Some Louisville Olympic flavor
Several events during the London Olympics, which begin on Friday with opening ceremonies, will have a University of Louisville flavor.
Former University of Louisville All-American women’s basketball player Angel McCoughtry and four U of L swimmers will be vying for gold medals during the Olympics, which runs through Aug. 12.
U of L swimming coach Arthur Albiero will also be part of the Olympic Games as an assistant swimming coach for Portugal.
McCoughtry has the best shot for a gold medal. She will be part of the heavily favored Women’s U.S. Olympic basketball team.
During her time at U of L, McCoughtry became the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder and helped the Cardinals to the 2009 national title game. She went on to be the No. 1 pick and Rookie of the Year in the WNBA for the Atlanta Dream.
She was part of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2010 World Championships.
Albiero helped on the staff with Romania in 2008. He’ll be on the Portugal staff this year and will help coach two of his former swimmers.
Carlos Almeida will swim the 100-meter breaststroke for Portugal. He was the 2012 NCAA champion in the 200 breaststroke and runner-up in the 100 for U of L.
Pedro Oliveira will swim the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke for Portugal. He won the Big East title in the 200 backstroke and 400-medley relay.
Two current U of L swimmers are also in the Olympics.
Joao De Lucca is a current junior at U of L and will swim the 400-meter freestyle relay for Brazil. He was a six-time Big East champion in 2012.
Eszter Povaszay will swim the 100-meter backstroke for Hungary. She is a senior-to-be and won the 100 backstroke in the Big East Conference.
Mexican soccer star to U of L
U of L women’s soccer coach Karen Ferguson-Daves has added a star to her roster with the signing of Mexican National team member Charlyn Corral.
A native of Mexico City, Corral is a forward who was on the 2011 Mexican National team that played in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. She was also a three-time member of Mexico's U20 World Cup squad.
“Charlyn is obviously one of the most decorated players in Mexico and one of our most experienced recruits at the national team level,” Ferguson-Dayes said in a release by the school. “She will be able to make an immediate impact.”
Corral has been competing for Mexico’s national team since she was 11.
She comes to U of L with two years of eligibility left after transferring from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Cards fare well in Kentucky Open
There were four U of L players in the top 15 at the Kentucky Women’s Open last week at the Champion Trace Club in Nicholasville, Ky.
Tara Lyons finished third in the event after a two-day total of 146, while Emily Haas was fourth after a 147. Candice Wiley finished in 10th place with a 150 and Katie Petrino was tied for 13th at 152.
*Wiley also qualified last week for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which will be played Aug. 6-12 at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio.