Matt McLean and Terrence Jennings bring Olympic medals back to Northern Virginia

August 13, 2012

Matt McLean looks at his time after winning his men's semifinal in the 200m freestyle during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha in June. His performance during the trials won him a spot on the relay team, and ultimately a gold medal. (JEFF HAYNES/REUTERS)

McLean swam a 200-meter leg of the 800-meter freestyle relay in the preliminary round, finishing almost 2.5 seconds ahead of the second-best team, setting up the Americans as the top seed in the finals. He was then replaced by some guys named Phelps and Lochte and did not swim in the finals, but he got gold for his key part.

In 68 kg taekwondo, Jennings lost his first match to eventual gold medalist Servet Tazegul of Turkey, but he came back to win his next two matches and snare the bronze.

Here is how the rest of NoVa’s Olympic delegation came out:

Nataly Arias, Alexandria — Soccer (Colombia): 0-3 in prelim round

Claire Hallissey, Arlington — Marathon (England): 57th place

Moise Joseph, Reston — Track (800 m) (Haiti): 6th in heat

Samyr Laine, Alexandria — Field (Triple jump) (Haiti): 11th place

Giuseppe Lanzone, Annandale — Rowing (eight): 4th place

Claire Laubach, Bristow — Field hockey: 12th place

Andy Najar, Alexandria — Soccer (Honduras), 1-2 in prelim round, lost in quarterfinals

Karen O’Connor, The Plains — Equestrian (Oldest U.S. Olympian): 9th place

Julie Zetlin, Arlington — Rhythmic gymnastics: 21st place

Kate Ziegler, Great Falls — Swimming (800 m free): 8th in heat

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
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