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UPDATE: LamOlympians Shining In the Water, On Top of It

Lamorinda's Natalie Coughlin, Peter Varellas and Anthony Fahden are all doing well so far in the London Olympics. Heather Petri’s first water polo game in London is today.

It’s Day 3 of the Summer 2012 Olympics, and athletes representing Lamorinda are already winning, both in and on the water.

Lafayette’s Natalie Coughlin won her 12th medal this Saturday, tying for the most medals won by an American woman.

While she did not swim in the final relay, she received the bronze medal because of her participation in the preliminaries on Saturday morning.

Coughlin could have the chance to win her 13th medal this Friday in the 4x100-meter medley, depending on the coaches’ decision of who will swim in the race.

On Sunday, Peter Varellas of Moraga scored three goals in the water polo game against Montenegro. The U.S. men’s water polo team won 8-7.

Acalanes graduate Anthony Fahden of Lafayette, finished last in Saturday’s Lightweight Men’s Four race along with Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.), Nick LaCava (Weston, Conn.) and William Newell (Weston, Mass.).

However, the boat came back in the race on Sunday, where they came in first, qualifying them for the semifinals.

“I think we were just lucky our bad day was early in the regatta and hopefully we don’t have any more,” said Fahden on the U.S. Rowing website.

Orinda’s Heather Petri is set to play in the women’s water polo match against Hungary today, Monday, at 11:40 a.m. 

bcrane1 July 31, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Of all the pictures of all the local athletes, that's the one you went with? Natalie baking.
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Sorry, bcrane, most of the pictures are under copyright and we don't have a Lamorinda Patcher in London. We actually looked for a Youtube Clip we thought would be more representative but they are also protected under network broadcast restrictions.

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