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Former Stanford rower earns a pair of gold medals for U.S.

 

U.S. rower and recent Stanford graduate Elle Logan added more gold to her personal stash over the past two weekends, capturing gold medals with the U.S. Quad Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta two weeks ago then again with the U.S. Eight at the 2011 Samsung World Cup on Sunday.

At Henley, Logan and the U.S. Quad Sculls boat advanced through the bracket and defeated the 'B' entry from the Australian Institute of Sport in the final to capture the Princess Grace Challenge Cup.

At the World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, Logan and the U.S. Eight thrilled the crowd with a come-from-behind effort in the championship final to nip Canada just before the line for the gold.

The Canadian crew led from the starting blocks and held the first-place position over the first three-quarters of the course. The U.S. was in third after the opening 500 meters, but picked off the Dutch crew before the halfway point. With 500 meters to go, the U.S. was just under two seconds back of the Canadians.

Coming into the last 100 meters, the U.S. closed the gap with Canada, finally pulling past the boat and finishing just over a second ahead of the Canadian crew with a final time of 6:28.35 at the line to Canada's 6:29.41.

Logan and the U.S. team will now go into a final selection for the 2011 World Championships, set to be held in Bled, Slovenia in August.

Awards

Owen Marecic (football) and Sarah Flynn (lacrosse) were announced as Stanford's 2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners on Monday afternoon.

A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Also earning a medal was Menlo School grad Ben Hohl (water polo) of UCLA.

The Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of the Pac-12 Breakfast held in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Pacific Life Pac-12 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments next March.

The Tom Hansen Conference Medal was named in honor of Hansen, who served 26 years as commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference, retiring in June of 2009. The award was first named in his honor in 2008-09.

Here is a list of the 2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners:

Arizona: Brooks Reed (football) and Paige Weber (volleyball)

Arizona State: Anthony Robles (wrestling) and Kelcy McKenna (tennis)

California: Nathan Adrian (swimming) and Carli Lloyd (volleyball)

Oregon: Jordan Holmes (football) and Melissa Gergel (track and field)

Oregon State: Alex Linnenkohl (football) and Jill Sawatzky (volleyball)

Stanford: Owen Marecic (football) and Sarah Flynn (lacrosse)

UCLA: Ben Hohl (water polo) and Brittani McCullough (gymnastics)

USC: Murphy Troy (volleyball) and Lizette Salas (golf)

Washington: Scott Roth (track and field) and Venise Chan (tennis)

Washington State: Jeshua Anderson (track and field) and Marissa Tschida, (track and field)

Men's basketball

Head coach Johnny Dawkins has announced the addition of Juan Pablo Reggiardo to the program's support staff, serving as the team's Sports Performance Coach.

After serving the previous three seasons at LSU as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for former Cardinal coach Trent Johnson, Reggiardo is returning for his second stint on The Farm as he worked in the same capacity with the Stanford men's basketball program from 2004-08 under Mike Montgomery and Johnson.

Women's volleyball

Stanford alum Foluke Akinradewo helped guide the U.S. Women's National Team to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 win over Cuba on Saturday in the bronze-medal match of the 10th Women's Pan American Cup in Juarez, Mexico.

It was a repeat performance for the Americans, who also swept Cuba for a third-place finish in the 2010 Pan American Cup.

The U.S. reached one of its primary objectives of the tournament - berth into the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. By reaching the semifinals, the U.S. assured itself of qualification into the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top four NORCECA teams, Brazil and the top South American team other than Brazil in the final Pan American Cup standings earn berths into next year's World Grand Prix.

Akinradewo totaled 11 kills on 14 errorless attacks and two blocks for 13 points in the win. Team USA converted 59.5 percent of its attacks for kills as part of a .481 hitting efficiency. The U.S. limited its errors to eight for the entire match while holding a 47-35 advantage in kills and 9-6 margin in blocks.

— Stanford Sports Information

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