24 Nov 2021 | 09:18 | Fencing
TOKYO – Day 2 of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo featured 36 Ivies from all eight institutions in softball, water polo, fencing and rowing.
Brown softball product Janet Leung assisted Team Canada to a pivotal 7-1 win over Australia to place them in position to play for Canada’s first-ever Olympic softball medal. Canada will take on No. 2 Japan on Sunday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Former Princeton water polo star Ashleigh Johnson and the United States Women’s Water Polo team dominated their opening contest of pool play with a 25-4 win over Japan. The U.S. Squad came out of the first quarter in a 3-3 draw to go on and score 14 straight goals. Johnson finished the contest with 15 saves.
Katharine Holmes was the first Princeton fencer on the strip in the Olympics, battling South Korea’s Sera Song in a round-of-32 match in the individual épée competition. Holmes will appear on the strip again in the women’s team épée event on Monday, July 26 at 8:25 p.m.
Shaul Gordon, a former Penn Fencer, and Eli Dershwitz, a former Harvard fencer, competed in the men’s individual saber competition. Gordon competed for Team Canada, battling the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mojtaba Abedini in a round-of-32 match, but dropping the contest. Dershwitz competed for Team USA, battling Korea’s Junghwan Kim in a round-of-16 match-up. Dershwitz will take the strip again in the men’s team saber event on Tuesday, July 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Over on the water, Penn’s Dara Alizadeh finished second in repechage 2 to secure the opportunity to compete in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, July 24 at 10:50 p.m.
Princeton’s Kathleen Noble placed third her repechage to allow her to race in the E Semifinal on Saturday, July 24 at 8:20 p.m. If Noble is able to secure a top three spot, she will race in the F Final on Wednesday, July 28 at 8:06 p.m.
Dartmouth’s Molly Reckford edged Italy in the women’s lightweight double sculls to finish third in heat 1. The U.S. boat will race in repechage 1 on Saturday, July 24 at 9:20 p.m.
Two former Harvard standouts, Sam Hardy and Josh Hicks, put Australia on top in heat 2 of the men’s 2- to allow them to race in the A/B Semifinals. Fred Vystavel and his Denmark 2- crew will make an appearance in the A/B Semifinals, as well, after finishing second place in their heat. The Denmark crew started out strong with a .38 second advantage over Croatia, but was unable to maintain their lead. The A/B Semifinals will take place Monday, July 26 at 9:30/9:40 p.m.
Yale incoming Christina Bourmpou made her Olympic debut by battling Cornell’s Tracey Eisser in the women’s 2-. Eisser and her U.S. teammate finished fourth, while Bourmpou’s Greek boat finished fifth. Both will race again in the repechage 1 on Saturday, July 24 at 8:50 p.m.
An all-Ivy United States men’s 4- boat- Andrew Reed (Harvard), Clark Dean (Harvard), Anders Weiss (Brown), Michael Grady (Cornell)- finished second heat 1. Heat 2 showcased a battle between Great Britain’s Sholto Carnegie (Yale), Switzerland’s Andrin Gulich (Yale) and Paul Jacquot (Yale) and Canada’s Jake Buczek (Columbia). Carnegie finished at the top of heat 2, Gulich and Jacquot finished fourth while Buczek placed fifth. Team Canada and Switzerland will race in repechage 1 on Sunday, July 25 at 12:10 a.m. The United States and Great Britain will race again in the A/B finals on Tuesday, July 27.
Claire Collins, former Princeton rower, and her United States four crew finished fourth in their heat. Collins and the U.S will race in the repechage on Sunday, July 25 at 12 a.m.
A slew of Ivies competed in the Men’s and Women’s 8+ race. The U.S. Men’s 8+ crew consists of Brown’s Alex Miklasevic, Princeton’s Nick Mead sand Harvard’s Liam Corrigan, Conor Harrity and Alexander Richards. The U.S. edged Germany in Heat 1, but fell just short of the world record holders to finish second. Tim Masters (Princeton), Simon Keenan (Yale) their Australia crew battled against the U.S. and Germany to finish fourth.
The Great Britain men’s 8+ boat included Princeton’s Tom George along with Yale’s Ollie Wynne-Griffith and Charlie Elwes. The Great Britain Crew competed against Yale’s Daniel Williamson and his New Zealand teammates in heat 2. Australia finished second, just out of reach of Great Britain.
The United States, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain 8+ will race in the repechage on Tuesday, July 27 at 9:48 p.m.
To finish off the day, Columbia’s Charlotte Buck, Harvard’s Olivia Coffey and Penn’s Reginal Salmons helped to lead the U.S. women’s 8+ boat to a first-place finish in heat 2. The three Ivies will appear in the Final A on Thursday, July 29 at 9:05 p.m.
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