Michigan Olympic Updates: Friday, Aug. 3
Connor Jaeger

Aug. 3, 2012

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The contingent of former Michigan rowers in London wrapped up its Olympic experience with Sarah Trowbridge and Tom Peszek both rowing their final race of the Games. In the women's double sculls "A" final, Trowbridge and partner Margot Shumway finished last in the six-boat race with a time of 7:10.54. Great Britain (6:55.82) earned the gold medal, followed by Australia (6:58.55) and Poland (7:07.92). Earlier in the day, Peszek and his partner, Silas Stafford, took second in the men's pair "B" final for eighth place overall. The Americans moved from third to second in the final 500 meters for a final time of 6:53.30, more than three seconds behind Germany (6:49.93).

Tom Peszek (USA) Men's Pair Final B 2nd (6:53.30)
Sarah Trowbridge (USA) Women's Double Sculls Final A 6th (7:10.54)


Canada raced out to a 14-point halftime lead before hanging on for a 79-73 win over Brazil on Friday (Aug. 3) at London Basketball Arena. With the win, Canada has clinched a spot in quarterfinal action with one opening-round game remaining. Krista Phillips once again earned the start, scoring eight points on 4-for-6 shooting, handing out four assists and grabbing three rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Krista Phillips (Canada) Canada vs. Brazil (Prelim Group B) W, 79-73 (8 pts, 3 reb)


On Friday (Aug. 3) in London, junior Connor Jaeger scored a spot in the 1,500-meter final, qualifying seventh overall in 14:57.56. He will swim for a medal Saturday (Aug. 4) at 2:36 p.m.

Also, former U-M volunteer assistant coach Michael Phelps won his 17th Olympic gold medal, in the 100-meter butterfly, with a time of 51.21. Phelps bested Serbia's Milorad Cavic, who is trained by U-M head coach Mike Bottom, by .60 seconds, as Cavic tied for fourth with a time of 51.81.

Connor Jaeger (USA) Men's 1,500m Freestyle Heats 7th (14:57.56^)
Michael Phelps (USA) Men's 100m Butterfly Final Gold Medal 1st, Gold (51.21)
^ Qualified for final


Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) stopped a full-tank shot at the final buzzer to cap a six-save performance in the United States' 7-6 comeback win over China in its final preliminary match. The Chinese team scored first and led 3-1 at the intermission break, before Team USA registered four straight goals to steal away the lead in the second half. Maggie Steffens headlined the Americans' offense with three goals, upping her Olympic total to 11 over three games. As the No. 2 seed in Group A, the U.S. women will face Italy -- the third seed in Group B -- on Sunday (Aug. 5) in the quarterfinals.

Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. China (Prelim Group A) W, 7-6 (6 saves)


Former Michigan teammates Nick Willis (New Zealand) and Nate Brannen (Canada) each qualified for the 1,500-meter run semifinals on Friday (Aug. 3) at Olympic Stadium. Willis took first place in the third and final heat in a time of 3:40.92 to guarantee his spot in the semis. The New Zealand team captain sat in fifth place after the first lap and moved his way into the lead for good by the bell lap. In the second heat, Brannen was in sixth place at the start of the bell lap and a strong kick on the final straightaway moved him into fifth place with a time of 3:39.95. Ciaran O'Lionaird (2007-09), who ran his first three collegiate seasons at Michigan, represented Ireland in the 1,500m, finishing 13th in heat three in a time of 3:48.35.>

Nate Brannen (Canada) Men's 1,500m First Round 5th, heat 2 (3:39.95+)
Nick Willis (New Zealand) Men's 1,500m First Round 1st, heat 3 (3:40.93+)
Ciaran O'Lionaird (Ireland) Men's 1,500m First Round 13th, heat 3 (3:48.35)

+ Advanced to semifinals


Nigerian Uhunoma Osazuwa, a third-year Doctor of Pharmacy student at Michigan, is sitting in 24th place with 3,631 after the first day of competition in the heptathlon on Friday (Aug. 3) at Olympic Stadium. Her best event proved to be the 100-meter hurdles, where she finished seventh in heat five and 14th overall in a time of 13.46 to record 1,056 points. Competition for the final three events will resume tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 3) at 5:05 a.m. EDT with the long jump, followed by the javelin at 6:40 a.m. EDT and the 800-meter run at 3:35 p.m. EDT.

Uhunoma Osazuwa (Nigeria) Heptathlon 110m Hurdles 13.46 (1,056 pts)
Uhunoma Osazuwa (Nigeria) Heptathlon High Jump 1.77m (941 pts)
Uhunoma Osazuwa (Nigeria) Heptathlon Shot Put 12.77m (712 pts)
Uhunoma Osazuwa (Nigeria) Heptathlon 200m Dash 24.62 (922 pts)
Uhunoma Osazuwa (Nigeria) Heptathlon (Total Through Day 1) 24th (3,631 pts)