MARQUETTE—The United States Olympic Education Center announced its programs’ standout athletes for the winter 2007 semester.
USA Boxing staff selected Greg Carter of Waterbury, Conn., for the honor. The Northern Michigan University junior took the Upper Michigan-Wisconsin Golden Gloves tournament by storm in Racine, Wis. He competed multiple weekends to climb his way to the top of the open division’s 152-pound class. Carter walked away with outstanding boxer honors for his efforts and qualified to compete at the Golden Gloves National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he fought his way to the quarterfinals.
Short track speedskater Katherine Reutter of Champaign, Ill., was U.S. Speedskating’s honoree. Reutter, who is an NMU freshman, competed overseas in four international events. She finished 11th in the 1000 meters, eighth in the 1500m, and fifth in the relay at the Junior World Championships in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania. In Torino, Italy, she skated at the World University Games, finishing fifth in the 1000m, 13th in the 1500m and fifth in the relay. Reutter raced in the World Championships in Milan, Italy, taking seventh in the relay. She ended her international tour in Budapest, Hungary, taking fourth in the relay at the World Team Championships.
Collin Ito of Vista, Calif., was selected by USA Weightlifting as the athlete of the semester. The NMU junior earned one gold medal and two silvers in the 105-plus-kilogram class at the Junior National Championships in Merrillville, Ind. He finished the competition in second place. Ito also competed at the National Collegiate Championships in Reno, Nev. Ito earned an individual bronze medal, helping the USOEC Team finish first overall.
USA Wrestling recognized Alyssa Lampe of Tomahawk, Wis., as the women’s freestyle athlete of the semester. Lampe, an NMU freshman, won gold in the 48-kg senior division at the Missouri Valley Showcase in Marshall, Mo. She finished fifth at the Senior National Championships in Las Vegas. Lampe went on to claim gold at the Body Bar FILA Junior National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Lampe will represent the United States at the Junior World Championships this summer in Beijing, China.