Today, a representative from Rome will get his chance to add his name to the list.
Former Rome High swimmer Alex Coville, who is now a member of the swim team at Stanford University, will compete in the Olympic trials, beginning today, in Omaha, Neb.
He’ll be looking to become the second Rome resident to qualify for the London Games.
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, a distance runner who lives in Rome, earned a berth in the Olympics this weekend in the 10,000-meter run during a qualifying event in Eugene, Oregon.
As for Colwill, the former Georgia diver, he earned his ticket to the London Games on Sunday afternoon by winning the men’s 3-meter springboard event at the United States Olympic Trials in Federay Way, Wash.
Colwill, who also was an Olympian in 2008, entered the finals in third place with 951.15 points, trailing Kristian Ipsen’s 993.80 and Troy Dumais’ 954.20.
But Colwill was the best of the trio on Sunday, scoring at least 74 points on all six of his dives. He pulled into first place in the fifth round and then punctuated his win with a final dive totaling 99.75 points.
Colwill finished with 1,457.45 points, scoring 506.3 points and averaging better than 84 points in the finals.
Dumais came in second with 1,448.35 points to grab the other United States spot. Ipsen, who will team with Dumais in 3-meter synchro in London, placed third with 1,447.10 points.
“I was a little behind starting the day, so I went with the ‘no fear’ approach,” Colwill said. “I just wanted to do the best I could, and it seemed to work at the right time. This was a very important session for me. I knew I had to do well on all six dives.”
“I could not be prouder of Chris,” Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. “He did such a great job today. I was so impressed with the way he competed. He has worked so hard, and he really deserves to go back to the Olympics.”
Colwill was a three-time NCAA champion and a five-time SEC champion during his career with the Bulldogs (2004-06, 2008).
Colwill is the first American with ties to the Georgia swimming and diving program to earn a spot in the London Games. The swimming trials for the United States will begin Monday in Omaha, Neb.
Also, former Georgia thrower Reese Hoffa launched a world-leading mark in the shot put to win the U.S. Olympic Trials and clinch a spot to his third straight Olympics at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on Sunday.
Hoffa, a five-time All-American for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001, let go of a 72 feet, 2 ¼ inch effort on his third attempt to top second-place finisher Ryan Whiting (71-0.75) by more than a foot. Christian Cantwell (69-9.75) took third and will join Hoffa and Whiting as the U.S. contingent in the shot put during the Games in London.
Hoffa, an Augusta native, won the 2008 Trials before finishing seventh at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He is the second former Bulldog to clinch a spot in the Olympics in the last week. Competing for the Bulldogs during the 2000 season, Kibwe Johnson won the hammer throw at the Trials in Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday. He already had an “A” standard mark and will now be competing at his first Olympics.
Georgia also had freshman Morgann Leleux and former Lady Bulldog Kat Majester compete in the women’s pole vault on Sunday. Majester cleared her first two heights on opening attempts, including a career-best height of 14-5.25 to take fifth.
Leleux, who was the runner-up at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and the 2012 Southeastern Conference outdoor champion, tied for 13th after reaching a height of 13-11.25.