Aug. 22, 2004
Athens, Greece -
Samantha Magee (Stanford junior in 2004-05) and the Team USA Women's Eight rowing squad earned an Olympic silver medal with a second-place finish in the finals of the Women's Eight on Sunday. The American boat finished the 2000-meter course in 6:19.56, while Romania clocked in at 6:17.70 to win the event. For the American women, it was their first Olympic medal in the event since 1984.
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Magee's medal was the sixth (all silver) for 42 Stanford affiliates during the 2004 Games.
Other Stanford affiliates competing Saturday at the Olympics included Patricia Miranda (women's wrestling), Jessica Mendoza (women's softball), Logan Tom (women's volleyball) and Kerri Walsh (women's beach volleyball).
Miranda made a dynamic Olympic debut in the first-ever women's wrestling Olympic competition by winning three consecutive matches in Elimination Pool D action. Miranda won her pool to advance to the semifinals of her 48 kilogram (105.5 pound) weight class. In her first match, she knocked off 2003 World bronze medalist Li Hui of China, 8-5. Miranda, a two-time World silver medalist, then went on to defeat 2003 Junior World champion Lorisa Oorzhak of Russia, 7-3, before scoring an 11-1 technical fall victory in 4:55 over Mayelis Caripa (Venezuela) to finish her day. With the three victories, Miranda advanced to semifinal action in her weight class on Monday, August 23, where she will battle Irini Merlini (Ukraine). Chiharu Icho (Japan) and Angelique Berthenet (France) will square off in the other 48 kilogram (105.5 pound) semifinal with the winners will meet in the gold medal match later on Monday.
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Mendoza (1999-2002 at Stanford) and the Team USA women's softball team continued to roll with a 5-0 victory over Australia in a semifinal matchup as Mendoza was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as the team's starting leftfielder. The Americans will meet the Aussies (for a third time at the 2004 Olympics) in a rematch in the gold medal game on Monday, August 23, after Australia came back with a 3-0 victory over Japan later Sunday to send Japan home with a bronze. Team USA's semifinal victory on Sunday extended the club's win streak to 78 in a row since July 2003 and kept the Americans a perfect 8-0 at the 2004 Olympics as the two-time defending gold medalists have outscored their opponents 46-0 and posted five one-hitters. One more win over the Aussies in Monday's final would give the Americans new records both for most wins and most consecutive wins in one Olympic tournament.
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Tom (1999-2002 at Stanford) led the Team USA women's volleyball squad to a surprisingly easy 3-0 win over three-time defending gold medalist Cuba with a match-high 19 points (15 goals, 3 serves, 1 block) as the Americans controlled the contest by game scores of 25-22, 25-12, 25-19. Despite a 2-3 record in Pool B competition, Sunday's victory allowed Team USA the right to advance to a quarterfinal matchup versus unbeaten Brazil on Tuesday, August 24. Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford senior in 2004-05) did not see action in a match for the first time at the 2004 Olympic in Sunday's win.
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Walsh (1997-2000 at Stanford) and playing partner Misty May continued their dominance in beach volleyball competition with a 21-19, 21-14 quarterfinal victory over Canada's Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin as Walsh had a match-high 18 kills in the victory. Walsh and May are now a perfect 5-0 at the 2004 Olympics and have won all 10 games they have played in with 2-0 victories in each of their five matches. Sunday's quarterfinal victory set up a much-anticipated semifinal match versus fellow Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs on Monday, August 23. Walsh and May have won the last 13 matches between the teams.
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Current head women's softball coach John Rittman will conclude his assignment as a 2004 Olympic assistant for Team USA when the Americans play in the gold medal game on Monday, August 23, while former Stanford men's tennis player Patrick McEnroe (1985-88 at Stanford) concluded his tenure at the 2004 Olympics as the head coach for the USA's men's tennis team on Sunday when USA men's player Mardy Fish dropped a tough five-set match to Chile's Nicolas Massu (6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Monday, August 23
Olympian - Sport ... Event (Television Station, Broadcast Time)
Tony Azevedo - Men's Water Polo ... Preliminary Group A Match Versus Serbia and Montenegro (NBC, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Lance Beaubien - Men's Water Polo ... Preliminary Group A Match Versus Serbia and Montenegro (NBC, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Julie Foudy - Women's Soccer ... Semifinal Match versus Germany (MSNBC, 8 am, PT, Live Broadcast)
Gabe Gardner - Men's Volleyball ... Group B Preliminary Game versus Brazil (NBC, 12:35 am, PT, on Tuesday, August 24, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Sara Lowe - Synchronized Swimming ... Duet (Bravo, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Jessica Mendoza - Women's Softball ... Gold Medal Game versus Australia (USA, 6 am, PT, Live Broadcast)
Patricia Miranda - Women's Wrestling ... Women's Freestyle Semifinals/Finals (MSNBC, 1 am/10 am, Tape-Delayed Broadcasts)
Courtney Stewart (Canada) - Synchronized Swimming ... Duet (Bravo, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Kerri Walsh - Women's Beach Volleyball ... Quarterfinals versus USA (NBC, 8 pm, PT, NBC, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Wolf Wigo - Men's Water Polo ... Preliminary Group A Match Versus Serbia and Montenegro (NBC, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)