Aug. 15, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” With the Rio Games reaching week number two, the team competitions are heating up and a pair of former Irish stars, each playing with Team Canada in their respective sports, will play in important games on Tuesday.
Melissa Tancredi and Team Canada take on Germany in the women’s soccer semifinals on Tuesday. Tancredi will be looking to secure her second Olympic medal, having helped lead Canada to the bronze in 2012.
After finishing third in Group B, Natalie Achonwa and Team Canada have advanced to the quarterfinals to play France on Tuesday, August 16.
Yesterday | August 14
–Monty Williams and the USA men’s basketball team closed out preliminary play with a narrow 100-97 win against France to finish Group A play with a 5-0 record. Team USA will now play a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, August 17 (opponent and time TBD).
–Natalie Achonwa and the Canadian women’s basketball team fell to Spain, 73-60, in their final game of pool play.
–A day after posting the third-fastest time in her qualifying heat (51.43), Margaret Bamgbose ran a 51.92 in the semifinals of the 400m dash and placed seventh in her semifinal heat.
Today | August 15
–No current/former Notre Dame student-athletes are in action.
Tomorrow | August 16
–Melissa Tancredi and Team Canada take on Germany in the women’s soccer semifinals at 3:00 p.m. (NBC Sports Live Extra). Tancredi will be looking to secure her second Olympic medal, having helped lead Canada to the bronze in 2012.
–After finishing third in Group B, Natalie Achonwa and Team Canada have advanced to the quarterfinals to play France on Tuesday, August 16.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).