Capital’s Buckland advances

NOTEBOOK: Brodie Buckland, rowing for Australia, moves to men’s pair semifinals

Staff and wire reportsJuly 29, 2012 

Capital High School graduate Brodie Buckland, along with teammate James Marburg, finished second in Heat 2 of the men’s pairs in rowing Saturday at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at the London Olympics.

Buckland and Marburg, who are representing Australia, finished in a time of 6 minutes, 24.83 seconds. Canada won the heat in 6:23.80.

Buckland, who graduated from Capital in 2002, and Marburg advance to Wednesday’s semifinal. The finals are Friday.

TWITTER FEUD

U.S. goaltender Hope Solo went on a Twitter rant against former player Brandi Chastain for comments made during the broadcast of the Americans’ 3-0 win over Colombia at the Olympics.

Solo was unhappy with Chastain’s criticism of defender Rachel Buehler during the NBC telecast.

Chastain pointed out that a defender’s responsibilities are: “Defend. Win the ball. And then keep possession. And that’s something that Rachel Buehler actually needs to, I think, improve on in this tournament.”

Solo, a former Richland High and University of Washington star, rattled off four tweets about Chastain. Among them: “Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game.”

“I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute,” tweeted Solo, adding that she likes NBC soccer announcer (and former Sounders announcer) Arlo White.

Chastain is one of the top all-time defenders for the U.S. She is best known for taking off her jersey to celebrate the win over China in the 1999 World Cup final.

ELSEWHERE

A record-setting 40.7 million people watching NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies, topping the 39.8 million (1996 Atlanta). … When temperatures dropped into the 60s, Olympic beach volleyball players said bye-bye to their bikinis. Two-time defending gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor of the United States wore long-sleeved shirts on top of bikini bottoms.

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