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Jessica Mendoza And Team USA Softball Clinch Spot In Olympic Semifinals
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/18/2004

Aug. 18, 2004

Athens, Greece - Jessica Mendoza (1999-2002 at Stanford) and the Team USA women's softball squad continued their domination at the 2004 Olympics by clinching a spot in an Olympic semifinal this Sunday with a 7-0 victory over Canada in a five-inning Preliminary Game on Wednesday that also marked the team's 75th straight win overall. Mendoza scored one run, while drawing a pair of walks and being hit by a pitch in three plate appearances on Wednesday. The Americans, who will take on host Greece in their final Preliminary Game on Friday, have outscored their opponents 31-0 during the 2004 Games and have three "mercy rule" victories in their five wins. The Team USA pitching staff has also posted one-hitters in four of the five victories.
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Other Stanford associates competing Wednesday at the Olympics included Caroline Bruce (women's swimming), Bob Bryan (men's tennis), Mike Bryan (men's tennis), Margie Dingeldein (women's water polo), Ellen Estes (women's water polo), Jackie Frank (women's water polo), Kristin Heaston (women's track and field), Sabrina Kokler (women's rowing), Ogonna Nnamani (women's volleyball), Markus Rogan (men's swimming), Jamie Schroeder (men's rowing), Christine Thorburn (women's cycling), Logan Tom (women's volleyball) and Brenda Villa (women's water polo).

Bruce (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) just missed a spot in the Olympic finals in the 200 meter breast by taking ninth overall in the semifinals of the event with a time of 2:27.60 that was just off her career best. Bruce had finished eighth overall in the heats earlier in the day, clocking in at 2:27.82. Amanda Beard of the United States was the top qualifier for Thursday's finals, winning the semis on Wednesday in 2:25.62.
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The top-seeded twin brother duo of Bob (1997-98 at Stanford) and Mike Bryan (1997-98 at Stanford) were knocked out of Olympic competition in the men's doubles quarterfinals when Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu of Chile pulled off a 7-5, 6-4 upset.
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All four former Stanford women's water polo players on Team USA participated in the Americans' 6-5 upset loss at the hands of Canada in a Preliminary Group B Game on Wednesday. The Canadians trailed 5-1 but scored the final five goals of the game to claim the victory that dropped Team USA to an even 1-1 at the Olympics. Margie Dingeldein (1999-2002 at Stanford) was the only former Cardinal to score, giving the Americans a 2-0 lead when she tallied in the third quarter. Jackie Frank (2000-03 at Stanford) tended the net for Team USA and registered six saves. Frank had a shutout going until a Canadian goal late in the third quarter but allowed five more in the fourth, including the game-winner by Johanne Begin with just fifty seconds remaining. Ellen Estes (1999-2002 at Stanford) and Brenda Villa (2000-03 at Stanford) both played and started but did not score for the Americans. Team USA will next face Russia on Friday to wrap-up Preliminary Group B action.
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Kristin Heaston (current Stanford strength and conditioning assistant coach) participated in the qualifying round of the shot put on the first day of Olympic track and field competition on Wednesday. Heaston was 22nd with a top qualifying throw of 17.17 meters and did not qualify for the shot put finals later in the day.
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The Olympics also ended for Sabrina Kokler (2000-03 at Stanford) and the Canadian Women's Eight rowing squad when the crew north of the border finished fifth out of five boats in the repechage event, completing the course in 6:15.18 with Kokler in the stroke seat. The top four boats qualified for the Women's Eight final this Sunday, August 22.
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The American women's volleyball team suffered a stunning 3-2 loss in Pool B action at the hands of the Dominican Republic (26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-17) despite 19 points (16 kills, 3 blocks) by Tom (1999-2002 at Stanford). Nnamani (Stanford senior in 2004-05) added six points (6 kills) for Team USA, who fell to 1-2 at the Games and next plays 2000 Olympic silver medalist Russia in another Pool B contest on Friday, August 20. Three-time defending gold medalist Cuba also looms on the Americans' schedule in its final Pool B competition on Sunday, August 22.
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Markus Rogan (2000-04) continued his impressive run at the 2004 Olympics while competing for Austria by taking second overall in the semifinals of the 200 meter back with a career-best time of 1:57.50. Rogan finished behind only Aaron Peirsol of the United States, who set a new Olympic record of 1:55.14 to win the semis. Rogan also had a time of 1:58.06 earlier in the day to finish third overall in the heats. Rogan, who won a silver medal in the 100 meter back on Monday, will go for his second medal of the Games in the finals of the 200 meter back on Thursday, August 18.
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Schroeder (Stanford senior in 2004-05) and the Men's Four rowing squad for Team USA saw their chance of medaling at the Games end when the American boat could muster only an 11th-place showing out of 12 teams overall in the semifinals and was sixth in the six-boat Heat A semifinal with a time of 5:56.78.
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Thorburn (M.D. at Stanford in 1999) had an impressive performance in the women's cycling time trial, just missing a medal when she finished fourth in a time of 32:14.82. The event was won by Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel of the Netherlands (31:11.53).
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Current Stanford head coaches Richard Quick (women's swimming) and John Rittman (women's softball) continued their assignments as Olympic assistants for Team USA, while former Stanford men's tennis player Patrick McEnroe (1985-88 at Stanford) also continued his tenure as the head coach for the USA's men's tennis team. Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Thursday, August 19
Olympian - Sport ... Event (Scheduled Television Broadcast)

Tony Azevedo - Men's Water Polo ... Group A Preliminary Game versus Hungary (USA, 9 am, PT)

Kristen Caverly - Women's Swimming ... 200 Meter Back Heats and Semis (NBC, 3/8 pm, PT)

Lance Beaubien - Men's Water Polo ... Group A Preliminary Game versus Hungary (USA, 9 am, PT)

Gabe Gardner - Men's Volleyball ... Pool B Match versus Russia (NBC, 12:35 am, PT, Friday, August 20)

Jessica Mendoza - Women's Softball ... Preliminary Game versus Greece (MSNBC, 5 am, PT)

Markus Rogan - Men's Swimming ... 200 Meter Back Finals (NBC, 8 pm, PT)

Kerri Walsh - Women's Beach Volleyball ... Preliminary Pool A Play (NBC, 8 pm, PT)

Wolf Wigo - Men's Water Polo ... Group A Preliminary Game versus Hungary (USA, 9 am, PT)

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