Aug. 15, 2004
Athens, Greece -
Samantha Magee, a Stanford junior in 2004-05, helped the USA Women's Rowing Team to a world record, a victory in Heat A and the top overall time of the Women's Eight event at the 2004 Olympic Games on Sunday. Magee, who rows in the two seat, and her teammates finished the 2000 meter course in 5:56.55, narrowly finishing ahead of second-place Romania by 0.22 seconds. The win automatically qualified the USA boat for the final on August 22.
More Olympic rowing coverage... Other Stanford associates competing Sunday on the second day of the Olympics included Tony Azevedo (men's water polo), Lance Beaubien (men's water polo), Tara Kirk (women's swimming), Sabrina Kokler (women's rowing), Ann Kremer (women's tennis), Jessica Mendoza (women's softball), Markus Rogan (men's swimming), Jenny Thompson (women's swimming), Christine Thorburn (women's cycling), Kerri Walsh (women's beach volleyball) and Wolf Wigo (men's water polo). Current Stanford head coaches Richard Quick (women's swimming) and John Rittman (women's softball) were on the sidelines as assistant coaches on Saturday, while former Stanford men's tennis player Patrick McEnroe begin his tenure as the head coach for the USA Men's Tennis Team. Azevedo (a senior at Stanford in 2004-05) scored the winning goal at the buzzer and had a hat trick as Team USA pulled out a 7-6 win over Croatia in its first match of the 2004 Olympics during Group A Preliminaries action. On the game-winning play, Azevedo took a pass from Wigo (1993-96) and sent a shot by Croatian tender Frano Vican. Beaubien (1996-99) also played in the contest.
More Olympic water polo coverage... Kirk (2000-04 at Stanford) won her semifinal with a time of 1:07.60 and will be seeded third in Monday's 100 meter breast. Australia's Leisel Jones (1:06.78) earned the top seed for the finals in the event after winning her semifinal with an Olympic record of 1:06.78 and Germany's Sarah Poewe (1:07.48) will be the second seed. Kirk also had the third-best time in the heats of the event (1:07.92).
More Olympic swimming coverage... Kokler (2000-03 at Stanford) competed in the stroke seat for Canada's Women's Eight Rowing Team in Heat B as the squad finished third in the heat with a time of 6:12.40. Canada will next race in the repecharge on August 17 and must finish at least fourth to qualify for the final on August 22.
More Olympic rowing coverage... Kremer (1997-98 at Stanford) opened Olympics singles competition for Luxenborg with a first-round loss to Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela (3-6, 3-3). Kremer begins doubles action on Monday with partner Claudine Schaul. The duo squares off versus Colombia's Catalina Castano and Fabiola Zuluaga.
More Olympic tennis coverage... Mendoza (1999-2002 at Stanford) started for the second consecutive Preliminaries Game in left field for the USA Women's Softball Team that extended its win streak to 72 with a 10-0 win over Australia in a game that was shortened to just four and a half innings due to a mercy rule. Mendoza was 0-for-1, scored one run and was hit by a pitch. The Americans will next play Japan on Monday in another Preliminaries Game.
More Olympic softball coverage... Rogan (2000-04 at Stanford) was second in both his semifinal and the overall semifinals of the 100 back (54.42) competing for Austria. Rogan tied for the fourth-best time during the heats of the events, clocking in at 54.87.
More Olympic swimming coverage... Thompson (1991-95 at Stanford) followed her silver medal performance in the 4x100 meter free relay on Saturday by taking fifth in the 100 meter fly Sunday in a time of 58.72. Australia's Petria Thomas won the event in 57.72.
More Olympic swimming coverage... Thorburn (M.D. at Stanford in 1999) finished 15th in the women's road race and will next compete in the time trial on Wednesday, August 18. Sara Carrigan of Australia won Sunday's race.
More Olympic cycling coverage... Walsh (1997-2000) and playing partner Misty May won their opening round contest in beach volleyball with a decisive 2-0 victory over Ryoko Tokuno and Chiaki Kusuhara of Japan, outscoring their Japanese opponents, 42-25. The top-seeded May and Walsh play their second pool match Tuesday against Rebekka Kadijk and Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands.
More Olympic beach volleyball coverage...