MARQUETTE— The United States Olympic Education Center has named its athletes of the semester for winter 2008.
U.S. Speedskating chose Northern Michigan University sophomore Kyle Carr (Atlanta, Ga.). He finished third overall at the North American Championships with a first-place showing in the 1,500 meter race. He also skated to a second place overall finish in the American Cup series, earning bronze at American Cup IV and fifth at American Cup III. Carr is the team captain and is beginning his fifth year at the USOEC.
Weightlifter Collin Ito (Vista, Calif.) was named USA Weightlifting’s athlete of the semester for the second time in his three years at the USOEC. The NMU sophomore set two personal records this semester at the National Collegiate Championships. He finished in third place overall at the competition. Ito also lifted his way to a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Senior National Championships. Rounding out the season, Ito competed at his second Olympic Trials.
USA Wrestling chose Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) as its Greco-Roman athlete and Schuyler Brown (Montpelier, Va.) as its women’s freestyle wrestling athlete of the semester. Mango, an NMU junior, was a champion at the Senior Nationals, where he was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. He also won his first University Nationals Championship this semester. Mango has qualified to compete at the 2008 Olympic Trials as the top-ranked seed at 55 kilograms.
Brown, a Marquette Senior High School senior, took gold at the Nordhagen Junior Classic in Canada, the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association National Championships, and the FILA Junior National Championships. She also qualified to compete at the Junior World Championships this summer in Turkey. This is Brown’s first year at the USOEC.
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