NESCAC Athletes Brave It Out in the Olympics
Middlebury’s Sarah Groff, who we wrote about earlier this year here, begins competing for the USA in the triathlon August 4, 2012.
Incoming freshman to Williams College Faye Sultan probs has an awesome resume…that includes being the first female swimmer to represent Kuwait in the Olympics. She came in first in the 5th heat with a time of 27.92 in the women’s 50 meter freestyle. Follow her results starting August 3, 2012 here.
Bates’ Andrew Byrnes (A 05) and his teammates will be competing for Canada to win their second straight gold medal in crew. Earlier today, he and his team won the silver medal for Canada, narrowly missing the gold to the Germans and beating out the British who won the bronze.
Also in the games are Tufts alums Gevvie Stone (M14), who finished fourth in her semifinal race this morning but is no longer a contender for an Olympic medal for the United States and Zander Kirkland (A 07), a sailor for Bermuda’s team. He carried the Bermuda flag at the opening ceremony on Friday. Zander and his brother Jesse earned commendable 12th place finish. Mark Mendelblatt (A 95) will also be sailing in the Olympics, although for the United States, in a Star Boat beginning this past July 29. This is his second Olympics; he was a three-time All-American at Tufts and competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He was named Athlete of the Year twice and at Tufts won a national championship. As of this post, he has been ranked 5 in race 7. Keep updated with him here.
From Trinity, Peter Graves (A 07) represented the United States in the quadruple sculls. The team finished fourth, in 5:45.62 behind the Swiss who rowed a 5:44.90. New Zealand came in for the gold at 5:43.82, followed by Italy in 5:44.57.
Thanks to Amy who reminded us that Lea Davison, Midd 05, is racing in women’s mountain biking! She’s a 5-time mountain bike national champion and will be competing in London on August 11.