at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with two Princetonians, Robin Prendes ’11 and Tyler Nase '13 in action. Joined by fellow Americans Anthony Fahden and Edward King, Nase and Prendes helped the U.S. contingent safely advance to the semifinals of the competition in the third and final heat of the day, traversing 2,000 meters of the gorgeous Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. The team finished in second place with a time of 6:05.61, behind favorites New Zealand, who won the heat with a time of 6:03.34. The top three teams in each heat automatically advance to a semifinal, with the lower order finishers contending for the last couple of semifinal slots in the repechage.