Michigan Olympic Updates: Water Polo
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THURSDAY, AUG 9

Ann Arbor native Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) stopped eight shots to backstop Team USA to the gold medal with an 8-5 win over Spain in the women's water polo final at the London Olympics.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULT
Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. Spain (Final) W, 8-5 (8 saves)

TUESDAY, AUG. 7

Betsey Armstrong recorded 10 saves, including two in extra time, as the United States edged rival Australia, 11-9, in overtime of the first Olympic semifinal to advance to the gold-medal match. The Americans rallied for the third consecutive contest, taking their first lead early in the second quarter and cushioning it to two goals midway through the fourth. After Australia evened the score on a five-meter penalty with one second left in regulation, Team USA surged in the first overtime frame, earning goals from Maggie Steffens and Kami Craig to seal the victory. Steffens headlined the U.S. offense with four goals, while Melissa Seidemann and Lauren Wenger scored two apiece. Team USA will face either Hungary or Spain for Olympic gold. The final is scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday (Aug. 9).

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULT
Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. Australia (Semifinals) W, 11-9, OT (10 saves)

SUNDAY, AUG. 5

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.

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

FRIDAY, AUG. 3

Betsey Armstrong 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.

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

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1

Betsey Armstrong earned 10 saves on 19 shots as the United States played to a 9-9 draw against Spain in its second Olympic contest at the Water Polo Arena. The American squad trailed 5-3 at halftime but surged to take its first lead late in the third quarter and padded its advantage to 9-6 midway through the fourth. However, Spain took advantage of a five-meter penalty and two exclusions to score three times in the final three minutes. Kami Craig scored four goals for Team USA, which moved to 1-0-1 in group play to remain tied, with Spain, atop the standings. The U.S. will next face China at 2:40 p.m. EDT Friday (Aug. 3).

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULT
Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. Spain (Prelim Group A) T, 9-9 (9 saves)

MONDAY, JULY 30

Former Wolverine goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) recorded six saves as the U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team opened competition with a 14-13 win over Hungary at the Water Polo Arena. The Americans never trailed in the contest but never led by more than two goals. Hungary pulled within one with just 52 seconds remaining in the fourth period but could not regain possession as Team USA held on for the win. Offensively, Maggie Steffens tied the single-game Olympic record with seven goals, while Courtney Mathewson notched four. The U.S. squad will next face Spain in continued Group A competition at 1:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday (Aug. 1).

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULT
Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. Hungary (Prelim Group A) W, 14-13 (6 saves)
   

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