Crimson Tide Rolls All the Way to the Summer Olympics

  • July 13th, 2021

Once again, The University of Alabama will be well represented at the Olympic Games with four current student-athletes and 17 alumni athletes representing a total of 13 countries competing in Tokyo this summer.

Learn more about UA’s Olympians and check later to see their results posted here. More coverage on UA athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics to come.

Clockwise from upper left: Student-athletes Shallon Olsen, Kalia Antoniou, Diana Petkova and Rhyan White will be competing in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Student-Athletes in the Olympics

The University of Alabama is proud to cheer on its four student-athlete Olympians at this year’s Games.

A woman in a while swim cap holds herself up alongside the pool wall, smiling.

Kalia Antoniou

A junior at UA, Antoniou qualified for the Cyprus Olympic Swim Team Trials earlier this summer. Her events have yet to be announced, but she’s ready to take to the pool. Antoniou has had a steadfast passion for swimming and has competed in various national and international competitions. Antoniou was a member of Alabama’s NCAA relay championship squad, the 400 freestyle relay, which took gold at the 2021 national championship. She was the 2021 All-American in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as part of the 200 medley relay and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. She is also a proud 2021 SEC Champion in the 50 freestyle and as part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.


July 28: 100m Freestlye Final, 55.38 (29th)
July 31: 50m Freestyle Final, 25.41 (27th)

Sitting on a blue mat, a woman's legs are tucked under her body, with her left arm extended into a pose and her right hand propped up on the mat. The woman is in a crimson and white leotard.

Shallon Olsen

A rising senior for UA gymnastics, Olsen will be making her second trip to the Games, having first appeared in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Olsen will be competing for Canada on the vault, with possible other events to be determined. During the Rio Games, Olsen finished eighth on the vault and has been a member of the Canadian national team since 2010. At UA, she’s on the 2021 First-Team Championship All-American on vault.


July 26: Qualifying Round Posted Score, 14.699
Aug. 2: Final, 14.550 (7th)

Swimming breaststroke, a woman is above air about to kick the water.

Diana Petkova

Rising sophomore swimmer Petkova will be competing in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley. Petkova will swim all four styles in the medley, including backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. Petkova made her mark during the 2021 season as a member of UA’s 2021 NCAA Championships squad 2021, as well as Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman. She is also the 2021 SEC Championships bronze medalist in the 100 breaststroke.


July 26: 200m Individual Medley, 2:13.70

Rhyan White

White, a rising senior for UA swimming, will be competing in two events for Team USA. White became the first female swimmer in Crimson Tide history to win an event at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Team Trials, clocking in at 2:05.73 for the 200m backstroke. She will also represent Team USA in the 100m backstroke. A native of Herriman, Utah, White grew up swimming with her family but never realized how far she could go in the field. Scouted by several colleges, White found her place at UA and continues to punch in record times for University, SEC and NCAA events. In 2021, White was named an All-American for her 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay, SEC Swimmer of the Year, SEC Swimmer of the Meet at the SEC Championships and the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy winner as the highest individual point scorer.


July 27: 100m Backstroke Final, 58.43 (4th)
July 29: 200m Backstroke Heat, 2:08.23 (1st)
July 29: 200m Backstroke Semifinals, 2:07.28 (3rd)
July 30: Rhyan White led the 400m medley relay with a 59.19 backstroke. Team USA is ranked No. 2 after this morning’s heat.
Aug 1: 200m Backstroke Final, 2:06.39 (4th)
Aug. 1: 4×100 Medley Relay Final, SILVER

UA Alumni in the Olympics

Also competing in Tokyo are 17 former UA athletes, with six alumni competing for Team USA.

Remona Burchell Jamaica Track & Field Women’s 4×100 relay GOLD
Quanesha Burks U.S.A. Track & Field Women’s long jump Final: 6.56m (13th)
Kristian Gkolomeev Greece Swimming Men’s 50m freestyle; 4×100 free relay 50m Freestyle Heat: 21.66 (3rd), advancing to the semifinals
50m Freestyle Semifinal: 21.60
Daniel Haugh U.S.A. Track & Field Men’s hammer throw Final: 76.22m (11th)
Kirani James Grenada Track & Field Men’s 400m BRONZE
Leonie Kullmann Germany Swimming Women’s 400m freestyle; 800m freestyle relay Final: 800m Freestyle Relay: 7:52.06 (6th)
Haylie McCleney U.S.A. Softball Softball SILVER
Natassha McDonald Canada Track & Field Women’s 400m; 4×400 relay Qualifying: 53.54 (36th)
Shelby McEwen U.S.A. Track & Field Men’s high jump Advanced to the finals of the men’s high jump after clearing 2.28 meters;
Qualifying: 2.27m (12th)
Final: 2.27m (12th)
Anton McKee Iceland Swimming Men’s 200m breaststroke Final: 2:11.64 (24th)
Stephanie Meadow Ireland Golf Women’s golf 12-under-par 272 (72-66-68-66) (7th)
Abbas Qali Kuwait Swimming Men’s 100m butterfly Qualifying Heat: 53.62 (48th)
Jereem Richards Trinidad Track & Field Men’s 200m 200m: 20.39sec (8th)
4x400m Relay: 3:00.82 (8th)
David Robertson U.S.A. Baseball Baseball SILVER
Justin Thomas U.S.A. Golf Men’s golf 10-under par 274 (71-70-68-65) (22nd)
Merel van Dongen Netherlands Soccer Women’s soccer Team Netherlands, 10, Zambia 3;
Netherlands 3, Brazil 3 TIE; Netherlands 8, China 2; Netherlands 2 (2 PKs), USA 2 (4 PKs)
Portious Warren Trinidad Track & Field Women’s shot put 18.75m shot put throw, advancing to the finals



Caroline Gazzara-McKenzie, Strategic Communications, or 205-348-0825

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