Today, the slate really ramps up as the 2012 London Olympics track & field competition begins. The majority of SEC participants are swimmers or track & field athletes, and today has heavy action in both sports. All times below are Eastern.
South Carolina's Ila Sliskovic and Croatia defeated Angola 75-56. Sliskovic had two points and four rebounds.
The US took down the Czech Republic 88-61. For the US, Tennessee's Tameka Catchings had 10 points, a rebound, and four assists. Tennessee's Candace Parker had seven points, four rebounds, and an assist. LSU's Seimone Augustus had five points, a rebound, and an assist. LSU's Sylvia Fowles had the night off again with her sore foot. For the Czech Republic, South Carolina's Ilona Burgrova had four points, three rebounds, and an assist.
Women's 3m springboard
Texas A&M's Jaele Patrick (Australia) advanced to the next round with an overall score of 289.65.
The semifinals are Saturday at 9:30 am, and the medal round is 2:00 pm on Sunday.
Florida's Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts and Team USA defeated Tennessee's Hannah Wilkinson and New Zealand 2-0. Wambach had one of the goals, keeping her streak of finding the net in each game alive.
Tennessee's Rhian Wilkinson and Canada face Great Britain at 2:30 pm.
Women's 50m Freestyle
Auburn's Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas), Texas A&M's Alia Atkinson (Jamaica), Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce (USA), Alabama's Arlene Semeco (Venezuela), and Florida's Sarah Bateman (Iceland) all compete in this event at 5:00 am. Vanderpool-Wallace advanced to the semis with a time of 24.85. Joyce and Bateman made up the majority of a three-way tie for the last spot in the finals at 25.28, but Great Britain's Amy Smith won the swim-off. Atkinson (fourth in heat, 25.98) and Semeco (third in heat, 25.56) did not advance.
Vanderpool-Wallace was third in her semifinal heat at 24.64, good enough to make the finals.
The medal round is Saturday at 2:30 pm.
Men's 1500m Freestyle
Three Georgia Bulldogs are swimming in this event tomorrow: Matias Koski (Finland), Ediz Yildirimer (Turkey), and Andrew Gemmell (USA). Koski was eighth in his heat at 15:34.80, Yildirimer was fourth in his heat at 15:27.97, and Gemmell was third in his heat at 14:59.05. None were fast enough to make the finals.
Women's 4x100m Medley Relay
These qualifiers were this morning. Listed team members are Florida's Sinead Russell and Texas A&M's Julia Wilkinson (Canada), Florida's Jemma Lowe and Gemma Spofforth (Great Britain), Florida's Hilda Luthersdottir and Sarah Bateman (Iceland), Florida's Melania Costa-Schmid (Spain), and Texas A&M's Breeja Larson (USA).
Canada was sixth in its heat at 4:02.71 with Wilkinson going first. Britain was fifth in its heat at 3:59.37 with Spofforth going first and Lowe going third. Iceland was eighth in its heat at 4:07.09 with Luthersdottir swimming second and Bateman swimming third. Spain was seventh in its heat at 4:03.05 with Costa-Schmid swimming anchor. The US was fourth in its heat at 3:58.88 with Larson swimming second. Great Britain and the US moved on to the finals.
The medal round is at 3:07 pm on Saturday.
Men's 4x100m Medley Relay
These qualifiers were this morning. Listed team members are Auburn's Matt Targett (Australia), Auburn's Cesar Cielo and Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil), Auburn's Adam Brown (Great Britain), Auburn's Gideon Louw (South Africa), and Auburn's Tyler McGill and Eric Shanteau (USA).
Australia finished second in its heat at 3:33.73 with Targett swimming third. Brazil finished eighth in its heat at 3:37.00 with Chierighini swimming anchor. Britain finished first in its heat at 3:33.44 with Brown swimming anchor. South Africa finished seventh in its heat at 3:35.23. The US finished first in its heat at 3:32.65 with Shaateau going second and McGill going third. Australia, Great Britain, and the US moved on to the medal round.
The finals at 3:27 pm on Saturday.
Men's 100m Butterfly
Auburn's Tyler McGill (USA) finished seventh in this medal round at 51.88.
Women's 200m Backstroke
Florida's Elizabeth Beisel (USA) won bronze with a time of 2:06.55. Florida's Sinead Russell (Canada) finished eighth at 2:09.86, and Auburn's Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) finished sixth at 2:08.18.
Men's 50m Freestyle
Auburn's Cesar Cielo (Brazil) won bronze with a time of 21.59. Auburn's George Bovell placed seventh with a time of 21.82.
Florida's Lisa Raymond and partner Liezel Huber (USA) fell to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Russia 6-1, 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Raymond and partner Mike Bryan did defeat Gisela Dulko and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 6-2, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD
Men's Shot Put
Florida's Kemal Mesic (Bosnia) was twelfth in his group with a 19.60. Auburn's Stephen Saenz (Mexico) was seventeenth in his group with an 18.65, Missouri's Christian Cantwell (USA) was fifth in his group with a 20.41. Georgia's Reese Hoffa (USA) was first in his group with a 21.36. Cantwell and Hoffa moved on to the finals.
Hoffa won bronze with a best throw of 21.53m in the finals. Cantwell finished fourth with a best throw of 21.19m.
Georgia's Hyleas Fountain (USA) is competing in four of the seven events today. She gained 1170 points with a 12.70 in the 100m hurdles, 1054 points by clearing 1.86m in the high jump, 660 points by throwing 11.99 meters in the shot put, and 1016 points by running a 23.64 in the 200m. She is fifth with 3900 points through four events.
The rest of the events are on Saturday.
Men's 400m Hurdles
Florida's Kerron Clement (USA) was second in his heat at 48.48, good enough to advance to the next round.
The semifinals are Saturday at 2:00 pm, and the medal round is Sunday at 3:45 pm.
Men's Hammer Throw
Georgia's Andras Haklits (Croatia) placed 30th overall in the qualifiers with a throw of 70.61m. He did not advance.
Athletes from six different SEC schools are representing six different countries in this race: Georgia with Shaunae Miller (Bahamas), Kentucky with Jenna Martin (Canada), Texas A&M with Kanika Beckles (Grenada), Florida with Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica), Arkansas with Regina George (Nigeria), and Tennessee with Dee Dee Trotter (USA).
Martin was third in her heat at 51.98, good enough to advance. Williams-Mills was first in her heat at 50.88, also good enough to advance. George was first in her heat at 51.24, fast enough to advance. Trotter was also first in her heat at 50.87, likewise fast enough to advance. Miller did not finish and Beckles did not start.
The qualifiers are at 7:00 am. The semifinals are Saturday at 3:05 pm, and the finals are at 4:10 pm on Sunday.
Six more SEC athletes are competing here: Auburn's Sheniqua Ferguson (Bahamas), Arkansas's Kerri-Ann Mitchell (Canada), Auburn's Kerron Stewart (Jamaica), Arkansas's Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica), LSU's Semoy Hackett (Trinidad & Tobago), and Tennessee's Tiana Madison (USA).
Campbell-Brown won her heat at 10.94, Hackett was second in hers at 11.04, Madison was second in hers at 10.97, Stewart was third in hers at 11:08, and Ferguson was third in hers at 11.35. They will all move on as a result of finishing in the top three of their heats. Mitchell was sixth in hers at 11.49.
The semifinals and medal round are at 2:35 pm and 4:55 pm on Saturday.
Men's Long Jump
Arkansas's Raymond Higgs (Bahamas) was ninth in his group at 7.76 meters, LSU's Damar Forbes (Jamaica) was twelfth in his group at 7.79 meters, and Florida's Will Claye (USA) was sixth in his group at 7.99 meters. Claye moved on to the next round.
The medal round is Saturday at 2:55 pm.
Georgia's Elizabeth Reid and Great Britain fell to the Dominican Republic 3-0. Reid did not see action in the match.