GoFrogs: Frogs Ready For 2016 Olympics

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GoFrogs: Frogs Ready For 2016 Olympics

FORT WORTH — Four former TCU greats will showcase their talents at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Kim Collins of track and field will represent St. Kitts and Nevis in the 100-meter dash. Edgar Crespo of swimming will represent his country of Panama in the 100-meter breaststroke. Sarah Scherer of rifle will represent the Unites States in air rifle, and Lorraine Ugen of track and field will compete for Great Britain in the long jump.

Collins heads into the 2016 Summer Olympics with the ninth-fastest 100-meter dash time this year. Before the outdoor season, he logged an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter dash at this year’s IAAF World Indoor Championships with a time of 6.56. Collins earned his spot to the finals after clocking in at 6.49 seconds in the semis. He also set a personal best in the 100-meter dash this year with a wind-legal time of 9.93, becoming the first 40-year-old to ever log a sub-10 second time. At 40, the former Frog will be the oldest sprinter at the Summer Games.

Collins made his Olympic debut back in 1996 and was his country’s flag bearer in 2012. The preliminary rounds of the 100 meters are set to begin at 7:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Crespo was also an Olympian in 2008 and 2012. In Beijing, he won his heat with a then personal-best time of 1:03.72 but did not qualify for the semifinals. In 2012, he finished 35th in the 100 breaststroke.

Crespo is scheduled to compete in the second heat of the 100 breast at 1:07pm on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Scherer will make her second Olympic appearance at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The former TCU great will represent the United States in rifle. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, Scherer placed seventh in the 10m air rifle with a score of 499. Scherer heads into Rio after an impressive last few years. In 2013, she earned the title of the USA Shooting National Champion in women’s air rifle, along with a bronze medal in the three position. In 2014, she was a bronze medalist at the World Cup USA. At the World Cup in Bangkok this year, she took home seventh in the three position and eighth in air rifle.

The women’s 10m air rifle qualification round is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the 50m rifle (3 positions) set for 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Ugen spent her time preparing for the Summer Games training on TCU’s campus with jumps coach Shawn Jackson. The former Frog set a Great Britain national indoor long jump record in March as she took home bronze at the IAAF World Indoor Championships with a mark of 22 feet 9 inches (6.93 meters). In 2012, she placed second at the British Olympic trials, but missed the Olympic standard mark by one centimeter. Ugen looks to be a medal contender in Rio as she heads into the competition ranked seventh in the world in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 22 feet 4 inches (6.82 meters).

Ugen was a two-time NCAA Champion and a seven-time All-American for TCU. The women’s long jump qualifying rounds are set to begin at 7:05 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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