OLYMPIC Notebook

That was a close call for Amy Fuller and the U.S. women's eight crew in the repechage Wednesday.

Fuller, who graduated from Westlake High, and her teammates waited until the last 100 meters before making their move and catching Canada to win the repechage and reach the finals on Sunday.

The Americans, who beat the Canadians by .32 of a second, are the favorites to win their first gold medal at a boycott-free Olympics.

AREA ATHLETES COMPETING TODAY:

Gail Castro, Glendale, beach volleyball

David Collins, Thousand Oaks, rowing

Sheila Cornell, Taft High, softball vs. Canada

Bob Ctvrtik, Pepperdine, volleyball vs. Cuba

Denny Fercho, Ventura, team handball vs. Russia

Kim Maher, Ventura, softball vs. Canada

Jim Parque, La Crescenta, baseball vs. Japan

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