Courtesy: America East Communications

Four Athletes with America East Ties Set to Compete in Rio Olympics

Release: 08/05/2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - A trio of athletes who competed in track & field in America East and one former swimmer will represent their respective countries in the upcoming 2016 Olympic games in Brazil. 

Grace Claxton, Albany 

  • The Albany senior will compete for her native Puerto Rico and is Albany's first-ever women's track & field Olympian. 
  • Will compete in the 400-meter hurdles.
  • Was the co-recipient of the Coaches' Award for accumulating the most individual points at the America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship in May.

Lucy (Van Dalen) Oliver, Stony Brook '12

  • Named to New Zealand’s Olympic team for the second time.
  • Will compete in women's 5,000 meters.
  • Was a six-time All-American and the 2012 national champion in the indoor mile while at Stony Brook.
  • 2012 America East Woman of the Year. 

Mohamed Hussein, UMBC '15

  • Will swim 200 IM for Egypt beginning on Wednesday, August 10.
  • Was a two-time America East Swimmer of the Meet.

Gemma Acheampong, Boston University '15

  • Will compete on the 4x100 relay squad for Ghana.
  • Ran in the 2012 America East Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.