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U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team Is Tokyo Bound & Swimming Nationals Don't Disappoint – 12 Things We Learned

By Kara Tanner | Aug. 05, 2019, 2:26 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. women's volleyball team celebrates qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 4, 2019 in Bossier City, La.


It was another incredible week for Team USA athletes. The U.S. women’s volleyball team qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Breeja Larson and Ryan Lochte made comebacks at swimming national championships and the USWNT kicked off its Victory Tour at the Rose Bowl. Plus, Team USA athletes competed at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Tokyo Bound

1. The U.S. women’s volleyball team is headed to Tokyo after defeating Argentina 3-0 on Sunday. Team USA’s Jordan Thompson led the tournament with 16 points. 



2. The U.S. equestrian eventing team also secured a team quota spot to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after winning gold at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. 



Swimming Superstars

3. Don’t count him out. Ryan Lochte has still got it. This past weekend, Lochte won his first national title in five years in the men’s 200-meter individual medley, just a day after turning 35, at the Phillips 66 National Championships, part of the Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. 



4. Breeja Larson is back! After a six-month break from competing, Larson showed up to national championships with only one thing on her mind…a comeback. After a close finish, Larson is headed home a national champion in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.

5. Look out, world! Shaine Casas and Luca Urlando are making waves as two of Team USA’s rising stars…and they’re still teenagers. Casas is now one of the world’s fastest backstrokers after his amazing performance at national championships, and Urlando is now the national champion in the 200-meter butterfly just one month after breaking a Michael Phelps' record. 

Looking Back At Lima


6. The U.S. women's artistic gymnastics team is squad goals. 


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7. And this dynamic duo was absolutely unstoppable. Caroline Dolehide and Usue Arconada didn’t lose a single set on their way to winning gold in the women’s doubles tennis.

Caroline Dolehide and Usue Arconada celebrate at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 3, 2019 in Lima, Peru.


8. "I’m so grateful to be here. I love representing the USA." - Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes and Cole Robbins made surfing history, and brought home bronze medals for Team USA at the Pan American Games. 

The Celebration Continues 

9. The USWNT’s Victory Tour is off to a great start after a 3-0 win over Ireland. The first stop of the victory tour was the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where the USWNT won the 1999 Women's World Cup title. 

10. Christen Press is a dream chaser. Press started the game off right with a perfect floating pass to Tobin Heath, who scored the first goal in the 16th minute.



11. We can’t get over this squad photo. The G.O.A.T with the other G.O.A.T. 



12. Oh yeah, and we can’t forget…Mallory Pugh is our new favorite quarterback.