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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Millar at Front of US Volleyball, Dantzscher and Savickas Out

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- US Volleyball player Ryan Millar was second on the team, with 16 points as the US lost to Argentina in a disappointing preliminary game, called the biggest upset yet of the Olympics. Millar's performance was all but unstoppable as he tried to keep the US in the game. Meanwhile, Laura Berg, center fielder for the US softball team, witnessed one of the rarities of baseball-like sports as teammate Lori Harrigan pitched a perfect game, leading the US to defeat Canada 6-0. Berg went 1 for 3 during the game. Disappointingly, Lithuanian swimmer Arunas Savickas won his heat, but wasn't fast enough to qualify for the semifinals, loosing the opportunity by nearly 2 seconds. Jamie Dantzscher of the US Gymnastics team fared little better, failing to qualify for the individual competition and performing relatively poorly on the Vault and Floor Exercises, and not competing on the Uneven Bars or the Beam. She was last on the US team, which did qualify as a team. Results
Athlete Sport Country
Dantzscher, Jamie Gymnastics USA
Vault 9.325 #30 on Vault
Floor 8.8987 #59 on Floor
[Dantzscher was 89th overall and did not qualify individually because she didn't compete on the uneven bars or the beam. If she performs again, it will only be as part of the US team, which qualified.]
Savickas, Arunas Swimming Lithuania
200m Freestyle, qualifying1:52.02  
[Savickas won his heat, but was nearly 2 seconds off the qualifying times because nearly every swimmer in heats after his were faster.]
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. Canada USA wins 6-0 1 hit in 3 at Bats
[This game will be memorable because Berg's teammate, Lori Harrigan, pitched a perfect game, the first ever in Olympic Softball.]
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
USA v. Argentina USA loses 1-3 16 pts, W 13, Atts 20, Bib 9

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Monday, September 18, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. Cuba   10:30 am
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
USA v. Russia   6:00 pm
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Kenya   12:30 pm

The following is the list of Mormon athletes competing in the games that we know about. If you know of an additional athlete, please let us know!
Athlete Sport Country
Andam, Kenneth Track &FieldGhana
Baird, Marsha Track &FieldTrinidad
Berg, Laura Softball USA
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
Dantzscher, Jamie Gymnastics USA
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Pratt, Robby Track &FieldMexico
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
Savickas, Arunas Swimming Lithuania
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA


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