Aug. 19, 2011
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SHENZHEN, China - Day 7 of the 2011 World University Games featured Stanford's men's water polo athletes leading a U.S. upset of Spain in the quarterfinals and the Ogwumike sisters helping the U.S. women's basketball team into the gold medal game Friday.
The USA Basketball World University Games Team earned its spot in Sunday's gold medal game with a hard-fought 79-67 semifinal victory over Australia.
Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike started for the U.S. once again, with Nnemkadi going for seven points and seven rebounds while Chiney scored eight points and grabbed three boards.
The U.S. held a slim 31-27 advantage at halftime but managed to gradually pull away over the second half to advance.
The U.S. will take on unbeaten Taiwan in Sunday's gold medal game at 9:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. PT Sunday).
Matthew Swanston raced as part of Canada's 4 x 100-meter medley relay team Friday, finishing eighth in the A Final. The Canadians' final time of 3:41.38 was 6.36 seconds back of the gold medal-winning time of Japan.
Sam Woodward finished fifth in the hotly-contested A Final of the 50-meter freestyle. Woodward's final time of 25.39 was just 0.73 of a second off of the gold medal-winning pace of Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus, and just 0.22 of a second off of the bronze medal pace.
Only 1.03 seconds separated first place from eighth in the final.
U.S. coaching staff members Tim Ghormley, Ken Kitagawa and Reynaldo Soriano guided the U.S. men to a seventh-place finish in the team poomsae competition. The U.S. women would finish ninth in the semifinals, just one spot out of qualifying for the finals.
In the overall team semifinals, the U.S. would finish 12th, failing to qualify for the final round.
Former Stanford star Kawika Shoji had 34 assists and Brad Lawson had 12 kills during the United States' 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-11) loss to Japan in consolation play.
The U.S. next plays Sweden on Friday at 10 p.m. PT for the right to play for 13th place.
Men's Water Polo
Drac Wigo, Janson Wigo and Sage Wright combined for six goals while Jeffrey Schwimer (one steal, one block) and Peter Sefton provided big help to lead the U.S. to a 10-9 overtime upset of Spain in Friday's quarterfinals.
The match was deadlocked at 8-8 after 32 minutes of play. Spain would take a one-goal lead following the first overtime session, but the U.S. would bounce back to outscore the Spaniards, 2-0, in the second extra session to claim the win.
Janson Wigo led the U.S. with three goals while Wright scored twice and Drac Wigo once.
The U.S. will now take on Russia in Sunday's semifinal round at 8 p.m. local time (5 a.m. PT Sunday).