Daily wrap (July 7) USA competes all over the map

Daily wrap (July 7) USA competes all over the map

Day 2 of competition and USA is was in action all over the map!  Here is a recap of what happend on July 7, 2013 in Kazan!

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Sunday was the final for the Men’s 3-meter Springboard. Russian diver Evegeny Kuznetsov took the gold metal, Chinese divers Jin Lin and Tian Qin won the silver and bronze metals. Samantha Pickens competed in the Women’s 1-m Springboard Final today. She placed 5th with a final score of 263.90. Several of the judges said that she was just not getting the precision that she needed in her landings. This is something that many of the American divers are struggling to master. Australian friend Samantha Mills won the gold metal with a final score of 281.40. And the Chinese divers Dongjin Jia and Liting Wang took the silver and bronze metals. Mills set herself up for the win when she executed a Reverse 2 1/2 Somersault dive. It is a dive that is typically considered to be a men’s dive. She was the only diver to have a dive with a difficulty of 3.0 in the final.

Men’s Water Polo

Coming out of  a tie against Brazil’s Men’s Water Polo team, the US Men’s Water Polo team competed against Montenegro today at 3:30pm. The game ended with the US in the lead 9-8. Overall, the US team stayed well ahead of Montenegro, except in the end, when Montenegro picked up their game. After Montenegro won the first sprint, the US attempted to score twice, but both attempts were blocked. However, they soon were able to score two goals, the first with 5 minutes left in the period. Shortly after Montenegro scored one goal, which brought the score to 2-1 with USA in the lead. Quickly in the second period, the US had great passing and control of the ball, which increased their lead to four. In the third period each team scored one more goal, bringing the score to 6-2. Then in the fourth period Montenegro began to inch closer to the US, one goal after another, until the score was: USA 8-6 Montenegro. After the US scored one more goal, Montenegro came within a one-point range of the US. The US played a great game and even in the end when Montenegro became a tougher competitor, the US was able to push through that struggle and come out in the end with a win.

Men’s Vollyeball 

Despite a tremendous showing by Greg Falcone, the Springfield College men’s volleyball team, representing Team USA, dropped a three-set match to Belarus on Sunday in the World University Games. Set scores were 25-18, 25-15, 25-20.


The U.S. men’s rowing team competed in the Men’s Eight Repechage in order to qualify for the finals on Monday, July 8. The U.S. competed against Norway, the Netherlands, Belarus and Ukraine for one of the four spots left in the final. At the 500m mark, the Netherlands and Belarus broke away from the rest of the pack, and the U.S. team was able to move up to fourth place at the 1000m mark and in the end beat out Norway by 0.81 seconds with a time of 6:02.55, securing the final spot in tomorrow’s final. The Men’s Eight final will be held at 12:20pm on Monday.

Track & Field

Team USA started off strong with Briana Nelson placing second in her heat for the first round of the Women’s 400 Meter, completing the event at 53.35. Joseph Kovacs and Derrick Vicars both qualified for finals in Men’s Shot Put with best throws of 18.65 and 18.28, respectively, but neither medaled in the event later in the evening. Justin Austin continued the trend in the Men’s 100 Meter, placing first in his heat with a time of 10.40. The games continued later in the evening, where he competed again and qualified to compete in tomorrow’s semifinals.

Team USA continued their positive streak with Blair Montez qualifying to compete in the Men’s High Jump Finals on July 9. In qualification, Montez Blair was clean at 2.10 and 2.15, which was enough to advance.

On July 8, Vashti Thomas will be competing in the Women’s Long Jump Finals after qualifying in today’s games with a jump of 6.26 meters, reaching the qualifying distance of 6.25 meters. Aurieyall was very impressive, taking first in her heat with a time of 11.48 and qualifying for the Women’s 100 Meter Semifinals. Landria Buckley will also be joining Team USA in tomorrow’s competition in the Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles.

Synchronized Swimming

The Duet technical competition was held on July 7th in Kazan where USA athletes Olivia Morgan, Megan Hansley, and Rosilyn Tegart scored a 85.600.  They currently sit in 4th place with the free routine final to take place tonight.

Men’s Basketball

The 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team (1-0) opened its play in the 2013 World University Games with a record-setting 140-46 win over United Arab Emirates (0-1) that saw three players record double-doubles and a total of nine U.S. players reach double-digit scoring on Sunday evening at Basket Hall 1 in Kazan, Russia.

Led by a USA Men’s World University Games single-game record 13 assists from Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.), who also finished with 15 points and four steals, the Americans established three U.S. single-game team records in the lopsided win, including 36 assists, 70 rebounds and 39 attempted 3-pointers.


Men’s individual Saber and Women’s individual Epee both had USA athletes competing.  For a full list of fencing results please visit CLICK HERE
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