Michigan Olympic Updates: Sunday, Aug. 5
Betsey Armstrong

Aug. 5, 2012

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Betsey Armstrong posted her best performance of the London Games, registering 13 saves in the United Stats' 9-6 quarterfinal victory over Italy at the Water Polo Arena. For the second straight contest, the U.S. squad rallied from an early deficit, evening the score at 3-3 in the final seconds of the first quarter before surging ahead with three goals apiece in the second and fourth frames. Melissa Seidemann scored three goals, while Brenda Villa and Kelly Rulon each notched two for the Americans. With the victory, Team USA guaranteed itself a shot at an Olympic medal and will next face Australia in Tuesday's (Aug. 7) semifinal round.

Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. Italy (Quarterfinals) W, 9-6 (13 saves)


New Zealand's Nick Willis qualified for the 1,500-meter run finals on Sunday (Aug. 5) at Olympic Stadium, finishing third in heat two in a time of 3:34.70. Willis was in the sixth position at the start of the bell lap, but a strong kick on the final straightaway moved him into third place as he crossed the finish line. Former Michigan teammate Nate Brannen (Canada) joined Willis in heat two, placing 12th in a time of 3:39.26. Brannen was sitting in the middle of the pack on lap three but was unable to recover after a fall on the back stretch sent him to the back of the pack. Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, will now compete in the 1,500 meter finals on Tuesday (Aug. 7) at 4:15 p.m. EDT.

IndividualEventResult (Time)
Nick Willis (New Zealand)Men's 1,500m Semifinal3rd, heat 2 (3:34.70^)
Nate Brannen (Canada)Men's 1,500m Semifinal12th, heat 2 (3:39.26)
^ Qualified for final


After falling behind by 14 points after the first quarter, Canada closed the deficit to two points in the fourth quarter but its rally came up short as Australia defeated Canada, 72-63, on Sunday (Aug. 5) at London Basketball Arena. Krista Phillips earned the start, playing 12 minutes before fouling out with 52.9 seconds remaining in the contest. She was held scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting, grabbing one rebound and handing out one assist.

Canada finishes preliminary play in Group B with a 2-3 record and advances to quarterfinal action for the first time since 1984. The team will play again on Tuesday (Aug. 7) to open quarterfinal play.

Krista Phillips (Canada) Canada vs. Australia (Prelim Group B) L, 72-63 (1 reb, 1 assist)