PHILADELPHIA - With the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games taking place tonight in London, Penn will be on the watch for two alums competing in the Games during these next few weeks. We hope you will be, too!
Susan Francis C'04 is looking to add to her gold-medal collection as a member of the United States' Women's Eight in rowing; she won gold with the eight in Beijing. US Rowing lists Francia as sitting in the two seat in London.
Koko Archibong C'03, meanwhile, is a member of Nigeria's men's basketball team; the Nigerians are in Group A along with the United States, Argentina, France, Lithuania, and Tunisia. There are two six-team groups in basketball, so each team will play five group games. Following that, the top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinal round.
Here are their schedules for the Games:
Susan Francia (Women's Rowing)
Sunday, July 29 - heats, 11:50 a.m. (6:50 a.m. Eastern)
Tuesday, July 31 - repechage if necessary, 10:50 a.m. (5:50 a.m.)
Thursday, Aug. 2 - final, 12:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.)
Koko Archibong (Basketball)
Sunday, July 29 - Nigeria vs. Tunisia, 9 a.m. (4 a.m.)
Tuesday, July 31 - Nigeria vs. Lithuania, 2:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.)
Thursday, Aug. 2 - Nigeria vs. USA, 10:15 p.m. (5:15 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 4 - Nigeria vs. Argentina, 10:15 p.m. (5:15 p.m.)
Monday, Aug. 6 - Nigeria vs. France, 2:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.)
Nigeria must finish in the top four of its six-team group to qualify for the quarterfinal round, which will be played Wednesday, Aug. 8