Aug. 19, 2004
Athens, Greece - Markus Rogan (2000-04 at Stanford) continued his impressive performance as a member of the Austrian team at the 2004 Olympic Games by claiming his second silver medal, finishing as the runner-up in the finals of the 200 meter back on Thursday with time of 1:57.35 by breaking his career-best time for the third consecutive race in Athens. American Aaron Peirsol (1:54.95) won the gold medal after initially being disqualified before FINA overturned the DQ after a protest by the United States. Peirsol broke his own Olympic record that he had set a day earlier in the semifinals.
"I am happy with my silver medal," said Rogan about Thursday's 200 meter back. "For a moment I thought about gold and the idea was just beautiful, but after all, it's fair like this. Aaron is a very honest person, I am sure he swam fairly, and it is just the way it should be."
Rogan had previously taken a silver medal in the 100 meter back on Monday and has captured two of the three medals picked up by Stanford associates so far in the 2004 Olympics. Women's swimmer Jenny Thompson (1991-95 at Stanford) also won a silver swimming the anchor leg on a second-place Team USA 4x100 meter free relay squad on the opening day of the Olympics last Saturday.
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The American men's water polo squad was defeated 7-5 by defending gold medalist Hungary in Group A Preliminary action. Azevedo (Stanford senior in 2004-05) contributed a pair of goals in the loss and now is the leading scorer at the Olympics with seven goals, while Beaubien and Wigo both played but did not score. The U.S. fell to 2-1 at the Olympics and next plays Russia on Saturday before concluding Group A Preliminary action on Monday. The top four teams in each bracket advance to the quarterfinals beginning on Wednesday, August 25.
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Caverly (Stanford junior in 2004-05) was 17th overall during the heats of the 200 meter back with time of 2:15.34, just missing qualifying for semis by one position as she finished .33 seconds behind 16th-place finisher Sanja Jovanovic of Croatia (2:15.01). Caverly was sixth in Heat 4, which also included Jovanovic.
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Mendoza (1999-2002 at Stanford) and the Team USA women's softball squad put in another near-perfect performance with a 7-0 victory over host Greece to record their sixth consecutive shutout and fifth one-hitter of the Games. For the fourth time in the team's six Olympic victories the "mercy rule" was invoked, ending the contest in the bottom of the fifth when Mendoza singled in Lovieanne Jung to give the Americans a seven-run advantage. Team USA is a perfect 6-0 at the 2004 Olympics and has outscored its opponents, 38-0, while extending its winning streak to 76 games overall since July 2003. Mendoza was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBI in Thursday's win over Greece. The Americans will conclude Preliminary action versus Chinese Taipei on Friday, August 20. Team USA has already assured itself either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed heading into the semifinals, which begin on Saturday, August 21.
"We know the tradition of USA Softball and came to Athens to win gold," said Mendoza. "Anything less would be a huge disappointment and unacceptable for the standards set for us by the pioneers of our sport."
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Team USA with Schroeder (Stanford senior in 2004-05) rowing in the second seat finished fourth of six boats in the Men's Four Final Heat B in a time of 5:52.55. Germany won the race in 5:48.52.
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Walsh (1997-2000 at Stanford) and playing partner Misty May secured the top seed in the Round of 16 and improved to 3-0 at Athens in Pool A play with a straight game victory over Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova of the Czech Republic. Walsh and May won both games by identical scores of 21-17. The duo will open the Round of 16 on Saturday, August 21.
"It wasn't the best match we played but we got through," said Walsh. "It was a tough game. The tournament takes a lot of energy out of you so opponents played so well. Misty and I want to focus on ourselves, so regardless of who we play against, we know that we have to play the best volleyball we have in us."
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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 Friday, August 20
Olympian - Sport ... Event (Television Station, Broadcast Time)
Margie Dingeldein - Women's Water Polo ... Pool B Match versus Russia (USA, 6 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Ellen Estes - Women's Water Polo ... Pool B Match versus Russia (USA, 6 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Julie Foudy - Women's Soccer ... Quarterfinal Match versus Japan (MSNBC, 8 am, PT, Live Broadcast)
Jackie Frank - Women's Water Polo ... Pool B Match versus Russia (USA, 6 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Tara Kirk - Women's Swimming ... 4x100 Meter Medley Relay Heats (NBC, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Jessica Mendoza - Women's Softball ... Preliminary Game versus Chinese Taipei (MSNBC, 2 am, PT, Live Broadcast)
Ogonna Nnamani - Women's Volleyball ... Pool B Match versus Russia (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Grant Robison - Men's Track and Field ... 1500 Meters (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Jenny Thompson - Women's Swimming ... 50 Meter Free Heats/Semifinals (NBC, 2/8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Logan Tom - Women's Volleyball ... Pool B Match versus Russia (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Brenda Villa - Women's Water Polo ... Pool B Match versus Russia (USA, 6 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)