The University Record, October 23, 2000

Photo stories: U-M-affiliated Olympians feted

U-M current and former student athletes and swimming coach Jon Urbanchek, who participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, gathered on Regents Plaza after being honored by the Regents for their accomplishments. Twenty individuals with ties to the U-M returned with nine medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze)—the most for U-M-affiliated athletes in boycott-free games since the 1904 games in St. Louis. ‘It was great for all of us to participate in the greatest sporting event in the world, but it’s also great to come home to our U-M family,’ said swimmer Tom Dolan, gold-medalist in the 400m individual medley, speaking for the Olympians.

Pictured in the back row, from left, are Jon Urbanchek; Mike McWha, for Canada in swimming; Kevin Sullivan, for Canada, fifth in the 1500m run; Rich Fetchiet, baseball umpire; Bernice Orwig, silver, women’s water polo; and Jennifer Brundage, gold, women’s softball. Front row: Chris Thompson, bronze, 1500m freestyle; Marcel Wouda, competing for the Netherlands, bronze, 800m freestyle relay; Owen von Richter, swimming for Canada; Tom Malchow, gold, 200m butterfly; Dolan; and Samantha Arsenault, gold, 800m freestyle relay. Not present at the Regents’ meeting were: Gustavo Borges, for Brazil, bronze, 400m freestyle relay; Derya Buyukuncu, for Turkey in swimming; Han Lee, Tae Kwan Do coach; Abel Sanchez, for Peru in diving; Shannon Shakespeare, for Canada in swimming; and Rudy Tomjanovich, head men’s basketball coach. Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services