—Current Gamecocks diver Julia Vincent will compete for South Africa in the 3m springboard event on Friday, August 12. Vincent, who will be a junior, qualified by winning the 3m event in the South African Olympic Trials. Collegiately, she placed 4th in the NCAA 1m dive, just short of bronze media honors.
—Fellow junior Akaram Mahmoud, from Egypt, qualified for the 400m and 1500m freestyle. Although he fell well short of advancing in the 400m event, he will have a chance in the 1500m on Friday. Mahmoud grabbed a silver medal in the NCAA 1650m freestyle this past spring. His countryman, Marwan El Kamash - who has transferred to Indiana - qualified for the 200m and 400m freestyle events, but failed to advance in both.
—Track athlete Aliyah Abrams was born in New York City, but will represent her parents’ country - Guyana - in the 400m run on Saturday. The rising sophomore was part of the Gamecocks’ third-place 4x400 meter outdoor relay team and qualified for the Olympics by virtue of her 52.04 mark in the 400m at the SEC Championship.
—Natasha Hastings, a gold medalist at the 2008 Games in Beijing, will be representing the U.S. once more in the Rio Games. She will be participating in the 400m run and the 4x400 relay on Saturday, looking to repeat her gold-medal relay performance eight years ago.
—Former 2015 NCAA high jump champ and Gamecocks alum Jeanelle Scheper (Saint Lucia) will be participating in her first Olympics in Rio. Scheper will be competing next Thursday.
—Kierre Beckles (Barbados) will be participating in the women’s 100m hurdles next Tuesday. Beckles, a 2012 grad, will be coached by longtime track and field coach Curtis Frye.
—Sabrina D’Angelo is currently backstopping the Canadian women’s soccer team in hopes of improving their bronze medal showing four years ago in London. Canada went a perfect 3-0 in group play - 3-1 over Zimbabwe (a D’Angelo start, 2-0 over Australia, and 2-1 over Germany, their first win over the Germans in 13 tries - and open the quarterfinals against France on Friday.
—Dawn Staley is an assistant to head coach Geno Auriemma on the United States women’s basketball team. The U.S. is a heavy favorite to win their sixth straight gold (eighth overall) and is off to a good start, beating Spain by 40 and Senegal by an Olympic record 65 points. Next up: Serbia on Wednesday.
—Gamecocks track and field head coach Curtis Frye is coaching the U.S. sprint and hurdle athletes as track and field (aka athletics) events start on Friday.