Michigan Athletes Shine in Beijing

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-- Michael Phelps earned his fourth gold medal, winning the 200-meter butterfly in a world-record 1:52.03 seconds. Phelps, who has lived and trained in Ann Arbor in recent years, broke his own mark of 1:52.09 from last year's world championships.
-- Phelps earned his fifth gold medal, swimming the leadoff leg of the 800-meter freestyle relay and helping the U.S. to win in a world record 6:58.56.
-- Peter Vanderkaay also won gold as a member of the U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay squad. He is from Rochester and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006.
-- Phelps advanced to the semifinals in the 200-meter individual medley after winning his preliminary heat in 1:58:65.
-- Alison Gregorka and Betsey Armstrong, both of Ann Arbor, played in the U.S. women's water polo team's 9-9 tie with Italy. Armstrong is a 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan and Gregorka is a member of the Great Lakes Water Polo Club, based at the university's Canham Natatorium.
-- After seven races, Carrie Howe of Grosse Pointe and her two boatmates are in third place in women's Yngling.
-- Mike Hessman played in the U.S. baseball team's 8-7 loss to South Korea. Hessman plays third base for the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A club, the Toledo Mud Hens.
-- Katie Smith of the Detroit Shock played for the U.S. women's basketball team in its 97-41 victory over Mali.
-- Courtney King Dye of Freeland was in fourth place with a score of 70.458 after the first day of the Dresage Individual Grand Prix equestrian event.
-- Heather Mandoli of Canada and her boatmates finished first in their women's eight race, advancing to Sunday's medal race. Mandoli is a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan.

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