Friday, August 3, 2012

Wahoo Captures Gold

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Rising "fourth year" Lauren Perdue (Greenville, N.C.) earned a gold medal with the United States in the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay Wednesday (August 1) at the 2012 Olympic Games. Perdue led off the American prelim relay on Wednesday morning to earn the medal and is the second Cavalier to earn a medal in as many days after Matt McLean (’11) won gold with the U.S. men’s 4x200m free relay on Tuesday.

It is the first time that the Cavalier swim program has had two medals in the same Olympiad since 2000, when American Ed Moses won gold with the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 100m breaststroke.

Perdue led off the prelim relay with a 1:58.07 and teammates Shannon Vreeland, Alyssa Anderson and Dana Vollmer finished the heat in 7:50.75, touching first two seconds faster than Italy (7:52.75).

In the finals, the relay team of Missy Franklin, Vollmer, Vreeland and Allison Schmitt broke the Olympic record in a time of 7:42.92, defeating Australia (7:44.41) and France (7:47.49).

Perdue becomes the first Virginia female swimmer to medal since Melanie Valerio won gold with the U.S. 4x100m free relay in 1996, and is only the third overall. American Wendy Weinberg earned bronze in the 800m free in 1976. Perdue also becomes only the fourth UVa swimmer to win gold, joining McLean, Moses and Valerio.

ACC In The Olympics

WILL COLEMAN - UVA (Leslie Threlkeld Photo)
August 1 recap:
•           Virginia Tech’s Katarina Filova (Slovakia) finished sixth in the fourth heat of the Women’s 100m freestyle preliminaries with a time of 56.58.
•           Virginia’s David Karasek (Switzerland) finished seventh in the second heat of the 200m IM preliminaries with a time of 2:01.35.
•           Georgia Tech’s Gal Nevo (Israel) finished fifth in the fifth heat of the Men’s 200m IM preliminaries with a time of 2:01.35. He advanced to the semifinals where he finished fourth in the first heat with a time of 1:59.17.
•           Virginia Lauren Perdue (United States) swam as part of the 4x200 freestyle relay that captured Gold.

•           Miami’s Reuben Ross (Canada) finished sixth in the Men’s Synchronized 3m springboard with partner Alexandre Despatie with a score of 421.83.

•           Miami’s Ciara Michel and Savannah Leaf (Great Britain) fell to Italy 3-0. Leaf had 12 spikes, 4 digs and 2 blocks while Michel registered 10 spikes, 2 digs and 10 blocks.

July 31 recap:
•           Virginia Tech’s Katarina Filova (Slovakia) finished fifth in the second heat of the Women’s 200m freestyle preliminaries with a time of 2:02.03.
•           Georgia Tech’s Gal Nevo (Israel) finished first in the first heat of the Men’s 200m butterfly preliminaries with a time of 1:59.98.

•           Nick McCrory (United States) with partner David Boudia captured the bronze medal in the Men’s Synchronized 10-Meter with a score of 463.47. (read more)

•           Virginia’s Inge Janssen (Netherlands) with partner Elisabeth Hogerwerf finished fourth in the first heat of the Women’s Double Sculls with a time of 7:00.10.

•           In Men’s Finn Races 3 and 4, Miami’s Zach Railey (United States) finished 12th and 17th respectively.

•           Virginia’s Will Coleman (United States) competed in Cross Country and finished with a score of 82.70.

•           Miami’s Ciara Michel and Savannah Leaf were part of the first indoor victory for the Great Britain Volleyball team as they beat Algeria 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 and 15-8. Michel had four kills and two aces and Leaf had eight spikes.

FSU’s Reid Dismissed From Team

(Slightly edited from  FSU cornerback Greg Reid has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
Reid, who had 32 tackles and two interceptions last season, was slated to be one of the Noles starting cornerbacks and was on pace to break the school's punt return yardage record held by Deion Sanders. Reid tallied seven interceptions in his FSU career.

Reid has had his share of off-field issues. He was suspended for a game for a violation of team rules in 2011. He was also arrested on charges of perjury in an unofficial proceeding and resisting arrest during another incident involving a friend using Reid's scooter last fall. The charges were dropped in that case.

The latest public news involving Reid off the field came when was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol following a traffic stop in his hometown of Valdosta, Ga. on July 10 and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and a seatbelt violation. An additional team rules violation since the arrest could have been Fisher's grounds for dismissal.

C’mon Greg, put your damn seat belt on…

This past spring, Reid said that maturity was a goal for him on and off the field.

Pitt Pays $7.5 Million For Early Exit

Pittsburgh and the Big East conference announced last Wednesday that the school will pay $7.5 million to join Syracuse in leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2013. The Big East reached a similar deal with Syracuse earlier this week.

The agreement with Pitt includes the $5 million the school already paid after it announced it was switching leagues last September. It also puts an end to an acrimonious split between Big East and one of its longest standing members.

''We are anxious to compete in our final season in the Big East and look forward to an exciting future in the Atlantic Coast Conference,'' Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said in a statement.

The Big East later Wednesday night confirmed it had dropped its lawsuit seeking $5 million from TCU reneging for on a commitment to join the league and instead joining the Big 12. The conference said in a statement that ''TCU has fully discharged its obligations to the Big East ...''

Conditions of the settlement were not released, but a person familiar with it told The Associated Press the Big East will receive $5 million from TCU. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was to be made on the agreement.

ACC commissioner Jim Swofford said the conference has been ''preparing to welcome both teams'' for the past year. He'll only have to wait 11 more months to unveil an expanded 14-team league that will include five former Big East members. Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East after the 2003-04 academic year and Boston College followed a year later.

The ACC will go to a nine-game conference schedule in football when Pitt and Syracuse join and every school will play in both the men's and women's conference basketball tournaments.

Ex-Hokie Coach Greenberg To ESPN

(Kirby Lee/U.S. Presswire)
By Mark Giannotto/Washington Post

Former Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has tried his best to keep a low profile since being fired unexpectedly in April, but he won’t stray far from the court in his new job. ESPN announced Monday it has hired Greenberg to be a studio analyst and call select games as part of the network’s college basketball coverage next season.

Before his tenure in Blacksburg ended, Greenberg was a guest analyst at ESPN during this past year’s NCAA tournament. He graduated from Farleigh Dickinson with a degree in broadcast journalism.

“I am excited and honored to be joining ESPN,” Greenberg said in a statement. “I look forward to using the relationships I have developed over 35 years of coaching college basketball to bring unique insights to the ESPN viewing audience.”

Greenberg spent nine years at Virginia Tech and compiled an overall record of 170-123, exceeding expectations when the Hokies initially joined the ACC. But he made the NCAA tournament just once and Virginia Tech athletic department officials decided they could no longer tolerate his abrasive style when Greenberg’s entire assistant coaching staff left for other jobs following the 2011-12 season ended.

Greenberg had previous stints as a head coach at Long Beach State and South Florida. He will be joined at ESPN by good friend and former Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl.

“Both Seth and Bruce bring a contemporary coaching perspective and a great ability to break down the action in an entertaining style,” said Mark Gross, a senior vice president and executive producer at ESPN.

Things That Make You Go…

(Sulejman Omerbasic/Demotix)
A competitor leaps from the 82-feet-high Old Bridge in Mostar during an annual dive contest in Bosnia.  

More Things That Make You Go…

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning looked right at home throwing in front of 4,371 Broncos fans a few days ago.

Pictures Of The Day

 The London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony held at the Olympic Stadium in London. (

Dong Dong of China, not kidding, the dude's name is Dong Dong.  Here, he competes in men's gymnastics trampoline qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. He won the gold medal so now Dong Dong is in the history books.  Nice, Dong, NICE!  (Mike Blake/Reuters) 

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