Washington Huskies To Make Showing In Sydney Olympics
Sept. 6, 2000
SEATTLE--While the world is watching the 2000 Olympic Games take place in Sydney, Australia, Washington Husky fans will see a few familiar faces in everything from crew events to track to soccer as well as behind the scenes.
Track & Field
Sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker, a current Husky senior and two-time Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, will likely be participating in the preliminary heat of the 4x400 relay at the 2000 Olympics. After finishing seventh in the finals of the 400-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Hooker (Ellensburg, Wash./Ellensburg HS) earned a spot on the US track team as part of a six man pool of 4x400 runners picked by coaches.
Former Husky, Adam Setliff (Houston, TX) will compete in the men's discus at the Sydney Games after winning the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials. This will be his second attempt at an Olympic medal, having finished 12th at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. While at UW, Setliff was the runner-up in the Pac-10 in 1992 and 1993. He was also fifth at the NCAAs in 1993. He also boasts the school's second best throw, a mark of 210-3.
Washington alumnus Christian Belz (Bollingen, Switzerland, UW '98) will compete for the Swiss Olympic team in the steeplechase. Belz, who won the Swiss national championship the last two years, ran both cross country and track for the Huskies from 1996-98. He was the Pac-10 steeplechase runner-up in 1997 and '98. During his cross country career at Washington, he went to the NCAA championships twice, recording a 17th-place finish in 1998.
Marc Schneider (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS, UW '93) will row in the men's lightweight four at the Sydney Games. Schneider rowed with the UW varsity eight that won a bronze medal at the 1995 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. This will be his second appearance in the Olympics. Schneider won a bronze medal in the lightweight four at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
Katie Maloney (Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach HS, UW '96) will compete with the women's eight-oared crew. While at UW, Maloney rowed in Husky varsity eights that finished second at the 1995 National Championships and fourth at the '96 nationals. She was also part of the UW junior varsity crew that won a gold medal at nationals in 1994.
Dave Calder (Victoria, B.C.) will compete in the Canadian men's eight at the 2000 Games. Calder will be a senior at UW this year. He was a part of the Husky freshman crew that won a gold medal at the IRAs in 1997. As a sophomore in 1998, he rowed in the varsity eight that won a silver medal.
Phil Henry (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside HS, UW '94) will travel with the U.S. squad as a spare. Henry was part of the UW varsity eight that finished fourth at the '94 IRAs.
Washington men's coach Bob Ernst, who has coached in four Olympic Games (1976, '80, '84, '88) will be the course announcer at the rowing venue in Sydney. In 1996, he worked with NBC-TV providing color commentary for the rowing events at the Atlanta Games. Ernst is entering his 14th season as men's head coach and his 26th year at Washington.
Rowing team members were announced following the trials and selection procedures over the past month. The team will compete in the rowing events that take place from Sept. 17-24 in Sydney. The United States is the only country to qualify a full contingent of 14 boats and 48 athletes for the Games.
Amy Allmann (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS), assistant women's soccer coach for the Huskies, will serve as the color analyst for NBC Sports' coverage of the Olympic women's soccer tournament. Allmann, who is in her fifth season at Washington, played goalkeeper on the US national team from 1987-91, including the American team that won the inaugural Women's World Cup in China in 1991.
Chrissy Price (Longview, Wash., Mark Morris HS), who is entering her fifth year as an athletic trainer at Washington will serve as trainer for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team at the Sydney Games. Price has worked with the U.S. Women in the past and also worked as a staff trainer as the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. At UW, Price works primarily with the Husky women's volleyball team and the men's and women's rowing programs.
Chad McCarty (Clovis, CA), who played for UW from 1995-97, will appear in the Olympics as part of the U.S. men's soccer team. McCarty helped lead the Huskies to three straight NCAA tournament appearances before leaving as a junior to train for the MLS as part of a developmental program. He was part of the Tampa Bay Mutiny's (his current team) top 11 for the final six matches of the 1998 season, as a 21 year old.
Laure Savasta (Grane, France, UW '97), a three-year letter winner for the Huskies from 1995-97, will be playing with the French women's basketball team at the Sydney Games. While at UW, Savasta was a three-time Pac-10 honorable mention honoree and was the women's basketball Tyee Athlete of the Year in 1997. Savasta was the first Washington player to earn a spot in the WNBA, as a free agent with the Sacramento Monarchs in 1998.
Todd MacCulloch (Winnipeg, Manitoba, UW '99), a two-time All-Pac-10 center, will be representing Team Canada in the men's basketball competition in Sydney. MacCulloch concluded his career as UW's No. 3 all-time leader scorer (1,743 points) and No. 4 rebounder (975). He is entering his second season with the Philadelphia 76ers, who drafted him in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft.
UW assistant gymnastics coach Frank Lee (Seoul, Korea/Cascade HS, UW '89) will be the coach of the gymnastics team from Namibia, Africa. The team, which consists of one member, is the first in gymnastics for the country. Lee, who came to UW as an assistant coach in the fall of 1999, has coached several pupils on the national and international stage and is also the owner and head coach of the Cascade Elite Gymnastics Club in Montlake Terrace. While a student at UW, he was the member of the Husky men's gymnastic club team. The Namibian team, which consists of one member, will make the first Olympic gymnastics appearance for the country.