It's Day 2 of the 2012 London Olympics, so here's what's going on with SEC athletes today. All times listed below are Eastern.
This is the second day of women's archery, with the first having come on Friday. A pair of Aggies are shooting for the United States in Miranda Leek and Jennifer Nichols. The shot scores of 656 and 654, respectively, on Friday, good for 14th and 15th overall in the individual competition. Their scores helped the US team finish second overall.
Leek and Nichols shot well for Team USA, but China had an incredible final end (set of shots) to win the match 218-213. The US led 158-156 through three ends, but China came one point short of a perfect end to close out the win.
Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Team USA defeated France 98-71. Davis had three points, three boards and a block in late action. The team's next game is Tuesday at 5:15 pm versus Tunisia.
Texas A&M's Antanas Kavaliauskas, Missouri's Linas Kleiza and Lithuania lost to Argentina 102-79. Kleiza had 20 points, seven rebounds, and an assist, while Kavaliauskas did not see time in the game. The team's next matchup is against Nigeria at 9:30 am on Tuesday.
Georgia Gym Dog Brittany Rogers contributed a 14.666 in the vault and 14.500 in the uneven bars towards Canada's score of 167.696 in the qualifying round. Canada squeaked into the team finals in the eighth and final spot.
Women's 100m Backstroke
Texas A&M's Julia Wilkinson (Canada) finished second in her heat at 59.94, a time that put her in the semifinals. Florida's Sinead Russell (Canada) was fifth in the same heat at 1:00.10, but that was still fast enough to make the semis. Florida's Gemma Spofforth (Great Britain) also made the semifinal with a time of 59.70. Auburn's Kristy Coventry (Zimbabwe) was fourth in her heat at 1:00.24, and she made the semis as well.
Spofforth finished third in her heat with a time of 59.70. Wilkinson was fifth in her heat at 59.91. Coventry was seventh in her heat at 1:00.39, and Russell was eighth in her heat at 1:00.57. Only Spofforth qualified for the finals at sixth overall.
The medal round is Monday at 2:51 pm.
Men's 100m Backstroke
Florida's Bradley Ally (Barbados) won his heat at 56.27, but the time was not fast enough to advance to the finals. Auburn's George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago) also finished first in his heat at 55.22, but he also didn't advance. Florida's Omar Pinzon Garcia (Columbia) finished second in his heat at 55.22, but he likewise didn't advance.
Men's 200m Freestyle
A trio of Gators participated in the qualifying heats this morning. Brett Fraser (Cayman Islands) was fifth in his heat at 1:47.74, good enough to make the semifinals. Shaune Fraser (Cayman Islands) did not make the semis after placing eighth in his heat with a time of 1:48.53. Ryan Lochte (USA) was runner up in his heat at 1:46.45, and he moved on to the next round. Georgia's Matias Koski (Finland) finished first in his heat at 1:49.84, not good enough to make the semis.
Lochte finished second in his heat at 1:46.31, and he moved on to the finals. Brett Fraser was fifth in the same heat at 1:47.01, but he did not qualify.
The medal round is Monday at 2:43 pm.
Women's 100m Breaststoke
Georgia's Sarah Poewe (Germany) placed third in her heat with a time of 1:07.12. Texas A&M's Alia Atkinson (Jamaica) won her heat with a time of 1:07.39. Texas A&M's Breeja Larson (USA) also won her heat with a time of 1:06.58. All three moved on to the next round.
Larson was second in her heat at 1:06.70, and Atkinson was fourth in the same heat at 1:07.48. Poewe was fifth in her heat at 1:07.68. Larson moved on to the finals, while Atkinson tied for eighth had to do a swim-off for the last spot in the medal round. She won it with a time of 1:06.79, placing her in the finals.
The medal round is at 3:15 on Monday.
Women's 400m Freestyle
Georgia's Brittany MacLean (Canada) placed second in her heat with a time of 4:05.06, putting her in the next round. Florida's Melania Costa-Schmid (Spain) was fifth in her heat with a time of 4:06.75, but it was not good enough to move on. Georgia's Allison Schmitt (USA) moved on as runner up in her heat with a time of 4:03.31, placing her in the finals. Georgia's Wendy Trott (South Africa) finished eighth in her heat at 4:11.63, not good enough for the finals.
Schmitt won the silver with a time of 4:01.77. MacLean finished 7th with a time of 4:06.24.
Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
A bevy of SEC athletes are competing on teams here. Auburn's Matt Targett and his Australian team won their heat with a time of 3:12.29, though he did not swim this time around. Auburn's Gideon Louw swam for South Africa's team, and they moved on after finishing second in their heat with a time of 3:13.93. Louw did the third leg of the relay.
Auburn's Cesar Cielo and Marcelo Chierighini represented Brazil, but the team's fourth place finish in its heat at 3:16.14 did not put them in the next round. Chierighini was the anchor in the round. Auburn's Adam Brown and James Disney-May are on Great Britain's team, but the team was sixth in its heat at 3:17.08 and did not move on. Disney-May performed the third leg.
Lochte won silver after swimming anchor for Team USA, which had a time of 3:10.38. Targett, who performed the second leg, and Team Australia finished fourth with a time of 3:11.63. Louw, who performed the first leg, and the South African team finished fifth with a time of 3:13.45.
Ole Miss's Mahesh Bhupathi and partner Rohan Bopanna were scheduled to compete for India against Alexander Bury and Max Mirnyi of Belarus at 12:30 pm, but the match has been postponed due to the lovely English weather patterns. It will be played Monday at 10:30 am.