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OT loss can’t damper skills camp experience for Viking men

tayvian johnson at girls camp

Sophomore Tayvian Johnson and his teammates put on a skills camp for the girls at the Scola Divinito Salvador School.

Wednesday in Jundiai started out with a trip to the supermarket that was an eye-opening experience for all of us. With no one there to translate we had to struggle through the check out without Portuguese being spoken (at least by us).

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For Viking women, real fun comes after the game

Well, we’ve done it again.

We have our second win of this Brazil trip and have just one more to go!  Today’s game was by far a highlight of this trip.

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Viking women enjoy relaxing day ahead of Game 2

Well we’ve had a great couple of days here in Rio.  After a fabulous buffet dinner last night in our hotel, today we have a relaxing day.  The sun is out, and we have a game so we’ll be hanging out by the pool, getting nice tans and preparing to get a win.

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Viking men ‘keep coming’ for win, pizza

What an unbelievable time for the Augustana basketball program. After about a 10-hour flight from Chicago to Sao Paulo, we made it in one piece. Dan Jurgutis overcame his anxiety of long plane rides, and Tayvian Johnson took the first flight of his life.

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Junior Mark Roth

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Women’s team ventures onto Sugar Loaf Mountain

After a great first night here in Rio we woke up to a wonderful breakfast in our hotel. Breakfast proved to be very delicious and soon after we took a bus and a tour guide to Sugar Loaf Mountain.

chaney tambling
Senior Chaney Tambling

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Viking women soak in opening victory in Brazil

Well we’ve finished up our first day here in Rio with a 62-44 Augustana win!

We played a Brazilian team from the Club Municipal in Rio and played in a stadium full of both students and other Brazilian fans.  We got a chance to talk to several groups of students and understand a little bit more of their culture.

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Viking men depart O’Hare without a hitch

Well here we are, sitting in the airport about to board the plane. Everyone drove in safely and on time, coming from around Chicago and the Quad Cities. Well everyone except Jake Norcia. He ended up at the wrong terminal, but eventually he found his way through the airport and met up with us.

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Women ready for first Brazilian game

women's basketball on brazilian beachAfter getting some much needed sleep, the team set out to find a restaurant for lunch.  After eating our first meal, we walked about 5 minutes to the beach.

chaney tambling
Senior Chaney Tambling

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Women’s basketball team touches down in Rio

women's basketball team at airport

Aug. 5

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Much-anticipated trip arrives for men’s basketball team

men's basketball team

Excited does not even begin to describe what our team is feeling. Not only have we been looking forward to this all summer, but also since the coaches started recruiting us. I remember the first time I met Coach Grey Giovanine. The first thing he showed me was all of Augustana’s championship rings, followed by pictures and stories from their previous international trips to Europe, Ireland and Asia.

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