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International Olympic athletes have AL ties


Several of the athletes competing at the summer Olympics in Rio are not only competing with an international team but they have competed here on a local stage.

Below are some of those athletes: 


Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas/Auburn 2009-12)
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will swim both the 50 and 100 freestyle for the Bahamas. This will be her third consecutive Olympics after debuting in 2008 in Beijing. Still the program record holder in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, she was the first swimmer from the Bahamas to reach on Olympic final when she made the 50 free finals in London in 2012.


Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil/Auburn 2010-14)
Marcelo Chierighini will compete in the 100 free and the 4x100 free relay for Brazil. He is making his second consecutive Olympic appearance after competing in London in 2012 on the 4x100 free and 4x100 medley relay teams.


Stephanie Horner (Canada/Auburn 2008-10)
Stephanie Horner will swim in the Open Water 10K for Canada. She will be competing in her third Olympics, making her debut in Beijing in 2008 and returning in London 2012. This will be her first time competing in an Open Water event as her first two appearances were in the 400 IM (2012), 400 free (2008), 200 free (2008) and 200 fly (2008).


Fred Bousquet (France/Auburn 2003-05)
Fred Bousquet will compete in the 50 free in what will be his fourth Olympics for France. He earned a silver medal on the 4x100 freestyle relay at the Beijing games in 2008. He earned 21 All-America honors during his Auburn career and was the first man in NCAA history to go under 19 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.


Alex Amankwah, Alabama, 800m


Kirani James, Alabama, 400m


Luis Carlos Martinez (Guatemala/Auburn 2015-present)
Luis Carlos Martinez will swim the 100 butterfly for Guatemala. A sophomore last season, he earned his Olympic Qualifying Time in December at the AT&T Winter Nationals in Federal Way, Wash., when he placed third in a time of 52.35 behind Michael Phelps and Tom Shields. Swimming the 100 fly at the SEC Championships, he placed eighth. He then was 30th in the event at the NCAA Championships. He is making his first appearance at an Olympic games.


Peter Holoda (Hungary/Auburn 2014-present)
Peter Holoda will swim on Hungary’s 4x100 free relay team. A sophomore last year, Holoda had a breakout year for Auburn in 2015-16, finishing second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free at the SEC Championships. He also anchored the 400 free relay team to the top of the medal stand at the league championships. At the NCAA Championships he finished 13th in the 50 free and 20th in the 100 free. He is making his first appearance at an Olympic games.


Ziv Kalontarov (Israel/Auburn 2016-present)
Ziv Kalontarov will swim the 50 free for Israel. A mid-year enrollee this past season, Kalontarov won gold in the European Games in Baku last year in a time of 22.16 for the 50 free. He is making his first appearance at an Olympic games.


Julie Meynen (Luxembourg/incoming freshman)
Julie Meynen will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyles for Luxembourg in her first Olympic appearance. An incoming freshman this upcoming season, she was a bronze medalist in the 100 free at the 2013 Junior European Championships and has twice competed in the World Championships (2013 & 2015).


Ahmed Ali, Alabama, 200m

Trinidad & Tobago

George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago/Auburn 2003-06)
George Bovell will compete in the 50 free in what will be his fifth consecutive Olympics for Trinidad & Tobago. A bronze medalist in the 200 IM in the 2004 games in Athens, he earned 25 All-America honors during his Auburn career, which stands as the school record.

Jareem Richards, Alabama, 4×400


Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe/Auburn 2002-05)
Kirsty Coventry will compete in the 100 and 200 backstrokes for Zimbabwe. The most decorated Olympian in Auburn swimming history, she is making her fifth consecutive appearance at the Olympics. During her international swimming career she has won seven Olympic medals, picking up a complete set in Athens in 2004 (gold – 200 back, silver – 100 back, bronze – 200 IM) and then returning in 2008 and earning a gold (200 back) and three silvers (100 back, 200 IM, 400 IM). 

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