3 ballplayers make Olympics

January 22, 2004, vol. 29, no. 2
By Marianne Meadahl

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Three women softball players are among the first SFU athletes to secure appearances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in August.

Catcher Erin Cumpstone, outfielder Rachel Schill and shortstop Angela Lichty join five others as part of the Olympic core team.

Cumpstone, currently the graduate assistant coach for the Clan women's team, and Schill both helped the Clan earn its third national championship last season. Lichty was on the team for the championship win in 1999.

“Athlete selections are always difficult decisions to make, however we felt it was important to establish a solid core from which to build our Olympic team,” says head coach Mike Renney, who also coaches the Clan.

“These eight athletes will make up the foundation of our team and can now put the stress of the selection process behind them and focus on one thing - peaking in Athens.”

Another seven Olympic roster positions will be filled out in late April, following competitive tours of the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. Once the team is selected, they will participate in several competitions including the Canada Cup and a pre-Olympic event in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The team begins training at SFU on Jan. 26 and will continue its training program up until the games in August.

Canada qualified for the games last June. Another seven teams will compete, from the U.S., Japan, China, Taipei, Australia, Italy, and the host team from Greece. Canada placed eighth and fifth in two prior Olympic appearances.

Meanwhile, other SFU athletes are gearing up for Olympic trials in such sports as swimming, wrestling, and track and field.

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