July 15, 2004
Former Yale track stars Kate and Laura O'Neill will compete in the 10,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Friday night in Sacramento. The top three finishers who have met the Olympic A qualifying standard will be named to the U.S. Olympic roster. Kate O'Neill has already met the A standard (31:45) with a 31:34.27 at Stanford's Cardinal Invitational April 30, giving her the third-best qualifying time among those at the trials. Laura O'Neill has the eighth-best qualifying time (32:27.89). The race, scheduled for 12:20 AM Eastern Time Saturday morning, will be televised by the USA Network.
If either one makes it to Athens, it will add to an already impressive list of Bulldogs at the Olympics. Among those scheduled to compete:
Isabelle Kinsolving '02
Sailing for U.S.
Isabelle was a team captain and helped the team qualify for both the women's nationals and co-ed nationals her senior year. Sailing was not a varsity sport while she was attending Yale. She played ice hockey.
Sada Jacobson '04
Fencing for U.S.
Sada was NCAA Sabre Champion in 2001 and 2002 before leaving school to train for the Olympics. Originally in the class of 2004, she will return to Yale this fall to begin her junior year.
Eleni Benson '04
Soccer for Greece
Eleni took 2003-04 off from Yale to compete for a spot on the Greek National Team. She plans to return to Yale for her senior campaign this fall.
Celita Schutz '90
Judo for U.S.
Celita (sa-LEET-a) was a varsity women's soccer and basketball player at Yale. She qualified for the Olympic Team Trials in multiple categories and will make her third (1996, 2000) Olympic Games appearance this summer.
George Gleason '01
Swimmer for U.S Virgin Islands
George, who swam at Sydney Olympics in 2000, earned numerous honors as a freestyler and backstroker for the Bulldogs. He owns the Yale records in the 200 free (1:36.74), 200 back (1:44.73) and 400 IM (3:50.11). He was second team All-Ivy twice and won the Harold Ulen Award for most career points at EISLs. Gleason was also Verizon District I Academic All-Amercian, Verizon Second Team Academic All-American and Academic All-Ivy.
Matt Taylor '92
Canoe & Kayak for U.S.
Matt, who is on the Slalom National A Team Men's C-2, was not a varsity athlete at Yale.
Yale is also well-represented off the field, with several alums working for NBC Sports covering the games. Among them are:
Dick Ebersol '69
Peter Diamond '74
Dan Fleschner '01
Ron Vaccaro '04
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity Department