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Olympic roundup: Utah native Rhyan White finishes third overall to advance to women’s 200-meter backstroke finals

Rhyan Elizabeth White of the United States swims in a heat of the women’s 200-meter backstroke at the 2020 Summer Games,
Rhyan Elizabeth White of the United States swims in a heat of the women’s 200-meter backstroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. The Utah native advanced to the semifinals.
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Utah native Rhyan White qualified for the final of the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:07.28 in the semifinal race.

White finished third overall in the field of 18 swimmers, just behind Australia’s Emily Seebohm (2:07.09) and the USA’s Phoebe Bacon (2:07.10)

White shaved nearly an entire second from her qualifying round time of 2:08.23 earlier in the day, which got her to the semifinals.

The top eight overall swimmers from the two semifinals races advanced to the final, which will be broadcast live on NBC on July 30 at 7:37 p.m. MDT.

White will compete against Australia’s Seebohm and Kaylee McKeown, USA’s Bacon, Canada’s Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck, and China’s Liu Yaxin and Peng Xuwei in the final.

White is coming off a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke final.

Former BYU women’s rugby player Jordan Matyas scores five points as USA beat Japan and Australia, advance to quarterfinals

Former BYU women’s rugby player Jordan Matyas played 15 minutes and scored five points as the United States beat Japan in rugby sevens.

Matyas and the USA also beat Australia 14-12 to finish at the top of Pool C with an undefeated 3-0 record, sending the United States into the quarterfinals. Matyas played two minutes in the match.

The United States will play Great Britain in the quarterfinals on July 30 at 3:30 a.m. MDT.

Former BYU volleyball player Taylor Sander scores 18 points as Brazil beats USA

Former BYU volleyball player Taylor Sander had 18 points, but Brazil downed the United States 3-1 (30-32, 25-23, 25-21. 25-20) in pool play.

16 of Sander’s points came on spikes, with the other two on serves.

The United States is currently in third place in Pool B with a 2-2 record. The top four teams of each six-team pool advance to the quarterfinals.

In the final game of pool play, the USA will take on Argentina, who are 1-2, on August 1.

Up next

7/30, 3:30 a.m. MDT: Jordan Matyas (Team USA, former BYU rugby player), women’s rugby vs. Great Britain, quarterfinals.

7/30, 4 a.m. MDT: Eddy Alvarez (Team USA, former Salt Lake Community College baseball player), baseball vs. Israel.

7/30, 6 a.m. MDT: Leilani Mitchell (Team Australia, former Utah women’s basketball player), women’s basketball vs. China.

7/30, 7 a.m. MDT: Jake Gibb (Team USA, Utah native), men’s beach volleyball vs. Qatar.

7/30, 7 p.m. MDT: Rudy Gobert (Team France, Utah Jazz player), men’s basketball vs. Iran.

7/30, 7:37 p.m. MDT: Rhyan White (Team USA, Utah native), women’s swimming 200-meter backstroke finals.

7/30, 10:40 p.m. MDT: Miye Oni (Team Nigeria, Utah Jazz player), men’s basketball vs. Italy.