Stanford senior Massialas helps USA earn fencing bronze


Stanford senior Alexander Massialas recorded the final touch and the U.S. Olympic men's fencing team earned the bronze medal in foil, beating Italy, 45-31, in the third-place match.

Massialas also earned a medal in the individual foil event.

Alexander Massialas

Helena Scutt
The Americans lost to eventual gold medalists Russia in the semifinals.

Table Tennis

Team USA fell, 3-0, to European powerhouse Germany in the first round in the team event.

"I think we played well knowing that we had a really tough opponent," U.S. coach Massimo Constantini said. “When you compare the world ranking, they are in the top-30 and we are in the 100s, we knew we had limitations but I'm really happy in their performances and play. They really tried. I can tell in their face. I can tell in their muscles. You can tell when they give up but you can also tell when they are trying."

Palo Alto's Lily Zhang faced a tough test. She was matched against Shan Xiaona, ranked 21st in the world. Zhang's speed and dexterity in game one was impressive and she pushed her opponent throughout with fast paced rallies and great topspin acceleration in her close table backhand countering game. The German won a tight 11-9.

From there, Xiaona picked up momentum and showed her experience and speed, playing strong setups and hammering home forehands from all across the table. Unfortunately Lily was unable to stay in the match despite her best efforts.

Women's rowing

In the finals of the pairs, Great Britain's undefeated Helen Glover and Heather Stanning led the field the length of the course and won the gold in 7:18.29. New Zealand won silver in 7:19.53, and Denmark took bronze in 7:20.71.

The U.S. team of Stanford grad Grace Luczak and Felice Mueller finished fourth in 7:24.77.

“I feel like we could have had a much better race. It was some great competition," Luczak said. “I don't think we put our best performance out there. We had a good start to the race. But, it's the Olympics, so everyone is bringing a lot."

Men's rowing

Menlo-Atherton grad Seth Weil and his teammates won the 'B' Final of the men's four in 5:59.20 Friday at Lagoa Stadium in the Rio Olympics.

“This one obviously hurts a lot for obvious reasons, but by the same token, to be anything other than 100 percent grateful would be unfathomably disrespectful to the people who helped us get here," Weil said. “Yeah, I mean, it hurts, but I'm the luckiest person in the world to even be able to attempt it. The fight is to just refuse to let the disappointment overshadow the opportunity."

The Americans finished seventh overall. Great Britain won the gold medal with a time of 5:58.61. The U.S. was the only other boat under six minutes in the finals.


With 12 races completed over four days of sailing, the women's RS:X fleet did not advance to the medal races.

“Although I do wish I had more time to train leading up to the regatta, I'm happy with the way I raced given the skill set that I had," said Marion Lepert, an engineering student at Stanford University who had to balance her studies with training. “I truly gave it my all, and I have no regrets. The Rio bay was an incredibly beautiful and challenging place to race, and I will hold fond memories of my experiences here."

Lepert finished 16th overall, and four of her 12 races were impressive top-ten finishes.

Women's 49erFX sailors Paris Henken and Stanford's Helena Scutt rose as high as third place in Race 1, but their move towards the left side of the 2nd upwind leg did not pay off, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games bronze medalists finished 13th.

Men's water polo

The U.S. fell to Montenegro, 8-5, Friday and with it, lost its medal hopes with just one game to play in group action.

Josh Samuels scored two goals to lead the offense with Merrill Moses stopping seven shots in net.

The United States remain in fifth place in Group B action at 1-3 having lost matches to the two teams ahead in Spain and Montenegro. Only the top four teams advance to the quarterfinal round from each group. Team USA returns to action on Sunday against Italy.


Stanford's Kassidy Cook scored a 327.75 on the 3-meter springboard to easily qualify for Saturday's semifinal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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