TOKYO, Japan – The swimming portion of the 2020 Olympic Games started Saturday from the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, and first up among the Auburn contingent was first-time Olympian Adriel Sanes swimming the men’s 100 breaststroke for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sanes, an incoming transfer from the University of Denver, finished third in his heat and 42nd overall with a time of 1:02.43 – narrowly missing his personal best (1:02.41), which is also the record for the fastest time in U.S. Virgin Islands’ history.
It was the first of two events Sanes is competing in at this year’s Olympics. He’s slated to swim the men’s 200 breaststroke on Tuesday with heats beginning at 5:50 a.m. CT.
In Friday’s Opening Ceremony, Sanes served as the flag bearer for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On the third day of round robin softball competition, Auburn assistant coach Emily Carosone and Team Italy fell to host country Japan, 5-0, at Yokohama Stadium.
Italy kept Japan scoreless through the first three innings before a two-run home run in the fourth broke the tie. Japan would extend its lead with three runs in the sixth.
Carosone, the first Olympian in Auburn softball program history, earned her third straight start for Team Italy at designated player. The former three-time All-American for the Tigers reached base safely once in her three plate appearances…