Students semi final bound at Australian Uni Games

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Six Sydney University sporting teams will contest semi-finals tomorrow after another successful day at the 2012 Australian University Games, held in Adelaide.

On an incredibly dry day three of competition in the city of churches, Sydney Uni’s men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s water polo teams all moved one step closer to a medal after qualifying for the final four.  

Three other teams have qualified for quarter finals – AFL men, football women and hockey women – while several other teams are all but assured of a finals tilt in the coming days. They include women’s badminton, mixed handball, men’s rugby 7s, mixed touch, and men’s and women’s tennis.

Sydney Uni swimmers had a brilliant day in the pool today, as they added to their two medals yesterday, with an additional haul of six medals. Josh Beard (men’s 400m freestyle gold); men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay gold; Michelle Troup (men’s 50m freestyle silver); Stephen Parkes (men’s 50m butterfly silver); Emma Gray (women’s 50m butterfly silver); and Josh Shea (men’s 50m freestyle bronze) all won medals.

Sydney Uni’s cycling team added another two silver medals today, after Alex Wong and Gina Ricardo finished second in the men’s and women’s individual time trial vents, respectively. Both the men’s and women’s teams are coming second overall.

In the track and field, Sydney Uni Athletics Club (SUAC) athletes continued their march towards an overall first place finish after securing another four medals. The 4 x 400m women’s relay team (Anneleise Rubie, Eliza Barton, Jacqui Fry, Esther Muller) won gold; Lachlan Renshaw came second in the men’s 1500m; Keith Gregson finished third in the same race; while James Dooley grabbed bronze in the men’s decathlon.

A number of athletes qualified for tomorrow’s finals, including the men’s 4 x 100m relay; two athletes in the women’s 200m; and three representatives in the men’s 200m.   

In golf, the women’s team are still holding first position, and will head into the fourth and final round full of confidence after three very consistent days.

The men’s and women’s sailing team is sitting nicely in the top five, and their chances of a medal will come down to their performance in tomorrows final day of competition.   

For full results from Wednesday’s action, along with Thursday’s schedule, please click here.