Well represented: 28 longhorns old, current and future on their way to the Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO, Japan – The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan are getting closer by the day (the event keeps the name with the year it was originally scheduled). The first events of the games begin Tuesday, starting with the first round of the softball tournament. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday. The University of Texas will have 28 representatives in Tokyo, competing for an assortment of nations.
Here is a look at the future, current and former Longhorns expected to compete or train at the 29th edition of the Summer Olympics, as well as a brief history of their recent successes in their respective events.
Jordan Windle, USA: The two-time national champion became the third diver to seal a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team and the first on the men’s side. He finished second at the Olympic trials in the 10-meter platform, posting a score of 1,401.40. It will be his first Olympic appearance; he competed for the United States team at the 2017 and 2019 FINA World Championships.
Hailey Hernandez, USA: A new signing at UT, Hernandez claimed her spot on the Olympic squad after finishing second in the women’s three-meter springboard in the trials at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, with a score from 926.55.
Alison Gibson, USA: The former UT diver will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo after winning with Krysta Palmer a 28-point victory in the women’s three-meter synchronized springboard competition at the Olympic Trials.
Matt Scoggin, United States: The Div. 2021 I College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Male Diving Coach of the Year, Scoggin will serve as an assistant coach for the Team USA diving team. This is the fourth time he has served with the United States at an Olympics, having also served on staff in 2000, 2008 and 2012. He himself was a member of the United States team as a diver in 1992.
Erica Sullivan, United States: Sullivan is months away from the start of her college career in Texas. The 20-year-old rookie clinched her spot on the United States with a second place in the 1,500-meter freestyle, behind world record holder Katie Ledecky, with a personal best of 15: 51.18 in the Olympic trials. She was the first swimmer from Texas to qualify for Tokyo.
Anna Elendt, Germany: The 19-year-old rookie broke her country’s records in the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke events at the 2021 German Championships on her way to earn a spot on the Olympic squad. The 2020-21 All-America clocked a time of 1: 06.50 in the 100-meter event on the second day of competition, becoming the first German woman to cross the 1:07 barrier. She followed that up by setting a record time of 30.67 seconds in the 50-meter race the next day. Elendt will also swim in the German 4m x 100m medley relay.
Joanna Evans, Bahamas: The former Longhorn will make her second trip to the Olympics after representing her home country at the 2016 Olympics, having qualified in the 400-meter freestyle at the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite on May 21. She currently holds the Bahamas’ national records in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events.
Caspar Corbeau, Netherlands: Originally registered as a reserve swimmer for the medley relays, the sophomore will also compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke events in Tokyo. The Portland, Oregon native swept the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke events at the Big 12 Championships.
Joseph Schooling, Singapore: The 26-year-old clocked 52.93 seconds at the ISCA Senior International Cup in March and will try to defend his Olympic 100-meter butterfly title. Five years ago he entered as an underdog, but finished ahead of a field that included Michael Phelps to take gold. Schooling will compete in the 100-meter butterfly and the 100-meter freestyle.
Remedy Rule, Philippines: Rule started swimming for the Philippines in 2019, breaking the national record in the 100-meter butterfly at the FINA World Championships. Since then, she has won three more individual national records and will be the only Filipino woman to compete in the swimming events. She is entered in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly events.
Townley Haas, USA: On his way to his second Olympics, the freestyle skier won gold in the 4-meter 200-meter freestyle relay in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and placed fifth in the 200-meter freestyle. Five years later, he traveled to Tokyo in those same events, having finished second in the 200-meter final at the Olympic trials with a time of 1: 45.66.
Drew Kibler, USA: On his way to his first Olympics, the four-time Big 12 champion will team up with Haas in the men’s 4-meter 200-meter freestyle relay, after placing third in the 200-meter final at the Olympic trials.
Gia Doonan, United States: The first Longhorn rower to represent Texas at the Olympics, Doonan was one of 30 athletes selected by the United States Rowing Association to compete for the United States. A member of the USRowing Senior National Team since 2017, Doonan helped Texas claim an NCAA Title on May 30.
Ryan Crouser, USA: With world records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, after beating a 31-year-old world-leading mark at the Olympic Trials with a 76-foot-8 throw, Crouser is among the favorites of the event.
Teahna Daniels, USA: 2019 USATF outdoor champion in the women’s 100 meters, Daniels qualified for her first Olympics by placing third at the Olympic Trials, in 11.03.
Tara Davis, USA: A prestigious Bowerman Award finalist, Davis jumped 7.14 meters to break Jackie Joyner Kersee’s 36-year-old outdoor record in the long jump in March while competing for UT. She finished second in that event at the Olympic Trials to qualify for Tokyo, jumping 7.04 meters.
Melissa Gonzalez, Colombia: The 2021 South American Championships 400m hurdles champion Gonzalez clocked a time of 55.68 to receive a blanket offer to seal her place in Tokyo. She now holds the Colombian national record for the event with her stint at the South American Championships in May.
Jonathan Jones, Barbados: The only athlete from his home country to reach the Olympic standard of 44.90 seconds in the men’s 400 meters, Jones is heading towards his first Olympics. He placed third in his flagship event at the 2021 Big 12 Championships, with a time of 46.08 seconds. He qualified in 2019 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, clocking 44.64 seconds.
Steffin McCarter, USA: McCarter continued his fifth place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by earning a berth in that event at the Olympic Trials, finishing third with a jump of 8.26 meters.
Pedrya Seymour, Bahamas: One of two Bahamian women to reach the qualifying standard of 12.84 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, Seymour finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Stacey Ann Williams, Jamaica: A two-time USTFCCCA All-American, Williams will compete in his first Olympics as part of the Jamaican 4-meter x 400-meter relay team. Jamaica finished third at the 2019 World Championships to qualify.
Julia Grosso, Canada: The first Olympian in soccer history at Longhorn, Grosso has already played 24 games with Canada’s Senior National Team and will be one of five athletes on the roster to compete in her first Olympics. Canada has enjoyed success at the last two Olympics, winning bronze medals in 2012 and 2016.
Kevin Durant, USA: In his third Olympic appearance, Durant helped USA win gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic tournaments, scoring a record 30 points in the medal match. gold 2016 against Serbia.
Ariel Atkins, USA: Atkins was selected to her first Olympic team, but already has international experience as a representative of the United States team, for the first time in 2014 as a member of the team U-18. The four-year-old WNBA star averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in three games for the national team during the 2019-20 campaign.
Chiaka Ogbogu, USA: Ogbogu has represented the United States since 2018 and led the national team to the gold medal at the 2021 FIVB Women’s Nations League in Rimini, Italy from May 25 to June 25.
Erik Sullivan, USA: Associate head coach of the Texas volleyball team, Sullivan is expected to be the team manager of the United States men’s national team in Tokyo.
Cat Osterman, USA: Osterman will compete in the Olympics for the third time, although softball is not an official Olympic sport, but was added to the specific program of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. During his last Olympic appearance , in 2008, she pitched five innings in the US team’s gold medal game against Japan.
Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela: Currently ranked No. 130 in the world, the highlight of Vegas in 2021 was the Palmetto Championship in Congaree, where it tied for second.