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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Olympics -- Lacrosse Accolades -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Has the exhaustion of watching or following the Olympics hit you yet? I've been trying to follow as much as I can which has included some late nights and, on the weekends, early mornings.

As of yesterday, Team USA was doing alright. Swimming typically brings in a lot of medals and they've contributed to a heavy amount of the then-14 medals (seven gold, three silver, four bronze). Team USA was second officially (the Olympics goes based off number of gold) with Japan having eight gold medals and China with six. In total medals, Team USA sat second with 14, but China had a slight lead with 18.

Here is the breakdown of the 14 medals as of yesterday afternoon Eastern Time:

Fencing: 1 gold

Shooting: 3 gold

Taekwondo: 1 gold

Skateboarding: 1 bronze

Swimming: 2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze

Note: Team USA had earned other medals before I had gone to bed, but to prevent confusion, it was easier to give the medal count from the end of Monday July 26.

Softball will earn either a gold or silver in their 7:00 A.M. ET game today. Swimming still has plenty more to go with a plethora of Americans competing. USA women's basketball faced Nigeria at 12:30 this morning in group play so hopefully Paulie can give us an update on that. Team USA continues group play in beach volleyball. Gymnastics has plenty of Americans ready to vie for a medal. Women's soccer concluded group play early this morning against Australia.

Oh yeah, that's not even half of the sports Team USA is competing in today. However, we have some UofL news to cover.

Lacrosse Accolades

Scott Teeter continues to build his program and some of his latest talented recruits earned some nice honors. Five incoming Louisville lacrosse players earned USA Lacrosse Girls' High School awards.

Bri Lang, Haley Reeck, and Marley Scott were named All-Americans. Lauren Figas was named the Jackie Pitts Award winner for Florida- South Atlantic Region. Tiffany Natoli joined Scott as being named Academic All-Americans.

Lang helped lead her high school to 2019 and 2021 Section Championships. A Section is similar to a District, for the Louisville area folks. Scott helped led her team to State Championships in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Reeck is a dual-sport athlete and was a team captain for lacrosse and soccer. Rigas helped her team to a State runner-up finish in 2019 and Section runner-up in 2021.

All five will be suited up in the spring for Teeter's squad and can help replace some important players that were recognized at Senior Day such as Caroline Blalock, Sarah Blalock, Ally Hall, Alex McNicholas, Shayla Scanlan, Maddie Birch, Jen Schaaf, Rachel Florek, and Allie Arcidiacono. A few of the recognized seniors have hinted at interest in returning next season with the extra year of eligibility.

The Cards finished the season ranked 24th in the country (out of 112 active teams) but failed to make the NCAA Tournament after a first-round exit to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.

Lacrosse is not currently an Olympic sport but has appeared five times in the Olympics, most recently in 1948. With the sport rapidly growing interest there have been rumors it could join the Olympics as soon as 2024 or 2028.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


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