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18 Michigan athletes headed to London for Olympics

By Colleen Thomas, Daily Sports Editor
Published July 6, 2012

Mikulak was named to the five-man USA men’s gymnastics roster headed to London, which made him the first Wolverine gymnast to represent the USA in a Summer Olympics.

Tom Peszek: Rower, USA men’s pair. Peszek competed at Michigan from 2003-07, where he rowed with the club team. He’s competed in many international competitions, where his best finish was sixth in the men’s eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships. Peszek has also had numerous top-three finishes in national competitions, and won the 2012 Olympic Trials in the men’s pair.

Krista Phillips: Center, Canada women’s basketball. Phillips played at Michigan from 2006-10, earning four varsity letters and two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades. She was a part of Canada’s Junior National team before her stint in Ann Arbor, and has played professionally overseas.

Jeff Porter: Runner, USA men’s 110m hurdles. Porter competed at Michigan from 2006-09, lettering in each of his four years. He was the 2007 NCAA champion in the 60m hurdles as a Wolverine, and met his future wife, Wolverine track star Tiffany (Ofili) Porter, during his time in Ann Arbor. Porter will compete in his first Olympics this summer.

Tiffany (Ofili) Porter: Runner, Great Britain women’s 100m hurdles. Porter was a five-time national champion at Michigan from 2006-09, winning three consecutive 100m hurdles titles at the NCAA Outdoor championships as well as two consecutive 60m hurdles titles at the NCAA Indoor meet. She also holds the Michigan program record in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and the 100m hurdles. Porter met her future husband, Jeff Porter, while running at Michigan, and she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2012. Porter went to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, but failed to qualify, and because of her dual citizenship, she was eligible to compete for a spot on Great Britain’s national team for the 2012 Olympics. Porter has also won numerous medals in international competition.

Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes: Runner, Canada women’s 1,500m run. Sifuentes competed at Michigan from 2005-08, earning four varsity letters. She was a 10-time All-American as a Wolverine and was a part of the collegiate record-setting “Fab Four” that won 4x800m and 4x1500m Penn Relays in 2007. Sifuentes has competed and won medals in international competition, and is currently sponsored by Saucony.

Davis Tarwater: Swimmer, USA men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. Tarwater competed at Michigan from 2003-06 where he was a four-time varsity letterwinner and a three-time NCAA Champion in the 200-yard butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay team. Tarwater narrowly missed qualifying for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but made the 2012 squad when Michael Phelps withdrew from the 4x200m freestyle relay team.

Sarah Trowbridge: Rower, USA double sculls. Trowbridge rowed at Michigan from 2003-05, lettering three times. She’s been a part of the U.S. National team for five years after her time in Ann Arbor, and has won numerous medals in international competition.

Peter Vanderkaay: Swimmer, USA men’s 400m freestyle. Vanderkaay was a four-time varsity letterwinner and a five-time NCAA Champion during his career at Michigan from 2003-06. He competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics, swimming the 4x200m freestyle relay team that won gold. Overall, Vanderkaay has won two Olympic gold medals and one bronze in addition to multiple World Championships.

Nick Willis: Runner, New Zealand men’s 1,500m run. Willis spent three years at Michigan, earning three varsity letters, and plans on returning in the fall to complete his degree. He won the 2005 NCAA indoor title in the mile run as a Wolverine and was also a part of the world-record-breaking distance medley relay team in 2004. Willis competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he won the bronze medal in the 1,500m run. He has also won numerous medals in international and national competitions, where he established the New Zealand national record in the 1,500m run.