July 29, 2012
Michigan alumna Janine Hanson (2003-06) and her Canadian teammates began their quest for gold in style on Sunday (July 29) at Eton Dorney in London. Hanson, sitting in the bow seat of the women's eight boat, helped her boat to victory in the second heat this morning with a time of 6:13.91. Canada finished nearly a length ahead of second-place Romania to punch its ticket directly to finals on Thursday (Aug. 2). In the first heat of the day, the United States earned its berth in Thursday's final. Australia, GreatBritain, Germany, Romania and the Netherlands all will race in Tuesday's (July 31) repechage.
|Janine Hanson (Canada)||Women's Eight Heats||1st, heat 2 (6:13.91^)|
Former U-M volunteer assistant coach Michael Phelps earned his first medal of the 2012 London Olympics, with a silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Phelps, who did not compete in the event prelims, swam the second leg of the race final, clocking a 150-meter split of 1:10.52 and a 200-meter split of 1:35.04. The four-man USA squad, composed of Nathan Adrian, Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte, notched a time of 3:10.38 for second behind France, which took gold in 3:09.93. The silver is the first of Phelps' 17 career Olympic medals, as he now possesses 14 golds, one silver, and two bronzes.
|Michael Phelps (USA)||4x100m Freestyle Relay Final||2nd, Silver (3:10.38)|