Marquis Goodwin during the Olympic qualifiers
The University of Texas will be well represented at the Olympics as 17 former and current Longhorns have qualified for the games in London.
The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics is just about three weeks away, and there is no shortage of giddy anticipation as the top athletes from around the globe look to make their mark in history.
There is also no shortage of Olympians representing The University of Texas, as there are 17 qualified athletes primed and ready for a shot at Olympic glory. Hailing from five respective delegations—the United States, Mexico, Nigeria, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands—there is plenty of support to go around when it comes to rooting for current and former Longhorns in London.
Men’s Diving will feature Troy Dumais—a 2006 graduate— who will compete in the 3m and 3m Synchronized.
Men’s Swimming will have Ricky Berens, Jimmy Feigen, Brendan Hansen and Christian Schurr. Berens will compete in the 200m Freestyle, the 400m Freestyle Relay and the 800m Freestyle Relay. Feigen will compete in the 400m Freestyle Relay. Hansen and Schurr—who will also represent Mexico—can be seen in the 100m and 200m breaststroke respectively. Texas men’s swimming head coach Eddie Reese will also represent the Longhorns as an assistant coach for the USA men’s team.
Women’s Swimming boasts Susana Escobar—also representing Mexico—in the 800m Freestyle and Kathleen Hersey in the 200m Butterfly.
Men’s Track and Field has familiar names. Marquise Goodwin—who also stars on the football team—will take his championship titles in the Long Jump to London. Trey Hardee will participate in the Decathlon and Leo Manzano will run in the 1500m.
Women’s Track and Field will featured five Longhorns. Sanya Richards-Ross will run in the 200m and 400m. Allison Peter—who will hail from the U.S. Virgin Islands—will compete in the 100m and 200m. Michelle Carter will throw in the Shot Put. Christy Udoh—representing Nigeria—will run in the 200m, and Melaine Walker—representing Jamaica—will compete in the 400m Hurdles.
Women’s Volleyball, ranked No. 1 in the world by the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB), will feature former Longhorn great Destinee Hooker—a San Antonio native, two-time All-America selection and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2009.
For a complete lowdown on all of these athletes as they approach the Olympics, visit here.
Best of luck to all of these current and former Longhorns!
UPDATE: Alum Kevin Durant has been selected to play on the US National Basketball team. The University of Texas will now have 18 athletes in the London Olympics.