Dartmouth’s Ramsey, US cruise to Olympic women’s rugby wins

  • Ariana Ramsey of the United States runs on her way to score a try, in the United States women's rugby sevens match against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) ap — Shuji Kajiyama

Staff Reports
Published: 7/29/2021 9:44:32 PM
Modified: 7/29/2021 9:44:36 PM

TOKYO — Dartmouth College senior Ariana Ramsey and the United States women’s rugby sevens team got off to a roaring start on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ramsey saw action in one of the Americans’ two victories in Pool C play. The Philadelphia native was on the substitutes’ bench as the U.S. turned a 7-7 halftime tie into a 28-14 win over China in its opener.

Ramsey got the start in the day’s second contest, providing a second-half try in a 17-7 win over Japan.

The U.S. meets fellow pool leader Australia in the final group match on Friday before moving on to knockout play.

ROWINGReckford fifth in final

TOKYO — Dartmouth graduate Molly Reckford teamed with Michelle Sechser to place fifth out of six pairs in the women’s lightweight double sculls final at Sea Forest Waterway.

Reckford and Sechser needed to win a repechage on Sunday just to make the final. They started slowly but eventually passed Romania to finish the 2,000-meter race in 6 minutes, 48.54 seconds.

Italy (6:47.54), France (6:47.68) and Netherlands (6:48.03) took the medal positions.

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