There are more than 1,000 NCAA current and former athletes participating in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Of those, let's take a look at the 44 DII athletes — that we know of right now — in Tokyo.
Nine of the 2020 Olympians will compete for the United States, including Quanera Hayes (Track & Field) from Livingstone, Sarah Hildebrandt (Wrestling) of King, Carlin Isles (Rugby) and Katie Nageotte (Track & Field) from Ashland, and Joe Ryan (Baseball) from Stanislaus State. Canada is the next most represented country, with four former student-athletes.
Tal Erel from Lynn and Assaf Lowengart from Mansfield — two current DII student-athletes — will team up for Israel in baseball. Erel played sparingly this past season, but Lownegart had a solid season, hitting .290 with a 1.039 OPS and 11 home runs. Joe Ryan will play opposite them on the Team USA baseball squad. He last pitched for the Warriors in 2018, going 8-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 98.1 innings.
Track & Field is the most represented sport by a large margin with 14 on the list gearing up for one of the events. Baseball has four, while basketball has four. New Haven's Mihailo Vasic will play on Serbia's 3x3 team and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (Simon Fraser), Nicholas Kay (MSU Denver) and Dayshalee Salaman (Lincoln Memorial) are playing for Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico, respectively.
The Northeast-10 has additional representation in Tokyo. Emily Record, named the first women's rugby coach in New Haven program history in May, will be one of the coaches for the Women's Rugby Sevens program in the Olympics.
Current DII student-athletes in the 2020 Olympics
|Steven Aimable||Nova Southeastern||Swimming & Diving||Senegal|
|Benjamin Azamati||West Texas A&M||Track & Field||Ghana|
|Nour Ettaieb||Florida Tech||Rowing||Tunisia|
|Shaun Gill||Texas A&M-Kingsville||Track & Field||Belize|
|Celina Marquez||Nova Southeastern||Swimming||El Salvador|
|Karol Ostrowski||Drury||Swimming & Diving||Poland|
|Daniela Passoni||Cal State East Bay||Water Polo||South Africa|
Former DII student-athletes participating in the 2020 Olympics
|Bolade Ajomale||Academy of Art||Track & Field||Canada|
|Perry Baker||Fairmont State||Rugby||United States|
|Tia-Adana Belle||Saint Augustine's||Track & Field||Barbados|
|Lindsey Butterworth||Simon Fraser||Track & Field||Canada|
|Aoife Cooke||Arkansas Tech||Cross Country (Marathon)||Ireland|
|Lara Dallman-Weiss||Eckerd||Sailing||United States|
|Brandon Dickson||Tusculum||Baseball||United States|
|Felix Duchampt||Queens (NC)||Triathlon||Romania|
|Ziad Elsissy||Wayne State (MI)||Fencing||Egypt|
|Amanda Fama||Concordia (CA)||Softball||Italy|
|Eilish Flanagan||Adams State||Cross Country, Track & Field||Ireland|
|Quanera Hayes||Livingstone||Track & Field||United States|
|Arnoldo Herrera||Northern Michigan||Swimming & Diving||Costa Rica|
|Sarah Hildebrandt||King||Wrestling||United States|
|Carlin Isles||Ashland||Rugby||United States|
|Rellie Kaputin||West Texas A&M||Track & Field||Papua New Guinea|
|Nicholas Kay||MSU Denver||Men's Basketball||Australia|
|Anabel Knoll||Queens (NC)||Triathlon||Germany|
|Marius Kusch||Queens (NC)||Swimming & Diving||Germany|
|Sagan Maddalena||Alaska Fairbanks||Rifle||United States|
|Emmanuel Matadi||Minnesota State||Track & Field||Liberia|
|Katie Nageotte||Ashland||Track & Field||United States|
|Hanneke Oosterwegel||Northern State||Track & Field||Netherlands|
|Daisy Osakue||Angelo State||Track & Field||Italy|
|Juan Joel Pacheco Orozco||East Central||Track & Field (Marathon)||Mexico|
|Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe||Simon Fraser||Women's Basketball||Canada|
|Cheyenne Rova||Minnesota State||Swimming & Diving||Fiji|
|Shawn Rowe||Saint Augustine's||Track & Field||Jamaica|
|Joe Ryan||Stanislaus State||Baseball||United States|
|Dayshalee Salaman||Lincoln Memorial||Women's Basketball||Puerto Rico|
|Alex Sobers||Emmanuel College||Swimming & Diving||Barbados|
|Mihailo Vasic||New Haven||Basketball (3x3)||Serbia|
|Natalie Wideman||California (PA)||Softball||Canada|
|Kevon Williams||New Mexico Highlands||Rugby||United States|
See anyone we missed? Please don't be afraid to let us know.