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Connecticut College in the Olympics

The reputation of Connecticut College’s athletic program extends beyond the borders of the United States. Ten Connecticut College alumni have qualified for Olympic competition.

In 2004, Carol Cronin ’86 and Meg Gaillard ’95 represented the sailing program in Athens, Greece.  Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-American Amanda Clark ’05 fulfilled a lifelong dream when she represented the U.S. in the 470 Division at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In 2012, Clark placed ninth in the 470 Class at the Games of the XXX Olympiad held in London.

Connecticut College men’s rowing coach Ric Ricci has coached three Connecticut College Olympians from two different eras. In the summer of 1976, Anita DeFrantz ’74 captured the Bronze Medal in the first women’s rowing event ever contested, in Montreal. DeFrantz went on to become the first American woman as well as the first African-American to represent the United States on the International Olympic Committee. Catherine Menges Zagunis ’74 competed in the fours at the 1976 Olympics. In 1996, Tim Young ’92 won a silver medal in Atlanta with the Quadruple Sculls Team.

Jim Gabarra ’81 played on the U.S. men’s soccer team in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. Jan Merrill-Morin ’79 competed in the 1,500 meters at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. Jane Cadwell Lott ’36 was the program’s first Olympic qualifier. Lott competed in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  Connecticut College strength and conditioning coach William Wuyke represented his homeland of Venezuela in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, competing in the 800 meters for the track and field team. In 2009, he was inducted into the Venezuela Athletic Federation Hall of Fame.

2016 (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)

Ragna Agerup '20 (49er FX)

2012 (London, England)

Amanda Clark '05 (470 Class - Two Person Dinghy)
Bob Willis '10 (Wind Surfing RS:X)

2008 (Beijing, China)

Amanda Clark '05 (470 Class - Two Person Dinghy)

2004 (Athens, Greece)

Carol Cronin '86 (Yngling)
Meg Gaillard '95 (Europe - Single Handed Dinghy)

1996 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Tim Young '92 (Quadruple Sculls Team) ***Silver Medalist*

1988 (Seoul, South Korea)

Jim Gabarra '81 (Men's Soccer)

1984 (Los Angeles, California)

William Wuyke - Venezuela (Athletics - 800 Meters)

1980 (Moscow, Soviet Union)

Anita DeFrantz '74 (Women's Rowing Individual) ***Did Not Compete Due to Boycott***
William Wuyke  - Venezuela (Athletics - 800 Meters)

1976 (Montreal, Quebec)

Anita DeFrantz '74 (Women's Rowing Eight with Coxswain) ***Bronze Medalist***
Catherine Mendes Zagunis '74 (Women's Rowing Fours With Coxswain)
Jan Merrill-Morin '79 (Athletics - 1,500 Meters)

1932 (Los Angeles, California)

Jane Cadwell Scott '36 (Swimming - 200 Breast)

 Tim Young '92 Amanda Clark '05

Tim Young '92 (left) and Amanda Clark '05 (right) are two of 10 Connecticut College graduates who have qualified to compete in the Olympics.