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Beijing Olympics

Bay area's select few Olympic athletes

Over the next two months, the majority of the teams that will represent the United States at August's Beijing Olympics will select their members through trials, selection camps and/or processes that require advanced code-breaking skills to understand. These are the athletes with connections to the Tampa Bay area who have made a team or are in the mix for selection listed with their events and some of their recent accomplishments.

Olympic team members

SAILING, Zach Railey

Clearwater, Men's Finn 1, Won Olympic trials in October at Newport Beach, Calif., Ben Barger

Tampa, Men's RS-X, Won Olympic trials in October at Long Beach, Calif.

In the selection mix

Swimming

Trials June 29-July 6 in Omaha, Neb., Women, Kaitlin Frehling

Seminole High junior-to-be, 50-meter free, Won state championship in 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly last

season., Kelley Hug, right

Academy of the Holy Names '06/Stanford, 100 back, 100 fly, 18th in 100-yard fly, 18th in 100 back this year at Pac-10 championships., Katie Kastes, right

Countryside '07/Arkansas, 100 fly,

200 fly, Ninth at NCAA championships this year in 200 fly, third at SEC

championships. Named to SEC all-freshman team., Melanie Margalis

Countryside High junior-to-be, 200 IM, Won state title in 200 IM last season, third in state meet in 100

breaststroke. Sister of U.S. national team member Robert Margalis., Chelsea Nauta

Tampa Prep '07/

Georgia, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, Sixth in 500 free, ninth in 200 free at this year's NCAA championships to help lead Georgia to seventh-place team finish. Third in 200 free and 100 free at SEC championships. Named to SEC all-freshman team., Megan Romano, right

Northeast High senior-to-be, 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 100 back,

200 back, Last season broke 10-year-old state record in 100 back with 54.41 seconds. In 200 free, swam 1:46.70, less than a second off the national record. Won state titles in both events., Claire Thompson

Admiral Farragut '07/S. Carolina, 200 free, 13th in 1, 650 free, 13th in 500 free, 15th in 200 free at SEC championships., Men, Robert Margalis

Clearwater '98/Georgia, 200 free, 400 free,

1, 500 free, 200 back,

200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, Member of 2007-08 U.S. national team. Second in 400 IM this year at world short-course championships. Second to Michael Phelps in 400 IM at Santa Clara International meet. Competed in 04 Olympic trials., Grant Johnson

Clearwater/Florida, 200 free, 100 back, 22nd in 1, 650 free this year at NCAA championships, where Gators

finished eighth. Third in 500 free, sixth in 200 free, 13th in 1, 650 free at

SEC championships., Tommy Wyher

Jesuit '07/N. Carolina, 100 fly,

100 back, Won 100 back, eighth in 100 fly this year at ACC championships, helping North Carolina to second-place finish.

Tennis

Selection based on world rankings, invitations, James Blake, right

Tampa, Men's

singles, Second-highest ranked American man going into French Open, where he lost in the second round. Top-ranked American Andy Roddick has said he won't compete in Beijing., Mardy Fish

Tampa, Men's singles, Third-highest ranked American. Lost in the second round at the French Open. Lost 2004 Olympic gold-medal match to Nicolas Massu of Chile in five sets.

DIVING

Trials June 18-22,

selection camp July 2-6, Chris Colwill, right

Tampa Prep '03/

Georgia, Qualified in 3-meter springboard for Olympic trials June 18-22 in Indianapolis and in 3-meter synchronized with Jevon Tarantino of Boca Raton for Olympic team selection camp July 2-6 at the University

of Tennessee, Six-time national team member. Named diver of the year this year after winning 1-meter springboard title and finishing second in 3-meter and platform at NCAA championships. Won 3-meter synchronized title with Tarantino, finished fourth in 3-meter at spring national championships. Second in 3-meter synchro with Tarantino to Chinese team at USA

Grand Prix.

WRESTLING

About the Olympics

The 29th Summer Games are Aug. 8-24 in Beijing. More than 10,000 athletes from 205 nations are expected to compete. The International Olympic Committee recognizes 28 sports, but in some cases, it lumps together under one label what most would consider different sports. For example, swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo are grouped under aquatics. So practically, there are 34 sports. Medals will be awarded in 302 events.

Bay area's select few Olympic athletes 05/31/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2008 8:37pm]
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