2012 Michigan Olympian Bios

Women's Basketball

Krista Phillips (Canada)
Women's Basketball • Center
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2007-10)

Phillips is making her first Olympic appearance after spending five years with the Canadian National Team. Canada is back in the Olympics for the first time since 2000 after securing the last berth with a 71-63 win over Japan in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In the qualifier, she averaged 6.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. Since joining the Canadian program in 2005 as a member of the junior national team, Phillips has played in 67 international games and was elevated to the senior national team in 2010. A four-year letterwinner at Michigan, Phillips ranks No. 19 on U-M's all-time scoring list with 1,090 points and ninth on the all-time rebound list with 707. She is the first Olympian in Michigan women's basketball history.

Men's Swimming

Derya Büyükuncu (Turkey)
Swimming • 200-meter Backstroke
Sixth Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (1995-98)

The first six-time Olympian in Michigan history, Büyükuncu has competed in every Summer Olympics for his native Turkey since 1992 and has been a member of the Turkish National Team for more than 25 years. His best finishes came in the 200-meter backstroke, where he took 22nd in the race in both 2004 and 2008. While at Michigan, Büyükuncu set programs records in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly events and won the Big Ten 100- and 200-yard backstroke titles in each of his four collegiate seasons. He was a member of the legendary 1995 NCAA National Championship team and claimed Big Ten Swimmer of the Year accolades in 1996.

Tyler Clary (United States)
Swimming • 200-meter Butterfly, 200-meter Backstroke
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2008-10)

Clary will compete in the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke in his first Olympic appearance after taking second in both races at U.S. Trials. Clary won three NCAA titles at Michigan and set school records in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley prior to foregoing his senior season. He currently owns NCAA records in the 200-yard backstroke and the 400-yard individual medley. Clary, who swims for Jon Urbanchek's FAST Club Team, will return to Michigan to finish his degree and swim for Club Wolverine following the London Games.

Charlie Houchin (United States)
Swimming • 4x200-meter Freestyle relay
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2007-10)

Houchin took sixth in the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials and fourth in the 400-meter freestyle to secure his berth to London. A two-time All-American at Michigan, Houchin captured a Big Ten title as a member of U-M's 400-yard freestyle relay squad in 2009.

Connor Jaeger (United States)
Swimming • 1,500-meter Freestyle
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2011-current)

Jaeger clocked a personal-best 14:52.51 to claim second place in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials and earn his berth to the London Games. His time, recorded in just his fifth ever 1,500-meter race, is the fifth fastest in the world entering the Olympics. The lone current member of the Michigan swim team to qualify for London, Jaeger earned 2012 All-America honors in the 500-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle and 1,650-freestyle relay and captured Big Ten titles in the 1,650- and 800-yard freestyle relays.

Michael Phelps
Swimming • Multiple Events
Fourth Olympic Appearance • U-M Volunteer Assistant Coach (2005-08)

Phelps is qualified for eight events at trials after winning in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 200-meter individual medley at the trials. Now in his fourth Olympics, he holds the record for most Olympic appearances by a U.S. male athlete. A former U-M volunteer assistant coach while training under former head coach Bob Bowman, Phelps boasts 16 Olympic medals, including 14 gold, winning more medals than any other athlete at both the 2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games. He holds the all-time record for most Olympic gold medals and the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics with eight in Beijing.

Davis Tarwater (United States)
Swimming • 4x200-meter Freestyle
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2003-06)

After just narrowly missing the 2008 Olympic squad in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4x200-meter freestyle team by one spot, Tarwater was added to the USA's 4x200-meter freestyle relay after placing seventh in the 200-meter freestyle at the trials. Tarwater won three individual NCAA Championships and was a 13-time All-American at Michigan. U-M's 2006 male Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Tarwater studied public policy at Oxford University before returning to swimming full time in 2010.

Peter Vanderkaay (United States)
Swimming • 400-meter Freestyle
Third Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2003-06)

Vanderkaay will compete in his third Olympic games. After being a part of the gold medal-winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay team in Athens, Vanderkaay claimed a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle in Beijing and contributed a world-record setting time of 6:58.56 en route to gold with the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. With three Olympic medals, he is tied with Tom Dolan for second all time among swimmers with Michigan ties and is one of four U-M aquatic Olympians to win gold in separate Olympic Games. As a Wolverine student-athlete, Vanderkaay won six NCAA titles and 14 Big Ten crowns.

Men's Gymnastics

Syque Caesar (Bangladesh)
Gymnastics • All-Around
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2009-present)

Caesar earned his first Olympic berth after winning the first gold medal in Central South Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships with a score of 14.60 on parallel bars and taking silver on vault and bronze on floor to garner a bronze medal in the all-around competition. Caesar, who was forced to miss the majority of the 2012 collegiate season due to a torn pectoral injury, is two-time team captain and won the 2011 Big Ten title on parallel bars. He is seeking to become to the first Bengali athlete to ever medal at the Olympic Games.

Sam Mikulak (United States)
Gymnastics • All-Around
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2011-present)

Mikulak became the first U-M American gymnast to be selected for the Olympic Games, posting the top all-around score (91.80) on day one of Olympic Trials and the top aggregate event scores on parallel bars (46.90) and on vault (48.20) to take second in each discipline. He earned his spot in trials after taking third in the all-around competition at the 2012 Visa Championships. At Michigan, he became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the NCAA all-around title as a freshman in 2011 and last year, as a sophomore, won the NCAA high bar championship and took second place in the all-around competition.

Rowing

Janine Hanson (Canada)
Rowing • Women's Eight
Second Olympic Appearance • U-M Letterwinner (2006-06)

Hanson enters her second Olympic games with the Canadian team, which claimed eighth place at the 2008 Beijing Games. Hanson is a three-time member of the Canadian team at the FISA World Championships, winning back-to-back silver medals in 2010 and 2011.

Sarah Trowbridge (United States)
Rowing • Double Sculls
First Olympic Appearance • U-M Letterwinner (2003-05)

Trowbridge will make her Olympic debut, along with her partner and former Ohio State Buckeye Margo Shumway, after the pair won double sculls at the final qualification event in May. Trowbridge has been a member of the national team since 2008, earning a silver medal in quadruple sculls at the 2009 World Championships.

Men's Track and Field

Nate Brannen (Canada)
Track and Field • 1,500m
Second Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2002-05)

An 11-time All-American in cross country and track during his time at Michigan, Brannen secured his spot on the Canadian Olympic team after winning the 1,500-meter run at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Calgary. This will mark Brannen's second appearance at the Olympics; he was a 1,500-meter semifinalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Jeff Porter (USA)
Track and Field • 110m Hurdles
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2004-07)

Porter, an NCAA champion and three-time All-American at Michigan, earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the first time in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He dove across the line in a personal-best time (13.08) to clinch the final qualifying spot. Porter reached his first Diamond League podium in June, finishing runner up at New York's adidas Grand Prix.

Nick Willis (New Zealand)
Track and Field • 1,500m
Third Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2003-05)

Willis returns to the Olympic stage for the third time after setting a New Zealand and personal-best record of 3:30.35 at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 21. He captured the silver medal in the 1,500-meter run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He finished third in the race but was elevated to the silver medal after winner Rashid Ramzi tested positive for a banned substance. After redshirting his 2004 outdoor season at Michigan, Willis was a semifinalist in the 1,500m at the Athens Games.

Women's Track and Field

Geena Gall (USA)
Track and Field • 800m
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2006-09)

Gall, a 10-time All-American and two-time 800 meter NCAA champion at Michigan, will represent the U.S. in the 800-meter run in her first Olympic appearance. Gall secured her spot on Team USA in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials, using a strong kick in the final 100 meters to lock up a runner-up finish. While still a U-M student-athlete four years ago, Gall finished seventh at the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Uhunoma Osazuwa (Nigeria)
Track and Field • Heptathlon
First Olympic Appearance • Current U-M College of Pharmacy student

Currently pursuing her doctorate degree in pharmacy from Michigan, Osazuwa realized her dream of making the Nigerian Olympic team after scoring a career-best 6,049 points at the Pan American Combined Events Championship in Ottawa, Canada, in May to snap a 12-year-old Nigerian record. A 2010 graduate of Syracuse University, Osazuwa was an All-America pentathlete and two-time Big East Conference heptathlon champion as an undergraduate.

Tiffany (Ofili) Porter (Great Britain)
Track and Field • 100m Hurdles
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2006-09)

Porter, a USA-British dual-citizen since birth, will compete in her first Olympics for Great Britain in the 100-meter hurdles. She took home the silver medal at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles. During her time at Michigan, Porter was a five-time national champion, winning three titles in the 100-meter hurdles and two in the 60-meter hurdles.

Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes (Canada)
Track and Field • 1,500m
First Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2005-08)

Sifuentes made a last minute push for her spot on the Canadian Olympic Team, hitting the qualifying standard just a week before the trials, followed by a third-place finish at the trials. A nine-time All-American while at Michigan, she will represent Canada in the 1,500-meter run. Sifuentes had a breakout year in 2010, winning the silver medal at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup for the combined Americas team and also competed for Canada at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Water Polo

Betsey Armstrong (United States)
Water Polo • Goalkeeper
Second Olympic Appearance • U-M letterwinner (2002-05)

After contributing to Team USA's silver-medal finish in Beijing as an Olympic rookie four years ago, Armstrong will backstop a veteran squad in 2012. The U.S. squad qualified for the London with a gold-medal effort at the 2011 Pan American Games, where Armstrong posted 28 saves, including 13 in a marathon championship game vs. Canada -- two of which came on last-minute penalty shots. Armstrong, a 2008 inductee into the Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame, was named the Top Goalkeeper at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final and 2010's FINA Aquatics World Magazine Female Water Polo Player of the Year. An Ann Arbor native, Armstrong is one of just two non-Californians on the U.S. Olympic roster and the only to attend college outside of the Golden State.


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