With the 2020 Summer Olympics kicking off, there is no shortage of Pennsylvania athletes to root for in Japan this month. The abc27 news team is tracking five Central Pennsylvania athletes in the summer games, as well as, Harrisburg-born Jen Brady (women’s tennis).
Women’s Soccer, Lancaster
Abby Dahlkemper is a defender on the U.S. women’s soccer team. The 28-year-old Lancaster Native plays professionally in Europe.
US Women’s Soccer lost its first pool play game against Sweden, but rebounded with a 6-1 victory over New Zealand on Saturday. Against Australia on Tuesday, July 27, the match ended in a draw 0-0.
The United States does advance to the quarterfinals off the 1-1-1 record in pool play with a plus-3 goal differential. The US lost to Canada in the semifinal for a shot at the gold medal game, instead the women will play for bronze.
- Thursday, August 5 at 4 a.m.: USA vs. Australia (bronze medal match)
Swimming, Spring Grove
Hali Flickinger will swim for Team USA in her second Olympics. The Spring Grove native also swam in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Flickinger won her first Olympic medal of her career in the 400 individual medley on Saturday, July 24. She will also compete in the 200m butterfly; she is one of the favorites to win that event. On Wednesday, July 28, Flickinger won bronze in the 200 meter Butterfly Finals.
It was Flickinger’s second medal of the Tokyo Olympics and her career. She has concluded competition for the 2020 summer games.
Women’s Recurve Archery, Lancaster
Casey Kaufhold is a 17-year-old archer from Lancaster County. The Conestoga Valley student won a bronze medal in the individual recurve event in the 2019 Pan American Games.
Her parents own Lancaster Archery Supply Store. Her father was a member of the U.S. archery team, and her brother competes in college.
The Women’s Recurve archery team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Russia 6-0 on Sunday, July 25.
On Tuesday, July 27, Kaufhold won 7-3 over Spain’s de Velasco in the round of 32 eliminations. She lost in the round of 16 eliminations 6-2 to Japan’s Ren Hayakawa.
Men’s Volleyball, Chambersburg
Chambersburg’s Mitch Stahl is one of 12 men on the Team USA Volleyball roster. The 26-year-old is competing in his first Olympic games.
He won a state championship in 2012 with Chambersburg, played Division I volleyball at UCLA.
Men’s Volleyball won its first pool play match against France in straight sets. In the second pool play match against Russia, the men’s team mounted a comeback but fell in four, 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23. The men’s team defeated Tunisia in its third pool play game, 3-1.
In it’s fourth Pool B game, Team USA fell to world No. 1 Brazil, 3-1. Stahl contributed six points off the bench. In it’s final pool game, the US fell to Argentina 3-0, ending the men’s medal hopes quickly.
Greco-Roman Wrestling, Fawn Grove
John Stefanowicz looks to represent Kennard-Dale High School in Greco-Roman Wrestling. His story is one of the more intriguing, as he did not make states in high school wrestling and did not compete in college wrestling.
Stefanowicz is currently serving as a Marine. He competes in the 87 kilogram weight class.
The Kennard-Dale grad fell in his opening round match and was later eliminated.
On Saturday, July 24, Jennifer Brady lost her opening match to Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-2. Brady had been battling an injury the past few months that forced her to retire from Wimbledon.