Van der Vaart Gets Silver, DiGiacomo Gets Olympic Bronze
By ODU Athletics
Aug. 26, 2004
ATHEN, GREECE - Former Old Dominion University field hockey players Macha van der Vaart ('91) and Marina DiGiacomo ('01) picked up olympic medals today. Van der Vaar got silver as the Netherlands lost to Germany, 2-1 and Digiacomo, a two-time All-American and four time CAA Player of the Year got bronze as Argentina beat China, 1-0. ODU sailor Charlie Ogletree ('89) along with John Lovell are just three points behind the leader with one race left. Van der Vaart helped lead ODU to the 1990 NCAA National championships as she scored four goals in the Lady Monarchs 5-0 win over North Carolina. She also earned All-Tournament honors. She scored 35 goals that year. DiGiacomo helped lead the Lady Monarchs to two NCAA National Championships, the last in 2000. The two-time All-American and four- time CAA Player of the Year finished her career with 414 career points. Marina is also one of six Lady Monarchs to be selected a Honda Award winner as the nation's top player. In sailing, USA's Tornado sailors John Lovell and former ODU All-American Charlie Ogletree all but secured themselves at least a silver medal today when they won the first of two races and followed up with a second-place finish. With one race to go on Saturday, Aug. 28 they are now in second overall, only three points behind the Austrians, who are the only ones that could keep the USA from gold. "We won the start in the first race and got a good jump on the fleet immediately," said Lovell, who led at every mark of the course. "In the second race, we did the same thing but started consolidating - covering the guys we needed to cover," in particular Austria and Argentina- and finished second." "Saturday it's one big race for gold," said Ogletree, who counts the Austrians as one of the fastest Tornado teams in the world. "It's not going to be easy. Today they were in tenth and we thought `we've got them, but then, in both races, they grinded back."
TOP FIVE TORNADO STANDINGS 1. Roman Hagara/Hans Steinacher (Austria) 33 pts 2. Charlie Ogletree/John Lovell (USA) 36 3. Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola (Argentina) 45 4. Daren Bundock/John Forbes (Australia) 50 5. Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen (Netherlands) 55