The TCU athletics program will be well represented at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which run July 27 through Aug. 12. A total of eight former or current Horned Frogs will be in competition. The Frogs will also have a strong identity on the coaching front as swimming and diving assistant coach Bill Koppelman will assist Panama, while former TCU graduate Gregg Troy will coach the men's United States swimming squad. In athletics, former Frog great Jon Drummond will coach the U.S. relay's.
A Closer Look At The TCU Athletes Competing In London
Sarah Scherer United States Event: Air Rifle: 10-meter Air Rifle Women Competition: Qualifier/Final - July 28
Quick Facts: Scherer had one of the best single-seasons in TCU Rifle history this past season and will be competing in her very first Olympics after winning a national championship this past year. A member of the 2012 NRA All-American team, Scherer was named first-team All-American in both air rifle and smallbore. She was also named the NCAA Championships' Most Outstanding Athlete after taking home her second career smallbore national title. Sherer earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team with a second-place air rifle finish at the trials in February.
Edgar Crespo Panama Event: Swimming: 100-meter breaststroke Competition: Prelims/Semifinals: July 28 | Finals: July 29
Quick Facts: Crespo, the TCU record holder in the 100-breaststroke and 200-breaststroke, is set to represent his home country of Panama for a second-straight summer games. Crespo went to Beijing in 2008, site of Michael Phelps' eight gold medals, and suited up in his first Olympics. That year, the Panama City native turned in the top time in heat No. 2 of the 100-breast (1:03.72).
Alejandro Gomez Venezuela Event: Swimming: 1,500-meter freestyle; Men's 4x100 freestyle relay Competition: Prelims: Aug. 3 |
Finals: Aug. 4
Quick Facts: Gomez will swim for Venezuela in the Olympics next week after clocking a time of 15:30.06 at Santa Clara Grand Prix in June to qualify. Gomez, who previously held the TCU record for the 1,000-yard freestyle, earned a bronze medal at the 2006-07 South American games in the 400-free event.
Kim Collins St. Kitts & Nevis Event: Athletics: Men's 100 meters; 200 meters; 4x100 Competition: 100 Meters: Aug. 4-5 | 200 Meters: Aug. 7-9 | 4x100: Aug. 10-11
Quick Facts: The former 100 meters world champion will be competing in his fifth Olympics this next week. At the 2011 World Championships, Collins had a banner week, earning a bronze medal in the 100 meters, while also helping the men's 4x100 quartet capture the countries first ever bronze and set a new national record of 38.47 seconds at the championships. In September, Collins proved he is only getting better with age as he shattered a 28-year-old PanAmerican Games record when he ran a time of 10.00 seconds, eclipsing the old record of 10.06 seconds held by Cuba's Penalver Leandro. The three-time NCAA Champion claimed a silver medal in the event. Collins, who has been the Flagbearer for St. Kitts & Nevis at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, finished sixth overall in the men's 200-meter finals at the 2008 Olympics. He clocked a time of 20.59 to finish in sixth-place.
Past Olympic Games Participation: Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008)
Delwayne Delaney St. Kitts & Nevis Event: Athletics: Men's 4x100 Competition: 4x100: Aug. 10-11
Quick Facts: Delaney, who earned a spot at the 2008 Olympics, but couldn't compete because of injury, will represent St. Kitts & Nevis in his first Olympic games as a member of the men's 4x100 quartet. The 2005 NCAA runner-up as a leg of the men's 4x400, Delaney has earned a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, while posting a bronze at the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships. During his time as a Horned Frog, Delaney closed out his impressive career earning the Male High-Point Award at the MWC Outdoor Championships after winning the 100 and 200 meters and running a leg on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that also finished first, respectively.
Past Olympic Games Participation: None
Michael Frater Jamaica Event: Athletics: Men's 4x100 Competition: 4x100: Aug. 10-11
Quick Facts:Frater, who is Jamaica's men's team captain in London, helped Jamaica break the world record and win gold in the men's 4x100 at the 2008 Olympics. Frater, who ran the second leg of the relay, teamed with Nesta Carter, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell to win the gold medal at National Stadium. Overall, the unit clocked a world record time of 37.10 seconds, which broke the United State's previous record of 37.40 set at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. A seven-time All-American, Frater, who earned runner-up honors at the 2004 NCAA Championships in the 100 meters, finished sixth overall with a personal-best time of 9.97 seconds in the 100 meters in Beijing.
Past Olympic Games Participation: Athens (2004), Beijing (2008)
Khadevis Robinson United States Event: Athletics: Men's 800 Meters Competition: 800 Meters: Aug. 6-9
Quick Facts: Robinson punched his ticket to the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing second overall in the men's 800 meters at Hayward Field.
Robinson, who is now 35 years old, will be making his second trip to the Olympics after making the Athens team in 2004. He earned runner-up accolades in Eugene, clocking a time of 1:44.64. While at TCU, Robinson won the 1998 NCAA Outdoor 800 meters to cap his college career. He is also a four-time U.S. outdoor national champion in the 800.
Justyn Warner Canada Event: Athletics: Men's 100 meters; Men's 4x100 Competition: 100 Meters: Aug. 4-5 | 4x100: Aug. 10-11
Quick Facts: Warner, a three-time All-American, qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, placing first overall in the men's 100 meters at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. Warner crossed the finish line at Foothills Athletics Park with a blistering personal-best time of 10.15 seconds to qualify for his first Olympic Games. Warner, who will compete for Canada in London, bettered his brother Ian at the line for top-place honors.