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Tigers of the Week: Caroline Lind ’06, Andreanne Morin ’06, Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Maya Lawrence ’02, Diana Matheson ’08, Glenn Ochal ’08, and Susannah Scanlan ’14

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From left, Olympic medalists Caroline Lind ’06, Andreanne Morin ’06, Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Maya Lawrence ’02, Diana Matheson ’08, Glenn Ochal ’08, and Susannah Scanlan ’14. (Photos: Courtesy U.S. Rowing [Lind, Ochal]; Athletic Communications [Morin, Lawrence, Scanlan]; Princeton Crew/Tom Nowak [Wilkinson]; Wikipedia [Matheson] )
 
“Someone pinch me?”
 
Those were the words rower Andreanne Morin ’06 tweeted to fans and friends Aug. 2 after finally reaching the medal podium in her third Olympic appearance. Morin, the stroke of the Canadian women’s eight, and teammate Lauren Wilkinson ’11 each earned silver. American Caroline Lind ’06 won gold in the same event, becoming the first Princeton woman to win multiple gold medals in rowing. (She also was part of the U.S. women’s eight in Beijing.)
 
The “pinch me” moments continued in a record-setting week for Princetonians. Glenn Ochal ’08 of the U.S. men’s four added to Princeton’s rowing medal count, earning bronze Aug. 4. Ochal was happy to be part of the first United States medal in the event since 1992, but he also has an eye toward the future. “Bronze is great,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But there are still two boats ahead of us we want to catch.”
 

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Princeton Olympians: Matheson ’08’s goal earns bronze for Canada

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Diana Matheson ’08 (Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia/Ann Odong)
Women’s soccer star Diana Matheson ’08 capped her Olympic run in dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute of Canada’s bronze-medal match against France. The goal was Matheson’s first in the 2012 Olympics, and the medal is Canada’s first in the sport – and its first summer team-sport medal since 1936. Princetonians have now captured seven medals in London: one gold, two silver, and four bronze.
 
Coach David Blatt ’81 and the Russian men’s basketball team took one step closer to an Olympic medal Aug. 8, beating Lithuania 83-74 in the quarterfinal round. Russia faces Spain in the semifinals Aug. 10. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen, Blatt, a longtime pro coach in Europe and Israel, admitted that joining the Russian team seemed like an unlikely move when he took the job six years ago: “You take an American growing up in the time of the Cold War, add to it the fact that I’m Jewish and with an Israeli passport, and then you time-warp me into the ex-Soviet Union as the head of the Russian men’s basketball team. It’s almost mind-boggling. And I lasted! I didn’t get my head chopped off in the first year or two.”
 
The U.S. women’s field hockey team will play its Olympic finale in the 11th-place game Aug. 10. The Americans’ lone win was an impressive one – a 1-0 victory against gold-medal contender Argentina – and Katie Reinprecht ’13 sees a bright future ahead for the national program. “We know we can compete with the best teams in the world,” she told Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s a matter of learning how to finish games. … We’re a young team, and that’s something we’re still learning how to do.”

Princeton Olympians: Weekend wins double Tigers’ medal count

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Maya Lawrence ’02, third from right, and Susannah Scanlan ’14, second from right, celebrate their bronze medal win in women’s team epee. (Photo: © Wu Xiaoling/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)
An eventful weekend in London included three more medals for Princeton Olympians and a pair of remarkable individual performances.
 
The medal-winning events began early Aug. 4 when Glenn Ochal ’08 and the U.S. men’s four rowed a solid race to earn bronze. The Americans were in third place at each of the splits and finished a comfortable four seconds ahead of fourth-place Greece. U.S. women’s single sculls competitor Gevvie Stone ’07 finished her Olympic run with a victory in the B final, placing seventh overall. Click here for official results.
 
In women’s team epee, Maya Lawrence ’02 and Susannah Scanlan ’14 contributed to a one-touch victory over Russia in the bronze-medal match. The win gave U.S. fencing its only medal in the London Olympics. Click here for NBC video of Lawrence and Scanlan discussing the match.
 
Men’s steeplechase star Donn Cabral ’12 reached the Olympic final in his event, placing eighth in the 15-athlete field, less than seven seconds behind gold medal winner Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya. Click here for official results.
 
Today’s United States vs. Canada women’s soccer semifinal will put Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson ’08 in the international spotlight. Canada already has made history by reaching the final four, and a win over the Americans would guarantee the nation’s first Olympic medal in women’s soccer. The game will be shown live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on the NBC Sports Network.
 
Coach David Blatt ’81 and the Russian men’s basketball team will move on to the elimination round after posting a 4-1 record in preliminary games. Click here for official results and schedules.

Princeton Olympians: Tigers win gold and silver in the women’s eight

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Caroline Lind ’06 (Courtesy Team USA)
The U.S. women’s eight, one of the most dominant crews in international rowing, lived up to its reputation in the Olympic final Aug. 2, winning by a 1.47 second margin over second-place Canada. That was good news for three Princetonians: American Caroline Lind ’06, who earned her second gold medal, and Canadians Andreanne Morin ’06 and Lauren Wilkinson ’11, who reached the medal podium for the first time.
 
Also on the water at Eton Dorney today: Glenn Ochal ’08 and the U.S. men’s four won their semifinal race, earning a place in the gold-medal final Aug. 4. Gevvie Stone ’07 of the United States finished fourth in her women’s single sculls semifinal and will compete in the B final Aug. 4. Robin Prendes ’11 and United States men’s lightweight four completed their Olympic run, placing second in the B final (eighth overall).
 
Two other Princetonians rowed in gold-medal finals yesterday. In the women’s pair, American Sara Hendershot ’10 and partner Sarah Zelekna were just 0.2 seconds shy of winning bronze. What does 0.2 seconds look like in a rowing race? Check out this screen shot posted by The Daily Princetonian. Sam Loch ’06 and his Australian crew placed sixth in the men’s eight. Click here for official results and schedules.
 

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Princeton Olympians: Women fencers compete; eight rowers advance

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Maya Lawrence ’02 (Photo: Courtesy Team USA)
Women’s epee fencer Maya Lawrence ’02 posted the U.S. team’s best result in the individual competition July 30, reaching the round of 16 with a 15-12 victory over Italy’s Mara Navarria. Lawrence lost her next bout, 15-12, to another Italian, Rossella Fiamingo. U.S. teammate Susannah Scanlan ’14 was eliminated in the opening round by Olena Kryvytska of the Ukraine. The United States women will open against Italy in the team epee competition Aug. 4. Soren Thompson ’05 is slated to compete in the men’s individual epee Aug. 1. Click here for official results and schedules.
 
All eight of Princeton’s alumni rowers have advanced in their respective events. On July 31, Gevvie Stone ’07 (United States) will row in the women’s single sculls quarterfinals and Robin Prendes ’11 (United States) will compete in the men’s lightweight four semifinals. Sara Hendershot ’10 (United States, women’s pair) and Sam Loch ’06 (Australia, men’s eight) will row for gold in their respective events Aug. 1. The women’s eight gold-medal final on Aug. 2 will feature three former NCAA champions from Princeton: Caroline Lind ’06 (United States) and Andreanne Morin ’06 and Lauren Wilkinson ’11 (Canada). Glenn Ochal ’08 of the U.S. men’s four will row in the semifinals Aug. 2. Click here for official results and schedules.
 

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Princeton Olympians: Weekend preview

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Caroline Lind ’06 (Photo: Courtesy U.S. Rowing)
Olympic rowing will be in the spotlight this weekend as six of Princeton’s eight rowers begin competition.
 
Four are participants in the women’s and men’s eights — the marquee events of international rowing. American Caroline Lind ’06, a 2008 gold medalist, is looking to return to the top of the podium. Canada, with Andreanne Morin ’06 and Lauren Wilkinson ’11 on board, will be among the leading challengers. On the men’s side, Sam Loch ’06 aims to pull Australia into medal contention.
 
The smaller U.S. boats also include Princetonians: Sara Hendershot ’10 will compete in the women’s pair, and Gevvie Stone ’07 is America’s representative in women’s single sculls. Portions of the rowing competition will be broadcast during NBC’s afternoon coverage July 28 and 29.
 
Sisters Julia Reinprecht ’14 and Katie Reinprecht ’13 will make their London debut when the U.S. women’s field hockey team faces Germany July 29 at the colorful Riverbank Arena, a blue-turf stadium on the edge of the River Lea. The game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network at 4:15 p.m. Eastern.
 

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