Current and former UF athletes headed to Tokyo Olympics

Alan Festo
Gator Sports

The University of Florida will be well represented at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which begin July 23.

Swimming sensation Caeleb Dressel will lead a congregation of Gators with gold-medal aspirations. While Dressel broke Michael Phelps' record of eight total medals at the 2019 world championships in South Korea, he has yet to earn an individual Olympic gold medal.

On the track, Grant Holloway hopes to bring home gold in the 110m hurdles. In the semifinals of the US Olympic Trials, Holloway finished in 12.81 seconds — the second-fastest time in world history. 

Several UF athletes will represent other countries, including swimmer Eric Friese for Germany, jump specialist Yanis David for France and steeplechase runner Genevieve LaCaze Gregson for Australia, among others.

Florida also will have two coaches representing Team USA in Tokyo: Mike Hollowayis the head men's track and field coach, and Anthony Nesty will serve as an assistant coach for men's swimming. 

A complete look at past and current UF athletes who will compete at the Olympics:


Caeleb Dressel, a former Florida standout, reacts after winning the 100m freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at CHI Health Center Omaha. Dressel will compete in four events at the Tokyo Olympics: the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly and 4x100 free relay.

Caeleb Dressel

Events: 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 4x100 free relay

How qualified: Tied the American record in the 50 free (21.04) and the US record in the 100 free (47.39) at the US Olympic Trials. Finished first in the 100 fly (49.87).

Tokyo schedule: 50 free – Heats July 30, Semifinals July 31, Finals Aug, 1. 100 free – Heats July 27, Semifinals July 28, Finals July 29. 100 fly – Heats July 29, Semifinals July 30, Final July 31. 4x100 relays – Heats July 25, Final July 26.

UF career: A 10-time NCAA champion and 28-time All-American (the most that can be achieved in a four-year career). Selected first team All-SEC all four years, and was named SEC Male Swimmer of the Year for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The two-time Olympic gold medalist holds school records in five individual events and four relays.

Hometown/High school: Green Cove Springs/Clay

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Florida Gators swimmer Kieran Smith qualified first in the 400 freestyle and the 200 freestyle at the US Olympic Trials.

Kieran Smith

Events: 200 free, 400 free, 4x200 free relay

How qualified: Finished first in the 400 free (3:44.86) and 200 free (1:45.29) at the US Olympic Trials.

Tokyo schedule: 200 free - Heats July 25, Semifinals July 26, Finals July 27. 400 free - heats July 24, Finals July 25. 4x200 relay - Heats July 27, Finals July 28.

UF career: The 14-time All-American was named the 2020 SEC Male Swimmer of the Year. Holds three UF and SEC records (500 free, 200 free, 800 free). Repeated as SEC Male Swimmer of the Year this spring as a junior.

Hometown/High school: Ridgefield, Connecticut/Ridgefield

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Bobby Finke

Events: 800 free, 1,500 free

How qualified: Finished first in the 800 free (7:48.22) and the 1,500 free (14:46.06) at the US Olympic Trials.

Tokyo schedule: 800 free - Heats July 27, Finals July 29. 1,500 free - Heats July 30, Finals Aug. 1

UF career: The four-time All-American won the 2020 SEC championship in the 1,650m free with an American record time of 14:12.08.

Hometown/High school: Clearwater/Countryside

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Natalie Hinds

Events: 4x100 free relay

How qualified: Finished fourth in the 100m free (53.84) at the US Olympic Trials.

Tokyo schedule: 100 free relay - Heats July 24, Finals July 25

UF career: A 20-time All-American, this is the first Olympics for the 27-year-old. Won the 2015 and 2016 SEC championship in the 100m free.

Hometown/High school: Midland, Texas/Midland

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Eric Friese

Events: 4x100 free relay

How qualified: Will represent Germany after swimming a personal best 49.05 in the 100 free at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series, putting him in a tie for third in Germany in the event.

Tokyo schedule: 100 free relay - Heats July 25, Finals July 26

UF career: The three-time All-American was named to the 2020 SEC All-Freshman team and the 2020 All-SEC second team. 

Hometown/High school: Potsdam, Germany/ Elite School of Sport Friedrich Ludwig Jahn

Alfonso Mestre

Events: 800 free

How Qualified: Will represent Venezuela after posting a qualifying time of 7:50.81. Minimum qualifying time was 7:54.31

Tokyo schedule: 800 free - Heats July 27, Finals July 29

UF career: The sophomore set four career-bests last fall at the Auburn Invite in the 100 free (44.90), 200 free (1:37.02), 500 free 4:18.14) and 200 fly (1:48.28).

Hometown/High school: Pottstown, Pennsylvania/The Hill School

Enzo Martinez-Scarpe

Events: 50 free

How qualified: Will represent Uruguay after leading the country in points earned during the 2020-21 season. Most recently finished fifth in the 50 free in the CA MVN Fran Crippen Time Trials June 24-27. 

Tokyo schedule: 50 free – Heats July 30, Semifinals July 31, Finals Aug, 1.

UF career: The two-time All-American won the 2018 national championship in the 200 free with a time of 1:14.39, which is also a UF record. Was named to the 2017 All-SEC first team and the 2018 All-SEC second team.

Hometown/High school: Maldonado, Uruguay/ Instituto Habilitado Hermanas Capuchinas

Amro Al-Wir

Events: 200m breast

How qualified: Will represent Jordan. Swam a personal best 2:12.40 in the 200 breast at the Indianapolis stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series in May

Tokyo schedule: 200m breast - Heats July 27 Heats, Semifinals July 28, Finals July 29.

UF career: The freshman set career bests at the Auburn Invite in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM.

Hometown: Amman, Jordan


Florida Gators track star Grant Holloway qualified first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.96 seconds at the US Olympic Trials.

Grant Holloway

Events: 110m hurdles

How Qualified: Won the US Olympic Trials semifinals with a time of 12.81 seconds — the second-fastest time in world history — before winning the finals with a time of 12.96.

Tokyo schedule: 110 hurdles – First Round Aug. 3, Semifinals Aug. 4, Finals Aug. 5.

UF career: Owns a school-record eight NCAA championships, including three straight in the 110-meter and 60-meter hurdles (2017-2019). Also won titles in the 2019 60 meters and 2019 4x100 relay. In 2019 was named the USTFCCCA National Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Hometown/High school: Chesapeake, Virginia/Grassfield

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Will Claye

Events: Triple Jump

How Qualified: Finished first at the US Olympic Trials with a mark of 56-5 ¾.

Tokyo schedule: Triple Jump – Qualifying Round Aug. 3 , Final Aug. 5.

UF career: The Oklahoma transfer attended UF 2010-11. Won six major triple jump titles, including the NCAA title during his collegiate career.

Hometown/High school: Phoenix, Arizona/ Mountain Pointe

Cory McGee

Events: 1,500m

How Qualified: Finished second at the US Olympic Trials with a time 4:00.67

Tokyo schedule: 1,500m – Round 1 Aug. 2, Semifinals Aug. 4, Finals Aug. 6.

UF career: The 10-time All-American holds the Florida record in the women’s 1,500 meters. Also the 2013 runner-up for the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy indoors, and NCAA runner-up outdoors in the 1,500 meters.

Hometown/High school: Pass Christian, Mississippi/Pass Christian

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Marquis Dendy

Events: Long jump

How Qualified: Finished second in the long jump after leaping a season-best 27 feet, 6 inches in his second attempt at the US Olympic Trials.

Tokyo schedule: Long Jump - Qualifying Round July 31, Finals Aug. 2.

UF career: Four-time NCAA Division I Outdoor national champion (2 long jump, 2 triple jump) and three-time NCAA Indoor Division I national champion (2 long jump, 1 triple jump).

Hometown/High school: Middletown, Delaware/Middletown

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Taylor Manson

Events: 4x400 relay pool

How Qualified: Finished seventh in the 400 meters, but was named to the relay pool.

Tokyo schedule: 4x400 relay – Round 1 Aug. 5, Finals Aug. 7.

UF career: Named 2021 Indoor first-team All-American in the 4x400 and second team All-American in the 400m.

Hometown/High school: East Lansing, Michigan/ East Lansing

Yanis David

Events: Long jump, triple jump

How Qualified: Will represent France. 

Tokyo schedule: Long jump - Qualifying Round Aug. 1, Finals Aug. 3. Triple jump - Qualifying Round July 30 , Finals Aug. 1.

UF career: The 2019 Bowerman Finalist swept the SEC horizontal jumps in 2019, winning the indoor long jump and triple jump, along with the outdoor long jump and triple jump.

Hometown/High school: Lamentin, Guadeloupe/Cite Scolaire d'Excellence Sportive

Genevieve LaCaze Gregson

Events: 3,000m steeplechase

How qualified: Will represent Australia. Won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Australia Track & Field Championships in April.

Tokyo schedule: 3,000m steeplechase - Aug. 1 Opening Round, Aug. 4 Final

UF career: Attending from 2009-2012, Gregson became the first woman in SEC history to sweep the 1,500 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters at the conference meet. Named co-SEC Runner of the Year during the outdoor season.

Hometown: Queensland, Australia

Joseph Fahnbulleh

Events: 200m

How qualified: Will represent Liberia

Tokyo schedule: 200m - Round 1 and Semifinals Aug. 3, Finals Aug. 4.

UF career: 2021 second-team All-SEC (200m silver medalist)

Hometown/High school: Hopkins, Minnesota/ Hopkins

Eddie Lovett

Events: 110m hurdles

How qualified: Will represent US Virgin Islands

Tokyo schedule: 110 hurdles – First Round Aug. 3, Semifinals Aug. 4, Finals Aug. 5.

UF career: Won the 2013 60m hurdles title at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 7.50 seconds — a school record and fourth fastest time in NCAA history. NCAA runner-up in outdoors 110m hurdles. 

Hometown/High school: West Palm Beach/Palm Beach Lakes

Hakim Sani Brown

Events: 200m

How qualified: Will represent Japan after another athlete was selected to the 4x100 relay.

Tokyo schedule: 200m - Round 1 and Semifinals Aug. 3, Finals Aug. 4.

UF career: In 2019 ran the second leg of Florida's 4x100 relay team, which won the NCAA title and set a collegiate record (37.97) at outdoor nationals. A two-time NCAA bronze medalist in the 100 (9.97) and 200 (20.08).

Hometown/High school: Tokyo, Japan/Josai Prep

Lloydricia Cameron

Events: Shot put

How qualified: Will represent Jamaica. Finished second at the recent JAAA Ministry of Sports/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships

Tokyo schedule: Shot put - Qualifying Round July 30, Finals Aug. 1.

UF career: Won the 2017 (indoor) and 2018 (outdoor) SEC titles in the shot put.

Hometown/High school: Miami/Northwestern

Doneisha Anderson

Events: 4x100m relay

How qualified: Will represent The Bahamas

Tokyo schedule: 4x100m relay - Round 1 Aug. 5, Finals Aug. 6.

UF career: 2021 first-team All-American (indoor) in the 4x400. Ran anchor for UF's 4x400 that finished sixth in the nation. Also earned All-American honors in 2019 and 2020.

Hometown/High school: Nassau, Bahamas/St. Augustine's College

Marija Vucenovic

Events: Javelin

How qualified: Will represent Serbia

Tokyo schedule: Javelin - Qualifications Aug. 3, Final Aug. 6.

UF career: The All-American javelin thrower finished runner up twice (2013, 2017) in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships. Only woman since 2005 to finish second or higher at four SEC Outdoor Championships. 

Hometown/High school: Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia/Medical School Draginja Niksic

Andres Arroyo

Events: 800m

How qualified: Will represent Puerto Rico

Tokyo schedule: 800m - Heats July 31, Semifinals Aug. 1, Finals Aug. 4

UF career: Won the 2017 SEC indoor title in the 800m, and was a four-time indoor All-American and three-time outdoor All-American in the 800m. 

Hometown/High school: Orlando/Colonial


Michelle Moultrie

Position: Outfielder

How qualified: Team selection

Tokyo schedule: Opening round starts July 21. Gold-medal game is July 27

UF career: SEC Player of Year as a senior in 2012. Three-time member of the All-SEC team. Holds Florida single-season records in on base percentage (.519), batting average (.443), triples (5) and stolen bases (31).

Hometown/High school: Jacksonville/Mandarin

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Aubree Munro

Position: Catcher

How qualified: Team selection

Tokyo schedule: Opening round starts July 21. Gold-medal game is July 27

UF career: Was named to the 2016 All-SEC second team and the All-Defensive team. Committed just one error in her final two seasons (874 chances) and made only four miscues in 1,423 chances during her career.

Hometown/High school: Brea, California/Brea Olinda

Kelsey Stewart

Position: Infielder

How qualified: Team selection

Tokyo schedule: Opening round starts July 21. Gold-medal game is July 27

UF career: Named the 2015 SEC Player of the Year and an NFCA first team All-American. Led UF in seven career lists: batting average (.391), at-bats (914), runs scored (259), hits (357), triples (29), total bases (509) and stolen bases (113).

Hometown/High school: Wichita, Kansas/Maize


Marife Torres

How qualified: The top-rated female player from Puerto Rico.

Tokyo schedule: 72 holes of individual stroke play run Aug. 4-7 at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, Japan.

UF career: Named the 2016 SEC Golfer of the Year. Was named first-team SEC twice, and made the SEC All-Freshman team in 2014. Won five individual titles during her career, including the 2016 SEC Championships.

Hometown/High school: Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico/Cupeyville School


Deanne Rose

Position: Forward

How qualified: Selected to Team Canada

Tokyo schedule: Women’s soccer beings play July 21 with the gold-medal match set for Aug. 6

UF career: Named to the 2017 All-SEC first team and the SEC Freshman of the Year. Scored 19 goals during her career at Florida.

Hometown/High school: Alliston, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas


Mark Kolozsvary

Position: Catcher

How qualified: Team selection

Tokyo schedule: USA opens July 30 against Israel; Aug. 7 gold-medal game

UF career: Hit .276 as a junior with three home runs and 26 RBIs. Was a member of the 2017 National Championship team.

Hometown/High school: Tavares/Tavares