New Jersey’s Olympians Shine in Rio – Four Golds, Three Silvers and One Bronze!

by Alice Magdziak • August 23, 2016 • Sports & LeisureComments (0)1694

We have all binged on Olympics on television over the last two weeks and they came to a close this weekend. Now it’s time to see how all our New Jersey Olympians fared.

We really raked in the medals as a state!  We got four gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal.

Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge helped her Women’s Gymnastics team win the team gold medal. She competed in the Vault, Floor Exercise and Balance Beam. Then, she went on to win an individual silver medal in the Balance Beam.

Ibthihaj Muhammad, Maplewood – Fencing Saber. Ibthihaj made it to the Round of 16 but lost to Cecilia Berder of France.

Dagmara Wozniak, Avenel – Fencing Saber. Dagmara made it to the Round of 32 but lost to Vassiliki Vougiouka of Greece.

Ibthihaj and Dagmara also fenced on the Women’s Sabre Team and won the bronze medal!

Nick Delpopolo, Westfield – 73kg Judo. Nick made it to the Quarterfinals where he lost to Sagi Muki of Israel.

Connor Jaeger, Fair Haven – Swimming freestyle. Connor won the silver medal in the 1500m Freestyle competition! He came in fifth in the 400m Freestyle finals earlier in the week.

Kelsi Worrell, Westhampton – Swimming butterfly. Kelsi came in fourth in her Semifinal which wasn’t enough to get her to the finals. She missed the finals but just .03 seconds!

Yue Jennifer Wu, Fort Lee – Table Tennis. Jennifer made it to the second round of play where she lost to Matilda Ekhom of Sweden.

Tracy Eisser, Fair Lawn – Rowing Quadruple Sculls. The US team made it to the Quadruple Sculls finals and came in fifth place.

Lauren Schmetterling, Moorestown – Rowing Women’s Eight. Lauren helped her team win the gold medal!!

Frank Molinaro, Barnegat – Wrestling 65kg. Frank lost in the quarterfinals to Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan who went on to win the silver medal.

Jordan Burroughs, Sicklerville – Wrestling 74kg. Jordan lost a heart-breaking match in the quarterfinals to Aniuar Geduev of Russia who would later win the silver medal.

Joe Maloy, Wildwood Crest – Triathalon. Joe finished in 23rd place in the finals.

Matt Emmons, Browns Mills – Shooting Rifle 50m Three Position. Matt came in 19th in the Qualifications Round and didn’t make the finals.

Sam Ojserkis, Linwood and Steve Kasprzyk, Cinnaminson – Rowing Men’s Eight. Sam and Steve helped the US to a fourth place finish in the finals.

Colton Brown, Piscataway – Judo -90kg. Colton lost to Alexandre Iddir of France in the Round of 16.

Shakur Stevenson, Newark – Boxing Bantamweight. Shakur took home a silver medal!

Kyrie Irving, West Orange – Basketball.  The Men’s Basketball team won the gold medal with help from Kyrie!

Rachel Dawson, Berlin and Michelle Vittese, Cherry Hill – Field Hockey. The Women’s Field Hockey team lost to Germany in the quarterfinals.

Robby Andrews, Manalapan – Track 1500m. Unfortunately, Robby was disqualified in the semifinals for stepping outside the track lanes on the final stretch of the race.

Ronnie Ash, Passaic – 110m Hurdles.  Unfortunately, Ronnie was disqualified in the finals for intentionally knocking down his last hurdle.

Jeff Porter, Somerset – 110m Hurdles. Jeff came in last in his semifinals heat and did not move on to the finals.

Christina Epps, Morristown – Triple Jump. Christina placed 15th in the qualification round and that did not allow her to move on to the finals.

Keturah Orji, Mount Olive – Triple Jump. Keturah made a new American Record jump but that only placed her Fourth in the finals.

English Gardner, Voorhees Township – Track 100m. English came in 7th in the finals for the 100m.  She also competed in the Women’s 4x100m relay and won a gold medal!

Marielle Hall, Haddonfield – Track 10000m. Marielle placed 33rd in the race.

Sydney McLaughlin, Dunellen – Track 400m hurdles. Sydney placed 17th overall in the semifinals which was not high enough to make it to the finals.

Ajeé Wilson, Neptune Township – Track 800m. Ajeé placed 12th in the semifinals which did not allow her to make the finals.

Tobin Heath, Basking Ridge and Carli Lloyd, Delran – Soccer. Shockingly, the US team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden.

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