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Local Athletes Participating Around the Games

Jennifer Wu (AP)

Jennifer Wu (AP)


Several local Olympic athletes competed in the first day of Olympic competition, finding mixed success around the different Olympic disciplines.

Fort Lee’s Jennifer Wu found herself locked in a very tough match against Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm. After splitting the first two games, Wu and Ekholm were tied neck and neck throughout the third, until the Swede edged her. Wu fought back, tied it up at two games, but that was all the magic the 146th ranked player in the world could muster, as she would drop the next two games, dropping her out of the singles competition. This match came after she won her first round against Eva Odorova. However, she will have the chance to participate in the team event, which takes place on August 8th. Lily Zhang was the only American to survive the opening day of tennis matches.

Westhampton, New Jersey’s Kelsi Worrell disappointed in the 100m butterfly, finishing ninth in the semifinal, .03 seconds behind a time that would’ve put her in the final for the event. She had an outside shot at a medal, but she wasn’t able to turn on the gas when she needed to. Worrell has an outside shot at making the medley relay team as the butterfly leg, but that has yet to be decided. Syracuse native Dana Vollmer qualified for the final in that event, with the fourth fastest qualifying time. She will fight for a medal on August 8th.

Connor Jaeger of Fair Haven, NJ, finished just outside of the medal contention in the 400m freestyle race, finishing fifth place in the final event. He finished behind fellow American Connor Dwyer. Jaeger qualified into the finals with only the seventh best times, but he still rebounded for a decent result in the final. He will also compete in the 1,500m freestyle race later in the games, his strongest event.

In indoor volleyball play, Christa Dietzen of the American women participated in a dominating win over Puerto Rico, where they won three sets to none. Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan, CT, didn’t score in America’s loss in the men’s loss in water polo against defending Olympic champion Croatia. The U.S. led early, but after switching goalies halfway through, they were unable to hold the lead, and dropped the game 7-5. Tracy Eisser of Fair Lawn finished sixth place in the quadruple sculls, going into Monday’s repechage portion.

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Dan is a Staff Writer here at with a focus on Team USA and the Rio Olympics
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