Big Ten Daily Olympic Recap - August 13
Aug. 13, 2008
USA swimmer Michael Phelps made history by winning his 10th and 11th career gold medals to become the winningest Olympian in history. On his way to the gold, Phelps set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:52.03. Teaming with Phelps in the relay race was former Michigan Swimmer Peter Vanderkaay who swam the anchor leg of the event. Phelps and Vanderkaay, along with Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens set a new world record by becoming the first relay team ever to break seven minutes in the event with a time of 6:58.56.
Former Minnesota Swimmer Mike Brown finished second in the semifinals of the 200-meter breaststroke representing Canada. Michigan alum Scott Spann, representing the United States, finished third in the same semifinal as Brown.
The USA women’s basketball team continued its dominance in a preliminary round win over Mali, 97-41. Ohio State alum Katie Smith scored a field goal with three assists and three rebounds in the contest.
Minnesota alum Nicole Branagh and USA beach volleyball teammate Elaine Youngs defeated a duo from Cuba, 21-19, 13-21, 15-12 in preliminary play.
Betsey Armstrong, formerly of Michigan, had 10 saves as her USA water polo team tied Italy in preliminary play, 9-9.
In softball, former Ohio State pitcher Kristi DeVries pitched three innings, not allowing an earned run in the Netherlands’ loss to Canada. Indiana alum, Mariangee Bogado pitched 4.1 innings in Venezuela’s loss to China.
Illinois’ Chris Robinson went 1-for-3 for the Canadian baseball team in its win over China in preliminary play, 10-0.
Former Purdue standout Mike Duursma batted leadoff for the Netherlands baseball team in its loss to Chinese Taipei in preliminary play.