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Auburn University’s 2016 Gold Medal Hopefuls


The 2016 Olympics are upon us! With the first events kicking off on August 5th in Rio, Brazil at Barra Olympic Park, you might be wondering who all in the Auburn family is competing. We got you covered, check out our list of the current and former Auburn Tigers and what events they will be competing in.

Track and Field

Teray Smith (Bahamas/Auburn 2013-Present) will compete in the men’s 200m in what will be his first appearance at the Olympics. Smith is currently a junior at Auburn. He earned 2014 Outdoor All-American for the 200m and 2014 All-SEC Freshman Team for both the 100m and the 200m.

Leevan Sands (Bahamas/Auburn 2003-05) will compete in the triple jump. Sands made his first appearance at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing. He jumped his personal best at 17.59 meters and was awarded a bronze medal. This record is the current Bahamian record.  He placed fifth at the 2012 London games for the same event.

Donald Thomas (Bahamas 2007-08) will compete in the high jump. This will be Donald’s first appearance at the Olympics.  Thomas broke a 19-year-old school record in his first meet as an Auburn Tiger, clearing 2.30m at the Diet Pepsi Invitational.

Kai Selvon (Trinidad & Tobago/Auburn 2010-14) will compete in the 4×100 m relay. Selvon made her first appearance at the 2012 London Olympics, she competed in the women’s 200m. Selvon’s personal best in the 200 meters is 22.89 seconds – the national junior record. She produced that run at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. During her time at Auburn, Selvon was awarded NCAA’s Outdoor All-American for the 4x400m Relay in 2010 and 2011. She was also awarded NCAA’s Indoor All-American for the 60m and 200m in 2012.

DJ Smith (Puerto Rico/Auburn 2011-15) will compete in the high jump. Smith finished his career at Auburn as the 2015 Indoor SEC champion in the high jump and was a two-time first-team All-American. This will be Smith’s first appearance at the Olympic games.


Glen Eller (USA/Auburn 2000-04) will compete in the men’s double trap. Eller is a four-time U.S. Olympic athlete (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, he won the gold medal in the men’s double trap setting both an Olympic Record and a Final Olympic Record.


Fred Bousquet (France/Auburn 2003-05) will compete in the 50 free in what will be his fourth Olympics for France. He earned a silver medal in the 4×100 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.

George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago/Auburn 2003-06) 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.

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

Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe/Auburn 2002-05) 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).

Peter Holoda (Hungary/Auburn 2014-present) will swim on Hungary’s 4×100 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.

Stephanie Horner (Canada/Auburn 2008-10) 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).

Ziv Kalontarov (Israel/Auburn 2016-present) 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 the Olympic games.

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.

Julie Meynen (Luxembourg/incoming freshman) 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).

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas/Auburn 2009-12) 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.



Ozzie Quevedo (Suriname/Auburn Assistant Coach) Ozzie Quevedo will be part of the Suriname coaching contingent in his first Olympic coaching appearance. An Olympian for Venezuela in 2000 (Sydney), he will coach Renzo Tjon a Joe, who trains at Auburn, a sprint freestyle and butterfly specialist.

Sergio Lopez Miro (Singapore/Auburn Associate Head Coach) Sergio Lopez, who was named Associate Head Coach for Auburn Swimming and Diving in April, will serve as the head coach for Singapore in Rio. The Singapore Swimming Association head coach, he was an Olympic bronze medalist with Spain in 1988 (Seoul) and also on the 1992 (Barcelona) Olympic team.

Brett Hawke (Brazil/Auburn Head Coach) Auburn’s head coach since 2009, Brett Hawke is making his third coaching trip to the Olympics and his fifth trip overall. He is making his second trip to the games as an assistant coach for Brazil, which he also did in 2008 in Beijing. Part of his coaching responsibilities will be to guide former Auburn sprint freestyle specialist Marcelo Chierighini as well as Bruno Fratus, who also trains at Auburn. Hawke, who is from Australia, competed in the 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympics and was the Bahamas head coach in 2012 (London).

Lauren Hancock (Guatemala/Auburn Associate Women’s Head Coach) Lauren Hancock, who just finished her first season at Auburn, will be a part of the Guatemala contingent as she coaches current Auburn swimmer Luis Martinez, one of two Guatemalan’s to qualify for Olympic swimming. This will be her first appearance at the Olympics.

David Marsh (United States Women’s Head Coach/Auburn 1978-81) A three-time assistant coach for the United States, Auburn alum and former head coach David Marsh is the head coach for the USA women’s swimming team in Rio. Marsh was previously on the USA staffs in 1996, 2000 and 2012.

Henry Rolle (Bahamas/Auburn Assistant Coach) Henry Rolle is in his 17th season on The Plains and works with Auburn’s women’s sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.In 2012, Rolle coached a double medalist in the world junior games as well as a NCAA runner-up and nine Olympians all while serving as relays coordinator for his native Bahamas.