World University Games: Georgia alum Rogers vaults to gold
Georgia alumna Brittany Rogers claimed gold with a victory in the women’s vault final at the World University Games Wednesday.
The two-time Olympian for Canada averaged 14.250 points in her two vaults to win by more than a quarter of a point over Russia’s Liliia Akhaimova and Maria Paseka.
Rogers scored the top overall vault of the competition, counting a 5.4 difficult and 9.1 execution for a score of 14.500.
It was the second medal for Rogers in the 2017 Games after Team Canada took silver in the team competition.
Rogers also placed fifth in the balance beam final, scoring a 13.266.
UCLA’s Pauline Tratz, competing for Germany, took fifth in the floor exercise with a score of 13.066 for her routine.
NCAA athletes at the World University Games have hauled a fair share of medals.
Gold – 9 | Silver – 10 | Bronze - 5
What to watch
Watch tape-delayed USA Team events from the World Unviersity Games on CBS Sports Network and select events live at livestream.com/FISU.
CBS Sports Network broadcast schedule:
Wednesday, Aug. 23
10 a.m. ET – Diving: Women’s platform semifinals
11 a.m. ET – Diving: Synchronized mixed finals
12 p.m. ET - Swimming
Thursday, Aug. 24
10 a.m. ET – Track and field
1 p.m. ET – Men’s basketball: USA vs. Chile
The last 24 hours
Baseball: The United States, represented by the University of Iowa, suffered its first defeat of the World University Games, an 11-5 loss to Japan Wednesday.
A strong start from freshman pitcher Jack Dreyer and a three-run home run by Matt Hoeg put the USA on top 3-0 after the second, but Japan roughed up the USA bullpen.
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Japan scored an unearned run in the fourth before Keita Nakagawa connected for a grand slam against Kyle Shimp in the fifth.
The Americans finished Pool B play with a 2-1 record, advancing to the medal round as the No. 2 seed.
Men’s basketball: Vincent Edwards hit eight of 12 field goal attempts for 22 points to lead Purdue’s 104-75 victory over the Czech Republic.
Representing the United States in men’s basketball, the Boilermakers improved to 3-0 in World University Games preliminary play.
Isaac Haas scored 17 points while Ryan Cline and Carsen Edwards each added 12.
New Orleans alum Erik Thomas scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Argentina over Estonia, 78-65, to move into second place in Pool C.
Rice graduate turned Florida grad student Egor Koulechov amassed a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds to pace Israel in its 89-72 victory over Australia. Israel improved to 2-1 in Pool D while Australia fell to 1-2.
Winthrop’s Xavier Cooks and Miami’s Dejan Vasiljevic each scored 13 to lead the Aussies.
Women’s basketball: Ieshia Small scored 17 points and Kaila Charles dropped 15 with 11 rebounds as Maryland cruised past the Czech Republic, 73-52, to finish first in Pool C and advance the USA to the medal round.
The American trailed 17-15 after the first quarter but piled on points with a 24-15 advantage in the second and 20-3 domination of the third.
Australia fell to Russia, 63-58, for its first defeat in pool play. Wake Forest’s Alex Wilson scored a team-high 15 points.
The Aussies finished preliminary rounds with a 2-1 record to advance to the medal bracket.
Canada fell to Japan, 85-65, in the battle for first in Pool B. Utah’s Paige Crozon scored a game-high 16 points.
Ball State grad Nathalie Fontaine and Florida’s Paulina Hersler powered Sweden past Chile, 82-39, in Pool A. Fontaine totaled 15 points and eight rebounds and Hersler scored 11 points.
Diving: Northwestern’s Olivia Rosendahl (USA) took eighth and Purdue’s Emily Meaney (USA) was 10th in the women’s platform final. Rosendahl scored 279.50 points while Meaney totaled 269.50.
Fencing: The United States women took silver in team epée after a nailbiting 45-44 battle against Ukraine. The team, comprised of Princeton’s Anna Van Brummen, Katharine Holmes and Catherine Nixon and Penn State’s Barbara Van Benthuysen, collected the first fencing medal for the USA in this year’s Universiade.
Swimming: Emory University’s Andrew Wilson (USA) won his second gold of the World University Games with a 2:08.45 finish in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Wilson outpaced Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandinby 1.25 seconds for the victory.
Wilson also won gold in Sunday’s 100-meter breaststroke.
Texas alum Will Licon (USA) finished seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.75.
Penn State’s Shane Ryan held off North Carolina State’s Justin Ress (USA) for the victory by .01 seconds in the men’s 50-meter backstroke, claiming a gold medal for Ireland, the country’s first medal in the 2017 Universiade.
Georgia’s Taylor Dale finished fourth.
The USA women just missed the top of the podium, finishing .04 seconds behind Russia in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Team Canada, which included five NCAA athletes, finished fifth.
Missouri’s Hannah Stevens (USA) took silver in the women’s 100-meter backstroke, just .09 seconds off the pace of gold medalist Sian Whittaker of Australia.
North Carolina State’s Alexia Zevnik (Canada), Michigan’s Alexandrea De Loof (USA) and Tennessee’s Kira Toussaint (Netherlands) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Stanford’s Ella Eastin (USA) captured silver with her second-place finish in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Eastin clocked a 2:11.12, 1.09 seconds shy of Yui Ohashi’s (Japan) winning mark.
California’s Sarah Darcel (Canada) took fifth and Stanford’s Brooke Forde (USA) finished seventh.
North Carolina State’s Hannah Moore (USA) earned the bronze medal in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle, finishing in 16:11.68.
Arizona’s Justin Wright (USA) swam sixth in the men’s 200-meter butterfly final.
Tennis: UCLA’s Martin Redlicki and Logan Staggs compiled three victories for the USA on Wednesday. The duo paired for a 2-0 doubles first-round victory against Slovenia’s Ziga Papez and Domen Vertot.
Redlicki swept his third-round singles opponent, Sweden’s Pierre Bonfre, in straight sets while Staggs claimed his singles win over Thailand’s Pol Wattanakul, 2-1, after dropping a first-set tiebreaker.
Fellow Bruins Terri Fleming and Jada Hart bowed out of the women’s singles third round. Fleming fell 2-0 to Japan’s Haruka Kaji and Hart lost a third-set tiebreaker and match to India’s Bhuvana Kalava.
The pair will continue in women’s doubles and Hart will team with Redlicki in mixed doubles.
Track and field: Tiffin University alum Coy Blair finished eighth in the men’s shot put final while USA teammate Cameron Cornelius of Houston finished 12th.
Portugal’s Francisco Belo took gold in the event with a personal best put of 20.86 meters. Blair’s best distance of 18.98 meters came on his third attempt.
Washington senior Izzi Batt-Doyle (Australia) ran seventh in the women’s 10,000 meters. Batt-Doyle finished in 34:32.12, just over a minute off the winner’s pace.
Women’s volleyball: The United States women lost to Thailand, 3-2, finishing third in Pool C and out of medal contention. The Americans will enter a classification round to determine final placing.
Men’s water polo: The United States could not hold off Italy, falling 12-9 in the round of 16.
Pacific’s Luis Araya led the Americans with three goals and Long Beach State’s Nolan McConnell added two.
The United States next faces Romania in the 9 through 16 classification bracket.
The next 24 hours
Women’s golf begins the first of four rounds Thursday. Stanford’s Andrea Lee, Texas’ Emilee Hoffman and UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano will represent the United States.
Six medals are up for grabs in track and field events, including the men’s and women’s 100-meter dash titles.
Redlicki and Staggs continue in the single portion of men’s tennis with both advancing to the round of 16. Redlicki and Hart will also team up as mixed doubles begins.
In the pool, three diving medals and four swimming medals on the line.
Women’s soccer continues with quarterfinals and consolation action. The United States women face South Africa with the winner advancing to the medal semifinals to play either Mexico or Japan.