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MM 8.9: Former Maryland athletes take home bronze from the Olympics

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Former Maryland women’s basketball forward Diandra Tchatchouang and former Maryland field hockey defender Grace Balsdon each won bronze medals in their respective sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tchatchouang represented Team France and helped defeat Serbia, 91-76 in the bronze medal game. She played for the Terps during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Three times during the 2010 season, Tchatchouang earned the ACC Rookie of the Week and finished her first year with the Terps No. 3 in the freshman record book with 44 blocks.

Balsdon represented Great Britain and scored the game-winning goal for her team as they defeated India, 4-3 to secure the bronze. Over the course of Great Britain’s run, the defender had three goals. As a Terp, Balsdon earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award following the 2016 season.

In other news

Former Maryland baseball star Brandon Lowe hit a grand slam against the Baltimore Orioles.

Maryland volleyball shared some photos ahead of the season.

Maryland men’s lacrosse looked back on its exciting season.

Former Maryland women’s lacrosse star Alex Aust had a quick goal in an Athletes Unlimited game.