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Scores of U of A Widcats (past & present) with Olympic Dreams; Full List of Olympic Hopefuls & Wildcats Who've Qualified For Rio

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We are just under a month away from the beginning of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics!  Former Canyon Del Oro (CDO) standout Jaide Stepter is hoping to qualify in the 400 Meter Hurdles.   The Tucson native passed up the U of A in order to run Track & Field at USC, where she was a Pac-12 Academic All-American in addition to being triumphant in a number of Conference meets.   The former CDO track star is in the 400 Meter Hurdles finals at the Team USA Trials.  

Meanwhile, University of Arizona has many current and former student-athletes looking to earn medals in the upcoming Olympic Games, many of whom have either already qualified or will be attempting to qualify throughout the summer months.

Here is an up-to-date list current and former Wildcats competing in the Games:


Rafael Quintero, Puerto Rico: Platform


Michael Meyer, South Africa: 400 Individual Medley

Tjasa Oder, Slovenia: 800 Freestyle

Brad, South Africa: 50 Freestyle

Kevin Cordes, USA: 100/200 Breaststroke

Track & Field

Pau Tonnesen, Spain: Decathlon

Current UA student-athletes and Olympic hopefuls:


Blair Bish, USA: 100 Breaststroke

Bonnie Brandon, USA: 200/400 Freestyle, 100/200 Backstroke

Gage Crosby, USA: 100/200 Breaststroke

Chatham Dobbs, USA: 50 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke

Tyler Fowler, USA: 400/1,500 Freestyle

Taylor Garcia, USA: 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly

Daniela Georges, USA: 200 Freestyle, 400 Individual Medley

Samantha Getzen, USA: 100 Butterfly

Nick Hogsed, USA: 400/1,500 Freestyle

Chad Idensohn, Zimbabwe: 50/100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

Parks Jones, USA: 200/400 Freestyle

Katrina Konopka, USA: 50/100/200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley

Paige Kremer, Canada: 50/100 Freestyle

Matt Lujan, USA: 100/200 Backstroke

Riccardo Maestri, Italy: 200 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly

Thane Maudslien, USA: 200 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke

Cameron McHugh, USA: 100/200 Backstroke

Annie Ochitwa, USA: 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

Mathias Oh, USA: 100/200 Butterfly

Renny Richmond, USA: 50/100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

Mackenzie Rumrill, USA: 100 Butterfly

Matthew Salerno, USA: 100 Backstroke

Taylor Schick, USA: 50/100 Freestyle

Emma Schoettmer, USA: 100/200 Backstroke

Sarah Shimomura, USA: 200/400/800 Freestyle

Ashley Sutherland, USA: 50 Freestyle

Nick Thorne, USA: 100/200 Butterfly, 200/400 Individual Medley

Chris Wieser, USA: 200/400/1,500 Freestyle

Justin Wright, USA: 100/200 Butterfly

Track & Field

Nnenya Hailey, USA: 400-Meter Hurdles

Sage Watson, Canada: 400-Meter Hurdles

Former UA student-athletes and Olympic hopefuls:


Samantha Pickens, USA: 3-Meter Springboard


Grant Betulius, USA: 100 Backstroke

Bryce Bohman, USA: 100/200 Backstroke

Margo Geer, USA: 50/100/200 Freestyle

Masayuki Kishada, Japan: 50/100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

Nick Thoman, USA: 100/200 Backstroke

Marcus Titus, USA: 100/200 Breaststroke

Darian Townsend, USA: 100/200 Freestyle

Track & Field

James Eichberger, Mexico: 800 Meters

Julie Labonte, Canada: Shot Put

Lawi Lalang, Kenya: 1,500 Meters and/or 5,000 Meters

Georganne Moline, USA: 400-Meter Hurdles

Stephen Sambu, Kenya: 10,000 Meters

Other Wildcats in the Olympics:

Dustin Williams, USA: Head Athletic Trainer for USA Track & Field

Bernard Lagat, USA: Track & Field, 5,000 Meters (Volunteer Assistant Coach)

Jill Camerena-Williams, USA: Track & Field, Shot Put (Volunteer Assistant Coach)

Matt Grevers, USA: Swimming, 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke (Volunteer Assistant Coach)

Violah Lagat, Kenya: Track & Field, 1,500 Meters

Sam Chelenga, USA: Track & Field, 5,000 or 10,000 Meters

Stanley Kebenei Tanui, USA: Track & Field Steeplechase

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