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Penn Staters in the Olympics Update

There are just five days left in this year’s Olympics, and a Penn State record of 19 Olympians have been competing in various sports such as cycling, volleyball, fencing, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, and track and field, representing eight different countries. Here’s a recap of how the Penn Staters have done so far.

Cycling

Bobby Lea, class of 2006, competed in six events so far. All six events were in Men’s Omnium, where he competed in the 250 meter time trial, 30 kilometer points race, the elimination event, an individual pursuit event, the 15 kilometer scratch race and the 1 kilometer time trial. He placed 10th, 12th, 8th, 11th, 7th and 13th in each of the respective events. Overall, he received 61 points in his events. He is finished competing at this year’s Olympics.

Fencing

Daniel Tanamachi-Gomez was the only Penn State fencer competing for another country. He fenced for Mexico, and competed in one event: Men’s Individual Foil. This was his first time competing in the games. He did not make it past the table of 16. He fenced China’s Jianfei Ma, and lost 9-15.

Doris Willette, class of 2008, was the U.S. Women’s Foil team alternate. She was subbed in for Nicole Ross, and fenced alongside Lee Kiefer and Nzingha Prescod to help the team get to 6th place. The ladies fenced Poland, and lost 39-45.

Miles Chamley-Watson competed in his first Olympics as a foilist on the U.S. Men’s team, and lost in the round of 32 against Egypt’s Alaaeldin Aboulkassem 10-15. He then competed in the Team Foil event, where he helped the team place fourth.

All three of the fencers are finished competing in this year’s games.

Gymnastics

Felix Aronovich competed in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics event for Israel. Overall, he came in 32nd place.

Tommy Ramos, class of 2008, competed for Puerto Rico. He competed in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics events as well, where he came in 6th place on the rings.

Rowing

2007 graduate Natalie Dell was the first Nittany Lion to row in the Olympics. She rowed in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls, where she received a bronze medal.

Soccer

Both Camelita Moscato and Erin McLeod, class of 2006 played soccer for Team Canada. Team Canada made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Team USA 3-4.

Track and Field

This is the event where four countries are represented by Penn Staters. On Friday, Dominique Blake will be running the 4×400 meter relay for Jamaica. Shana Cox will also run in the 4×400 meter relay for Great Britain. She also ran the 400 meter event, where she made it to the semifinals and ended up placing 7th. Bridget Franek ran the 3000 meter steeplechase for Team USA, where she came in 14th place. Kirsten Nieuwendam competed for Suriname, in the 200 meter event. She came in 8th place in her heat, which was not enough to move on to the next round. Ryan Whiting also competed for Team USA, in the shot put competition. In the qualifying round, he came in second place. Ultimately, he placed 9th.

Volleyball

Nicole Fawcett (’09), Alisha Glass (’10), Christa Harmotto (’09), and Megan Hodge (’10) are all competing with the U.S. Women’s Indoor Volleyball team, and have been doing very well this year. The team is currently in the quarterfinals. Yesterday, the team beat the Dominican Republic in three sets and will face the winner of the Italy-South Korea match in the semifinals. Brazil and Japan are also in the semifinals. The final match for Women’s Indoor Volleyball is set for Saturday, August 11th.

Meanwhile, Matt Anderson and the U.S. Men’s Indoor Volleyball team are on their way to the quarterfinals as well. They will face Italy on Wednesday the 8th. He plays for the team as their #1 player.

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Meghin Moore

Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.

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