Americans Silver In 4x100M Free Relay for the Women! Men’s Water Polo Team Douses China

Dara Torres of the US team debuts in this Olympics!! Team China was the top qualifier!!

Torres is now 24 years in the Olympics!! A repeating champion and a hero of everyone in the US.

Current world record holders are the Netherlands, and believe it or not, despite holding the record they are NOT the favorites!

The US took the lead early, but this race was tight. Germany took the lead on the 2nd lap. Lacey Nymyer takes the second leg behind, and cannot come back. The US is falling behind. If it stays like this, they will not medal.

Germany is still in the lead as they enter the next to last leg. But the Netherlands break to first place. The US is coming on strong, so now the they are starting to shine!

The Netherlands were in the lead in the last race and they are there now. This was now down to the US and the Netherlands. But the Netherlands swimmer for the final leg had a strong lead. Torres could not take back the lead on the final leg from the Netherlands, the US takes the silver and it is a new Olympic record for the Dutch.

US Medals again!

A Great Kick off

The Men’s USA Water polo team, almost all from the state of California, except for Brandon Brooks from Honolulu, easily disposed of China.  The game started off with the USA taking a 3 goal lead and looking unstoppable, but China had a sudden rally and within a period tied the score.

The remainder of the game easily favored the USA team as they spread their lead to 7-4.  To punctuate the game, Jesse Smith of Coronado CA put the final nail in the coffin with 30 seconds left in the 4th quarter and the USA took the game 8-4.

The USA is only ranked 9th in the world, but won a silver medal in the 2008 FINA World League Super Final in Genoa, Italy and, on May 31, beat number one ranked Croatia.

In this game, they showed their dominance, but there are much tougher teams down the road.

US Women’s Heart Wins Heat 2 in 4x100M Freestyle Relay! Tennessee Swimmer Sets New American Record!

The Netherlands looked to win the Women’s 4x100M Freestyle Relay in Heat 2, but the Canadians took the early lead. The US stole the lead for one lap, and then the Netherlands shot to the front and started to pull away.

By the final lap, it was sure to be the Netherlands that won as it looked they were continuing to increase their lead at the turn. But then, it was heart that kicked in and nothing can beat pure heart in an Olympic competition. Lacey Nymeyer of the US came back to win the heat. Her heart is what makes the Olympic games all about champions along with the heart of the entire American relay team.

The US has a chance at this medal. And their heart took this heat ahead of 2nd place Netherlands and 3rd place France. Unfortunately, after a strong start, the Canadians could only muster 4th place.

US 15 YEAR OLD PLACES FIRST…

In the semifinal heat for the Women’s 400 M Individual Medley, Katie Hoff, our biggest hope at the Gold, took second and advances to the finals. Katie is the world record holder.

But the big surprise was Elizabeth Beisel, a scant 15 years old, beat her team mate at the finish to also advance. This places the US in a great position to medal in the event.

In an interview, Katie Hoff, four years after collapsing on the deck in Athens, said she attributed her performance to experience and hard work.

Tennessee Swimmer A New American Record Holder!

Christine Magnuson was amazing setting a new American record, placing second in the semi-final qualification in the Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly at 57.08.  She was off the lead by .03 seconds.  Phew.  It shows how close this can be!