Tracking every past and present Cyclone at the Olympics


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Iowa State senior guard Bridget Carleton is guarded under the hoop during the second half of the Iowa State vs. Baylor women’s basketball game Feb. 23, 2019, at Hilton Coliseum. The Lady Bears defeated the Cyclones 60-73 despite a surge from Iowa State in the second half.

Andrew Harrington

An updated look at the performances by Cyclone athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

July 24

Candelaria Herrera

Argentina’s women’s volleyball team started the Olympics off with a matchup with the United States. The United States defeated Argentina in straight sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-20) to open play for the pair of Pool B teams.

Current Iowa State player Candelaria Herrera started in each of the first two sets, recording three kills with a .400 efficiency percentage in her Olympic debut.

July 25

Ariana Orrego

Iowa State gymnast Ariana Orrego appeared in her second Olympics, becoming the first Cyclone gymnast to perform at the games. Orrego is also the first female gymnast to compete for Peru at the Olympics.

Orrego scored 13.433 on vault, 9.466 on uneven bars, 12.066 on balance beam and 12.066 on floor. These scores landed her in 74th place for the all-around, which was not enough to qualify for the finals.

This was certainly a tremendous experience for Orrego, Iowa State gymnastics and gymnastics in Peru.

July 26

Bridget Carleton

The Canadian women’s basketball team began play, facing off against Serbia in Group A. Canada won the third quarter by a score of 17-9 to tie the game with one quarter to play. In the end, Siberia was victorious, winning 72-68 in the team’s first game of group play.

Former Cyclone Bridget Carleton started for the team, playing just shy of 33 minutes — the second-most for Team Canada. Carleton recorded 7 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals during the game.

Candelaria Herrera

The Argentinian women’s volleyball team was defeated in straight sets by the Russian Olympic Committee (25-19, 25-15, 25-13). Herrera played during the final two sets of the match.

Herrera recorded one block during the match, but the team fell 0-2 in Pool B play. Argentina needs to finish in the top four out of six teams in Pool B in order to advance to bracket play.

July 28

Bridget Carleton

Carleton and Team Canada earned redemption after losing the opening game at the Olympics. Canada defeated the Republic of Korea by a score of 74-53.

Carleton put together a very strong performance with a team-leading 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. She shot a solid six for eleven from the field.

Canada needs to finish in the top eight of 12 total teams in order to reach bracket play, which became much more likely with this win.

Candelaria Herrera

Argentina women’s volleyball fell in straight sets for the third consecutive time to open play at the Olympics (25-21, 25-16, 25-15). Herrera started in the final set, recording one block for the team.

July 30

Hillary Bor

After finishing in seventh place at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Hillary Bor came to Tokyo hunting for a medal. He ran for Iowa State from 2007-11.

Bor competed in the third and final heat, which happened to be the slowest heat of the event. Despite winning the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Bor finished sixth in his heat with a time of 8:19.60.

This time was not good enough for Bor to advance to the final, and thus, his time in Tokyo has come to an end.

July 31

Candelaria Herrera 

Argentina’s women’s volleyball team was defeated in straight sets for the fourth consecutive time. This time around, Argentina was defeated by Turkey with set scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-18.

Herrera started in all three of the sets for the first time in Tokyo. Herrera recorded four kills and three blocks to highlight her best performance so far.

Argentina will play in its final match at the Olympics against China on Monday.

Bridget Carleton

The Canadian women’s basketball team fell 1-2 Saturday in Tokyo after losing to Spain. Former Cyclone Carleton earned another strong performance, scoring 9 points, six rebounds and four assists during the 76-66 loss.

Canada did not advance to bracket play after finishing outside of the top eight teams in group play.