The 42 universities with student-athletes in Rio

US Olympians balance college and competition

Emily Hatton, Senior WriterEmily Hatton, senior writer

A number of America's best athletes spend their years balancing school work with workouts.  

Seventy-six college students made the trip down to Rio de Janeiro to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games—while additional students enrolled in American schools are competing for other countries.

These elite athletes manage packed schedules that include studying, practice, national trials and international competitions.

This year, Stanford University sent the most U.S. Olympians: eight total.  The University of Georgia, University of Texas, and the University of California, Berkeley followed, each sending five students. But institutions from across the nation—including a community college—have students competing for America.

Stanford University

Kassidy Cook, Class of 2018, Diving
Studying communications

Alexander Massialas, Class of 2016, Fencing
Studying mechanical engineering

Marion Lepert, Class of 2018, Sailing
Studying mechanical engineering

Makenzie Fischer, Class of 2019, Water polo

Ben Hallock, Class of 2020, Water polo

Maggie Steffens, Class of 2016, Water polo
Studying science, technology, and society

Simone Manuel, Class of 2018, Swimming

Lia Neal, Class of 2017, Swimming
Studying science, technology, and society

University of Georgia

Keturah Orji, Class of 2018, Track and field
Studying financial planning

Kendell Williams, Class of 2017, Track and field
Studying public relations

Gunnar Bentz, Class of 2018, Swimming
Studying business management and aerospace studies

Jay Litherland, Class of 2018, Swimming
Studying business

Olivia Smoliga, Class of 2017, Swimming
Studying psychology

University of California, Berkeley

Luca Cupido, Water polo

Ryan Murphy, Class of 2017, Swimming

Jacob Pebley, Class of 2016, Swimming
Studying psychology

Josh Prenot, Class of 2017, Swimming
Studying physics

Kathleen Baker, Class of 2019, Swimming
Studying public health

University of Texas

Ryan Crouser, Class of 2015 (master's), Track and field
Studying finance

Jack Conger, Class of 2018, Swimming
Studying corporate communications

Townley Haas, Class of 2019, Swimming

Clark Smith, Class of 2017, Swimming
Studying kinesiology

Byron Robinson, Class of 2017, Track and field
Studying government

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Indiana University

Michael Hixon, Class of 2018, Diving
Studying economic consulting

Jessica Parratto, Diving
Studying community health

Lilly King, Class of 2019, Swimming
Studying physical education

Blake Pieroni, Class of 2018, Swimming
Studying biology

University of Oregon

Devon Allen, Class of 2017, Track and field
Studying business administration

Deajah Stevens, Track and field

Ariana Washington, Class of 2019, Track and field
Studying education

University of California, Los Angeles

Rachel Fattal, Class of 2016, Water polo
Studying history

Alex Roelse, Class of 2018, Water polo
Studying business economics

University of Arkansas

Jarrion Lawson, Class of 2016, Track and field

Lexi Weeks, Class of 2019, Track and field
Studying chemistry

University of Akron

Clayton Murphy, Class of 2017, Track and field
Studying corporate finance

Texas A&M University

Maggie Malone, Class of 2017, Track and field
Studying human resources

Shelbi Vaughan, Class of 2016, Track and field
Studying sports management

Princeton University

Katharine Holmes, Class of 2017, Fencing
Studying neuroscience

Ashleigh Johnson, Class of 2016, Water polo
Studying psychology

North Carolina State University

Lucas Kozeniesky, Class of 2017, Shooting
Studying sport management

Ryan Held, Class of 2018, Swimming

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University of Southern California

McQuin Baron, Class of 2018, Water polo
Studying business

Thomas Dunstan, Class of 2020, Water polo

Marian University

Brooke Crain, Cycling

Chloé Dygert, Cycling

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Zach Ziemek, Class of 2016, Track and field
Studying nautical engineering

Kelsey Card, Class of 2016, Track and field
Studying human development and family studies

University of New Mexico

Courtney Frerichs, Class of 2017 (master's), Track and field
Studying community health education

King University

Haley Augello, Wrestling

Northwestern University

Jordan Wilimovsky, Class of 2016, Swimming
Studying political science

University of Missouri, Columbia

J'den Cox, Wrestling

Ohio State University

Kyle Snyder, Wrestling

Texas Tech University

Brad Adkins, Class of 2016, Track and field
Studying wind energy

University of St. Mary

Lydia Paterson, Class of 2018, Shooting
Studying biology

West Virginia University

Ginny Thrasher, Class of 2019, Shooting
Studying engineering

Southern Methodist University

Jackie Galloway, Taekwondo
Studying mechanical engineering

Florida Atlantic University

Pedro Pascual, Class of 2018, Sailing
Studying mechanical engineering

Air Force Academy

David Higgins, Shooting
Studying economics

University of Notre Dame

Lee Kiefer, Class of 2017, Fencing
Studying pre-med

Oakton Community College

Alisa Kano, Gymnastics 

College of Charleston

Paris Henken, Class of 2019, Sailing

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Connor Fields, Class of 2018, Cycling
Studying marketing

University of Arizona

Corben Sharrah, Class of 2018, Cycling
Studying science

Harvard University

Eli Dershwitz, Class of 2018, Fencing

Purdue University

Steele Johnson, Diving

Pennsylvania State University

Matt Baranoski, Class of 2016, Cycling
Studying electrical engineering

University of Connecticut

Breanna Stewart, Class of 2016, Women's Basketball
Studying sport in society

University of Maryland

Ashley Nee, Canoe/kayak

University of Minnesota

Kelly Catlin, Class of 2018, Cycling
Studying biomedical engineering and Chinese

Colorado State University

Ben Pinkelman, Class of 2016, Rugby
Studying criminal justice

Southern Illinois University

DeAnna Price, Class of 2016, Track and field
Studying accounting

Cornell University

Rudy Winkler, Class of 2017, Track and field
Studying information science

University of Mississippi

Raven Saunders, Class of 2018, Track and field
Studying general studies

University of Tennessee

Christian Coleman, Class of 2018, Track and field
Studying sports management

University of Florida

Caeleb Dressel, Class of 2018, Swimming

University of Virginia

Leah Smith, Class of 2017, Swimming
Studying media studies 

University of California–Irvine

Phillip Chew, Badminton, Class of 2019, Badminton
Studying business economics

University of Colorado–Colorado Springs

Adeline Grey, wrestling

Jennifer Valente, track cycling


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