Friday, August 8, 2008

THE ACC IN THE OLYMPICS

NEWS FLASH: The University of North Carolina leads all ACC schools in the number of athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics. The Tar Heels are runaway winners with 20 athletes taking up the gold medal chase. Sixteen of them will represent the good ol’ U.S. of A. and the other four will play for the Bahamas, Haiti, Canada and India.

Florida State comes in second with ten athletes and two coaches. Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia each have eight participants, and Wake Forest and Maryland are sending seven. Miami is sending six, and only one is representing U.S.A. Likewise, Virginia Tech is only sending four with only Queen Harrison playing for the home team while her school chums are wearing Mali, Turkey and Latvia’s colors.

Duke is sending five total including Coach K. N.C. State has but three total (one coach) and Boston College sends a soccer player and sailor into the mix.

A total of 90 former and current student-athletes and coaches from the ACC will participate. ACC student-athletes and coaches will participate in 15 medal-awarding sports for 23 countries' Olympic Teams. Fifty will represent the United States. Eleven ACC student-athletes are among the 16-member roster of the USA Olympic Field Hockey Team. (OK, we’ll fess up, 12 of UNC’s 20 athletes play either soccer (7) or field hockey (5).)

To no one’s surprise, the ACC has three players on the Men’s Basketball team – Chris Paul (Wake), Chris Bosh (one-and-done at GT) and Carlos Boozer (UNJD). Maryland’s Sarunas Jasikevicius and Wake’s Darius Songalia will pay for Lithuania.

A complete school-by-school list is as follows:

BOSTON COLLEGE: Charlie Davies Soccer (M) Athlete United States and Carrie Howe Sailing (W) Yngling crew United States.

CLEMSON: Shawn Crawford Track & Field (M) 200 meters United States, Stuart Holden Soccer (M) Athlete United States, Itay Magidi Track & Field (M) 3000m Steeplechase Israel, Cowin Mills Track & Field (M) 4x400m relay Trinidad & Tobago, Travis Padgett Track & Field (M) 4x100m relay United States, Ato Stephens Track & Field (M) 400 meters, 4x400m relay Trinidad & Tobago, Nathan Sturgis Soccer (M) Athlete United States and Dwight Thomas Track & Field (M) 4x100m relay Jamaica.

DUKE: Mike Krzylmb7ski Basketball (M) Head Coach United States, Carlos Boozer Basketball (M) Athlete United States, Shannon Rowbury Track & Field (W) 1,500m United States, Rebecca Ward Fencing (W) Individual Saber & Team Saber United States and Rebecca Smith Soccer (W) Athlete New Zealand.

FLORIDA STATE: Yuruby Alicart Softball Athlete Venezuela, Lonni Alameda Softball Assistant Coach Canada, Gonzalo Barroilhet Track & Field (M) Decathlon Chile, Ricardo Chambers Track & Field (M) 400m Jamaica, Rafeeq Curry Track & Field (M) Triple Jump United States, Walter Dix Track & Field (M) 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay United States, Tom Lancashire Track & Field (M) 1500m Great Britain, Andrew Lemoncello Track & Field (M) 3000m Steeplechase Great Britain, Ngoni Makusha Track & Field (M) Long Jump Zimbabwe, Barbara Parker Track & Field (W) 3000m Steeplechase Great Britain, Paul Rodgers Soccer (M) Assistant Coach Canada and Dorian Scott Track & Field (M) Shot Put Jamaica.

GEORGIA TECH: Chris Bosh Basketball (M) Athlete United States, Fatmata Fofanah Track & Field (W) 100m Hurdles Guinea, Chante Howard Track & Field (W) High Jump United States, Caitlin Lever Softball Athlete Canada, Gal Nevo Swimming (M) 200m IM; 400m IM Israel, Angelo Taylor Track & Field (M) 400m Hurdles United States, Onur Uras Swimming (M) 100m Fly Turkey and Jen Yee Softball Athlete Canada.

MARYLAND: Chris Seitz Soccer (M) Athlete United States, Robbie Rogers Soccer (M) Athlete United States, Maurice Edu Soccer (M) Athlete United States, Sarunas Jasikevicius Basketball (M) Athlete Lithuania, Lauren Powley Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Dina Rizzo Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States and Keli Smith Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States.

MIAMI: Randy Ableman Diving (W) Coach South Africa, Jenna Dreyer Diving (W) 3m Springboard South Africa, Ginou Etienne Track & Field (W) 400 Meters Haiti, Ruben Ross Diving (M) 3m, 10m Springboard Canada, Manon Van Rooijen Swimming (W) 400m Relay; 800m Relay Netherlands and Lauryn Williams Track & Field (W) 100m; 400m Relay United States.

NORTH CAROLINA: Kate Barber Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States,
Lori Chalupny Soccer (W) Athlete United States, Rachel Dawson Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Dominic Demeritte Track & Field (M) 200m Bahamas, Erin Donohue Track & Field (W) 1,500m United States, Katelyn Falgowski Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Nadine Faustin-Parker Track & Field (W) 100m Hurdles Haiti, Shalane Flannagan Track & Field (W) 5K, 10K United States, Robyn Gayle Soccer (W) Athlete Canada, Jesse Gey Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Vikas Gowda Track & Field (M) Discus India, Tobin Heath Soccer (W) Athlete United States, Carrie Lingo Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Dax McCarty Soccer (M) Athlete United States, Heather O'Reilly Soccer (W) Athlete United States, Blake Russell Track & Field (W) Marathon United States, Alice Schmidt Track & Field (W) 800m United States, Lindsay Tarpley Soccer (W) Athlete United States, Amy Tran Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States and Kacey White Soccer (W) Athlete United States.

NC STATE: Cullen Jones Swimming (M) 400m Relay United States, Nate McMillan Basketball (M) Assistant Coach United States, and Dan Velez Swmming (M) 100m Breast Puerto Rico.

VIRGINIA: Angela Hucles (below) Soccer (W) Athlete United States, Melanie Kok Rowing (W) Lightweight Double Canada, Adam Nelson Track & Field (M) Shot Put United States, Vanja Rogulj Swimming (M) 100m Breaststroke Croatia, Roby Rojas Softball Athlete Venezuela, Lindsay Shoop Rowing (W) Women's Eight United States, Dawn Staley Basketball (W) Assistant Coach United States and Erika Stewart Swimming (W) 200m Medley Colombia.

VIRGINIA TECH: Nare Diawara Basketball (W) Athlete (will not compete - injured) Mali, Queen Harrison (above) Track & Field (W) 400m Hurdles United States, Kaan Tayla Swimming (M) 50m Freestyle Turkey and Ieva Kublina Basketball (W) Athlete Latvia.

WAKE FOREST: Chris Paul Basketball (M) Athlete United States, Michael Bingham Track & Field (M) 400m Relay Great Britain, Hunter Kemper Track & Field (M) Triathlon United States, Kelly Doton Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Lauren Crandall Field Hockey (W) Athlete United States, Michael Parkhurst Soccer (M) Athlete United States and Darius Songaila Basketball (M) Athlete Lithuania.

Pictured from top: Rebecca Ward (Duke), Walter Dix (FSU), Sarunas Jasikevicius (MD), Jenna Dreyer (Miami), Rachel Dawson (r) (UNC), Lindsay Shoop (VA), Queen Harrison (VT), Angela Hucles (VA).

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