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In the third day of official Olympic competition, two athletes with connections to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competed in the water and the hardwood. Plus, more on gymnast MyKayla Skinner’s experience at the Olympics.  


Rhyan Elizabeth White, 21, is going to the medal race in the 100-meter breaststroke after qualifying in the semifinals on Monday, July 26.  The top eight swimmers — four from each of the two heats — qualified for the finals. White, a Utah native who swims for the University of Alabama, was second in her heat and fourth overall with a time of 58.09 seconds.  

The 100-meter backstroke final is Tuesday, July 27.  


Team USA, including outside hitter Taylor Sander, faced the team from Russia on Monday, July 26, in the preliminary pool play. It’s the best three of five sets and Team USA lost 3-1, with scores of 25-23, 27-25, 21-25 and 25-23.  

Their next match is Wednesday, July 28, against Argentina. 

The volleyball teams are divided in groups or pools and play each member of the pool. Teams with the most wins in the pool games advance to the elimination rounds. 

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