Pac-10 Prepares to Make its Mark on Beijing Olympics

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Aug. 6, 2008

Walnut Creek, Calif. -- The XXIX Olympiad will open with ceremony on Friday in Beijing, China. The Games will showcase nearly 260 athletes, coaches, and managers with current and past ties to Pacific-10 Conference institutions. Forty-six countries will include at least one Pac-10 representative on their competition rosters, exemplifying the Olympic mantra, 'One World, One Dream'.

A total of 120 Pac-10 athletes, including alternates, will compete for the United States in 21 sports, while 108 athletes will serve as ambassadors for foreign countries. The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube for its facade that artistically emulates bubbles, will host the largest contingent of Pac-10 athletes: 62 swimmers and 22 water polo players will face-off in the 50-meter pool, while four divers take to the springboards. As in past Olympiads, the Conference will also have a strong showing (52 athletes) at National Stadium, home of the track and field events.

A handful of United States sports teams are heavily dominated by Pacific-10 Conference athletes. The softball team, for instance, boasts 10 Conference representatives on a team of 15, in addition to two of three alternates. On the women's water polo team, all but one of the 13 squad members played for a Pac-10 program. Similarly, the men's side boasts Pac-10 affiliation on just over half of the squad. Both the men's and women's soccer squads have approximately five players with Conference ties.

Elite athletes to watch for atop the medal podium in sports not yet mentioned, include: Bob and Mike Bryan, STAN, men's tennis, doubles; Jason Kidd, CAL, men's basketball; Lisa Leslie, USC, women's basketball; Tina Thompson, USC, women's basketball; Logan Tom, STAN, women's indoor volleyball; Kerri Walsh, STAN, women's beach volleyball.

The following is a break-down of Pac-10 Olympians by institution, then by sport:

	SCHOOL			   ATHLETES/COACHES/MANAGEMENT	ARIZONA 			           29	ARIZONA STATE				   16	CALIFORNIA				   45	OREGON					    4	OREGON STATE				    6	STANFORD				   47	UCLA					   39	USC					   49	WASHINGTON				   19	WASHINGTON STATE			    5


NAME	                PAC-10 INSTITUTION      COUNTRY	         EVENT(S)

Alison Williamson Arizona State Great Britain Individual

BASEBALL (4) Brian Barden Oregon State USAJason Donald Arizona USAJohn Gall Stanford USA

Marcel Lachemann USC USA(Asst. Coach) (former athlete/asst. coach)

BASKETBALL (9)Women'sMicaela Cocks Oregon New ZealandClare Bodensteiner Stanford New ZealandJillian Harmon Stanford New ZealandLisa Leslie USC USATina Thompson USC USA

Men'sShawn Redhage Arizona State AustraliaRobertas Javtokas Arizona LithuaniaJason Kidd California USA

Casey Smith Arizona State USA(Head Athletic Trainer) (former athletic trainer)

CYCLING (1)Women's Christine Thorburn, M.D. Stanford USA

DIVING (5)Women's Blythe Hartley USC Canada 3-meter springboardClaire Febvay Arizona FranceAngelique Rodriguez Arizona Puerto Rico

Men'sJoona Puhakka Arizona State Finland 3-meter springboard

Mark Bradshaw (Coach) Arizona State Finland

GYMNASTICS (2)Women's ArtisticOlivia Vivian Oregon State Australia

Women's Team Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs UCLA Canada

JUDO (1)Women's Sayaka Matsumoto California USA

FIELD HOCKEY (2)Women's Shellie Onstead California USA(Asst. Coach) (head coach)

Men'sPeter Milkovich California Canada(Asst. Coach) (asst. coach)

ROWING (28)Women's Gabriela Varekova USC Czech RepublicIva Obradovic California Serbia Single ScullRika Geyser Washington South Africa Single ScullErin Cafaro California USA EightsJulie Nichols (alternate) California USA Single ScullSabrina Kolker Stanford USA Pair (W2)Elle Logan Stanford USA Eight (W8+)Lindsay Meyer Stanford USA EightAnna (Mickelson) Cummins Washington USA Eight (W8+); Coxless PairMegan Kalmoe Washington USA Scull PairMary Whipple Washington USA Eight (W8+), coxswain

Laurel Korholz California USA(Asst. Coach)

Men'sScott Frandsen California Canada Pairs; FoursJake Wetzel California Canada EightsAdam Kreek Stanford Canada EightDavid Calder Washington Canada Coxless PairRob Gibson (alternate) Washington Canada Coxless PairAnte Kusurin Washington Croatia Scull PairMark Hunter UCLA Great Britain Lwt. Double ScullElliot Hovey California USA Double ScullsJosh Inman Oregon State USA Eight+David Banks Stanford USA Four (M4-), bowmanJamie Schroeder Stanford USA Quadruple ScullsMike Altman UCLA USA Lightweight FoursScott Gault Washington USA Quadruple ScullsGuiseppe Lanzone Washington USA Straight FourBrett Newlin Washington USA Straight Four

Mike Teti (Head Coach) California USA (head men's crew coach)SOCCER (16)Women'sKara Lang UCLA Canada ForwardClare Rustad Washington Canada Defender/MidfieldAli Riley Stanford New ZealandNicole Barnhart Stanford USARachel Buehler Stanford USALauren Cheney UCLA USA ForwardAmy Rodriguez USC USAHope Solo Washington USA Goalkeeper

Jillian Ellis UCLA USA(Asst. Coach) (current head coach)

Men'sSimon Elliott Stanford New ZealandRyan Nelsen Stanford New ZealandRobbie Findley (Alternate) Oregon State USABenny Feilhaber UCLA USA MidfielderFrankie Hejduk (Alternate) UCLA USA DefenderPatrick Ianni UCLA USA DefenderMarvell Wynne UCLA USA Defender

SOFTBALL (18)Tanya Harding UCLA Australia UtilityJenn Salling Oregon CanadaDanielle Lawrie Washington Canada PitcherJennie Finch Arizona USAAlicia Hollowell (alternate)Arizona USALovie Jung Arizona USACaitlin Lowe Arizona USAVicky Galindo California USA InfieldLauren Lappin Stanford USAJessica Mendoza Stanford USAAndrea Duran UCLA USA 3rd Base/OutfieldLisa Fernandez UCLA USA Pitcher(Replacement Player)Tairia (Mims) Flowers UCLA USA UtilityStacey Nuveman UCLA USA CatcherNatasha Watley UCLA USA Shortstop

Linda Wells (Asst. Coach) Arizona State NetherlandsMike Candrea (Head Coach) Arizona USAJohn Rittman (Asst. Coach) Stanford (head coach)USA

SWIMMING (70)Women's Sherry Tsai California Hong Kong backstroke; freestyleHannah Wilson California Hong Kong butterfly; freestyleKatinka Hosszu USC Hungary 400/200 IMSaori Haruguchi Oregon State Japan 200 IMLauren Boyle California New Zealand 800 freestyle relayNicolette Teo UCLA Singapore 100/200 breaststrokeSara Isakovic California Slovenia backstroke; freestyleAmanda Beard Arizona USA 200 breaststrokeLacey Nymeyer Arizona USA 100 freestyle; 400 freestyle relayNatalie Coughlin California USA 100 backstroke; 100 freestyle; 200 IMEmily Silver California USA 400 freestyle relayElaine Breeden Stanford USA 100/200 butterflyJulia Smit Stanford USA 400/800 freestyle relayKim Vandenberg UCLA USA 800 freestyle relayRebecca Soni USC USA 100/200 breaststroke; 400 medley relay

Teri McKeever (Coach) USC/California USA

Men'sMarkus Rogan Stanford Austria 100/200 backstrokeNicolas Nilo Arizona BrazilHenrique Barbosa California Brazil 100/200 breaststrokePhillip Morrison Stanford Brazil 800 freestyle relayRodrigo Castro USC Brazil 200 freestyle; 400/800 free. relayJoel Greenshields Arizona CanadaJake Tapp Arizona CanadaTobias Oriwol Stanford Canada 200 backstrokeAnte Cvitkovic Arizona State Croatia 400 medley relayDuje Draganja California Croatia 50/100 freestyleGordan Kozulj California Croatia backstrokeSimon Burnett Arizona EnglandMartti Aljand California Estonia 100/200 breaststrokeMartin Liivamagi California Estonia 200 IMTamas Kerekjarto USC Hungary 200 butterfly; 200 IMZoltan Povazsay USC Hungary 800 freestyle relayAnkur Poseria USC India 100 butterflyGal Nevo Arizona State Israel 200 IMGuy Barnea California Israel 100 backstrokeDavid Dunford Stanford Kenya 50 freestyleJason Dunford Stanford Kenya 100 butterfly; 100 freestyleMohammed Madwa Arizona State Kuwait 50/100 freestyleRolandas Gimbutis California Lithuania 50 freestyleRugile Mileisyte Washington State LithuaniaJuan Veloz Arizona MexicoMiguel Molina California Philippines 200 IM; 200 breaststrokeBart Kizierowski California Poland 50 freestyleMilorad Cavic California Serbia 100 butterflyDamir Dugonjic California Slovenia 100 breaststrokeJernej Godec California Slovenia 50 freestyleJean Basson Arizona South AfricaLyndon Ferns Arizona South AfricaRyk Neethling Arizona South AfricaRoland Schoeman Arizona South AfricaDarian Townsend Arizona South AfricaGerhard Zandberg Arizona South AfricaJonas Persson Arizona SwedenDominik Meichtry California Switzerland 200 freestyleRatapong 'Nuk' Sirisanont California Thailand breaststrokeOus Mellouli USC Tunisia 200/400/1500 free.Nathan Adrian California USA 400 freestyle relayBen Wildman-Tobriner Stanford USA 50 freestyle; 400 freestyle relayLarsen Jensen USC USA 400/1500 freestyleKlete Keller USC USA 800 freestyle relayErik Vendt USC USA 800 freestyle relayMark Warkentin USC USA 10k open waterAlbert Subarits Arizona Venezuela

Mike Chasson (Coach) Arizona State KuwaitRick DeMont (Asst. Coach) Arizona South AfricaMatt Macedo (Coach) California Trinidad &TobagoDave Salo (Head Coach) USC TunisiaFrank Busch (Asst. Coach) Arizona USAIan McLeod (Trainer) Arizona State USAMark Schubert USC USA(General Manager)

TABLE TENNIS (1)Women'sJackie Lee (alternate) California USA

TENNIS (4)Men's Mark Knowles UCLA Bahamas DoublesMarcin Matkowski UCLA Poland DoublesBob Bryan Stanford USA DoublesMike Bryan Stanford USA Doubles

TRACK AND FIELD (54)Women'sArantxa King (Alternate) Stanford BermudaNatasha Danvers-Smith USC Great Britain 400-meter hurdlesEva Orban USC Hungary Hammer ThrowYoo Kim UCLA Korea Pole VaultInga Stasiulionyte USC Lithuania Javelin ThrowCarol Rodriguez USC Puerto Rico 400-meter dashBrigita Langerhole USC Slovenia 800-meterRhonda Watkins UCLA Trinidad/Tobago Long JumpLeila Ben Youssef Stanford Tunisia Pole VaultJacquelyn Johnson Arizona State USA HeptathlonKristin Heaston California USA Shot PutMagdalena Lewy California USA MarathonGrace Upshaw California USA Long JumpJillian Camarena Stanford USA Shot PutErica McLain Stanford USA Triple JumpAmy Acuff UCLA USA High JumpJessica Cosby UCLA USA Hammer ThrowDawn Harper UCLA USA 100-meter hurdlesMonique Henderson UCLA USA 4x400-meter relaySuzy Powell-Roos UCLA USA DiscusSheena (Johnson) Tosta UCLA USA 400-meter hurdlesTorri Edwards USC USA 100-meter dash; 4x100-meter relayAllyson Felix USC USA 200-meter dash; 4x100-meter relay; 4x400-meter relayAngela Williams USC USA 4x100-meter relayAretha (Hill) Thurmond Washington USA DiscusDiana Pickler Washington State USA Heptathlon

Tina Fernandes USC Puerto Rico(Asst. Coach)Jeanette Bolden UCLA USA(Head Coach)

Men'sJonathan Williams UCLA Belize 400-meter hurdlesAnson Henry Washington State Canada 100-meter dash; 4x100-meter relayMartin Maric California Croatia DiscusFelix Sanchez USC Dominican Rep. 400-meter hurdlesMart Israel Washington Estonia DiscusSeth Amoo Arizona State Ghana 200-meter dashJoel Phillip Arizona State Granada 400-meter dashShane Charles Washington Granada 400-meter hurdlesRaphael Asafo-Agyei USC Great Britain 800-meterAmin Nikfar California Iran Shot PutJorge I. Martinez Renteria California Mexico 100-meter dash(Alternate)Dominic Johnson Arizona St. LuciaChristian Belz Washington Switzerland 5000-metersAbdi Abdirahman Arizona USATrevell Quinley Arizona State USA Long JumpGalen Rupp Oregon USA 10,000-meterAndrew Wheating Oregon USA 800-meterIan Dobson Stanford USA 5000-metersRyan Hall Stanford USA MarathonMichael Robertson Stanford USA DiscusJesse Williams USC USA High JumpBrad Walker Washington USA Pole VaultBernard Lagat Washington State USA 1500-meter; 5000-meterIan Waltz Washington State USA DiscusLewis Banda Arizona State Zimbabwe 400-meter dash

James Li (Manager) Arizona USA

VOLLEYBALL, BEACH (5)Women's Bibiana Candelas USC MexicoKerri Walsh Stanford USAElaine Youngs UCLA USA

Liz Masakayan (Coach) UCLA USA Youngs/Branagh

Men'sBob Alejo (Asst. Coach) UCLA USA

VOLLEYBALL, INDOOR (11)Women's Asia Kaczor USC PolandSonja Tomasevic Washington SerbiaKim Glass Arizona USAOgonna Nnamani Stanford USALogan Tom Stanford USANicole Davis USC USA

Sue Woodstra USC/Cal USA(Asst. Coach)

Men'sGabe Gardner USC/Stanford USAKevin Hansen Stanford USA

John Speraw (Asst. Coach)UCLA USAJamie Morrison USC USA(Technical Consultant)

WATER POLO (25)Women's Aniko Pelle USC HungarySofia Konoukh USC RussiaHeather Petri California USAElsie Windes California USAAlison Gregorka Stanford USAJessica Steffens Stanford USABrenda Villa Stanford USANatalie Golda UCLA USA Defender/UtilityJaime Hipp UCLA USA GoalkeeperPatty Cardenas USC USAKami Craig USC USABrittany Hayes USC USAMoriah Van Norman USC USALauren Wenger USC USA

Guy Baker (Head Coach) UCLA USABernice Orwig (Asst. Coach) USC USA

Men'sJohn Mann (alternate) California USATony Azevedo Stanford USALayne Beaubien Stanford USAPeter Hudnut Stanford USAPeter Varellas Stanford USABrandon Brooks UCLA USA GoalkeeperAdam Wright UCLA USA AttackerJ.W. Krumpholz USC USA

Robert Lynn (Asst. Coach)USC USA

WRESTLING (2)Matt Gentry Stanford Canada 74kg freestyleHeinrich Barnes Oregon State South Africa 66 kilos

MISCELLANEOUS (1)Hongping Li USC USA USOC Admin. Asst.


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