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Meet the 27 Sun Devils are headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio.
August 4, 2016

Four current Arizona State students are among 27 Sun Devils headed to Olympics

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2016, click here.

As the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night, Arizona State University will be well represented.

There are 27 Sun Devils going to Rio, representing 15 countries in nine sports. That’s the most since 1996, when there were 30 athletes and coaches with ASU ties.

Four of the Rio-bound Sun Devils are current students:

  • Richard Bohus, a swimmer, will be a senior in digital culture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
  • Izabella Chiappini, a water polo player, will be a senior in design at the Herberger Institute.
  • Anna Olasz, a swimmer, will be a senior in business communications the W. P. Carey School of Business.
  • Katarina Simonovic, a swimmer, will be a senior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Olasz, representing Hungary, didn’t find out she was going to the Olympics until July 25, when a Russian swimmer was disqualified from competing and Olasz was awarded the spot just three weeks before the open-swim event.


Two of the Rio-bound Sun Devils are current coaches. Bob Bowman, the ASU head swimming coach, is the U.S. men’s swimming coach and also the personal coach of Michael Phelps, who is competing in his fifth Olympics after training at ASU the past year. Cliff English is the coach of the new women’s triathlon team, which he will leave for a few days to be the personal coach for two Olympic triathletes in Rio.

Also, Keenan Robinson will be the head trainer for the U.S. swim team. At ASU, he is the head of high-performance services for aquatic sports.

There are 20 former ASU student-athletes competing, including five women’s golfers.

Here’s the rundown:

Name Country represented Sport (*athlete was at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London) About the athlete
Vivianne Bahia Brazil Women’s water polo ASU water polo, 2014-2015
Chris Benard USA Track and field triple jump ASU track and field, 2010- 2012
Mickey Benedetti Italy Diving 3-meter springboard * ASU diving, 2006-2009
Constantin Blaha Austria Diving 3-meter springboard ASU diving, 2009-2012, and 2012 ASU graduate
Richard Bohus Hungary Swimming 100m free * Current student, will be a senior in digital culture with a concentration in art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; ASU swimming past 3 seasons
Bob Bowman USA Men’s swimming head coach Current ASU head swimming coach
Izabella Chiappini Brazil Women’s water polo Current student, will be a senior in design at the Herberger Institute, ASU water polo, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
Carolota Ciganda Spain Women’s golf ASU Women’s golf, 2009, 2010
Amy Cragg Hastings USA Women’s marathon ASU cross country, 2002-2005
Ike Diogu Nigeria Men’s basketball * ASU men’s basketball, 2003, 2004
Marcus Duncan Trinidad and Tobago Track and field 4x100 relay ASU track and field, 2008
Cliff English Costa Rica/Australia Individual coach for 2 triathletes Current head coach for ASU women’s triathlon
Ariana Hilborn Latvia Women’s marathon 2003 ASU graduate
Shelby Houlihan USA Track and field 5000m ASU track and field, 2012-2015, and 2015 ASU graduate
Desiree Davila Linden USA Women’s marathon * ASU cross country and track and field, 2001-2004, and 2006 ASU graduate
Giulia Molinaro Italy Women’s golf ASU women’s golf, 2007-2012, and 2012 ASU graduate
Azahara Munoz Spain Women’s golf ASU women’s golf 2005-2009, and 2009 ASU graduate
Miriam Nagl Brazil Women’s golf ASU women’s golf, 2000
Christabel Nettey Canada Track and field long jump ASU long jump, 2010-2013
Gal Nevo Israel Men’s swimming 200m IM * ASU men’s swimming, 2005-2007
Anna Nordqvist Sweden Women’s golf ASU women’s golf, 2006-2008
Anna Olasz Hungary Open-water swimming Current student, will be a senior in the W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU swimming the past 3 seasons
Keenan Robinson USA Head trainer for swimming
Donald Sanford Israel Track and field 400m * ASU track and field, 2010
Katarina Simonovic Serbia Women’s swimming 200m freestyle Current student, will be a senior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU swimming the past 3 seasons
Jay Shi USA Men’s shooting 50m pistol 2004 ASU graduate
Rowie Webster Australia Women’s water polo * ASU water polo, 2006

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Check out these tips and events for #ASU move-in and #ASUFallWelcome.
August 10, 2016

Here's what new students need to know about move-in, ASU Welcome

Every year, new students arrive at Arizona State University's campuses excited to start a new chapter in life. Some will even blaze new paths in innovation and research, but it all starts at move-in.

This fall, nearly 14,000 students will move into ASU’s 21 residence halls across ASU’s four campus locations Aug. 12-14.

“This is an exciting time for incoming freshmen,” said Kellie Cloud, executive director of University Housing. “Living on campus is a huge first step into adulthood, and we take great care in ensuring freshmen successfully acclimate to college life. It is here where students will form lifelong friendships, engage in student activities and find support networks, crucial components for student success throughout college and beyond."

ASU’s residential college model is designed to help students succeed academically by housing students together based on academic major. First-year students form connections and create a network of friends with similar educational interests. Additionally, students benefit from collaborative living spaces that offer on-site tutoring and multi-use rooms that can be used for study groups, workshops and events

During move-in, campuses are alive with music and energy as volunteers greet both parents and students with an ASU welcome. With the help of volunteers, move-in can take as little as 20 minutes, allowing parents and students more time to give hugs and to explore the campus

Want to make move-in faster? Remember these tips:

• arrive at the assigned date and time

• complete the pre-check-in process

• bring a printed boarding pass and ASU ID

• follow specific directions to your assigned residence hall

• stay hydrated!

• wear comfortable shoes and clothing

With all that help, students can relax, get comfortable in their new home and explore the campus before the first day of class Aug. 18. Fall Welcome Week is the perfect time to explore campus, connect to ASU services and resource, and make new friends.


Fall Welcome

ASU kicks off the beginning of the school year with free events for new and returning students. Nearly 200 events give students the opportunity to explore everything ASU has to offer.

Don’t miss out on the must-attend signature events:

Sun Devil Welcome
4:30-5:30 p.m., Aug. 16, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

Experience Sun Devil pride at its finest. This is a high-energy, exciting event to introduce you to what it means to be a Sun Devil. This annual event is the perfect way to officially welcome all of our new Sun Devils to ASU.

Culture Festival
5:30-7 p.m., Aug. 16, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

Celebrate the diversity that students bring into the ASU community. Enjoy performances, activities and food from a variety of cultures found at ASU. Need a ride to the Sun Devil Welcome and Culture Festival? Free shuttles will be provided to transport students living on the West, Polytechnic and Downtown campus locations.

But make sure to catch other fun events at every ASU campus. Activities include:

Sparky’s Day of Service
Dates and times vary by campus location

Sun Devils have an impact on the local community and make a positive change in the world. Join this university-wide initiative to participate, volunteer and make a change.

ASU Parent and Family Events
Dates and times vary by campus location

Hear from university leadership, meet fellow ASU parents, faculty and staff and learn about upcoming campus-specific events. Parents are encouraged to attend family events at the location of their students major. Refreshments will be served.

Involvement Fairs
Dates and times vary by campus location

Passport to ASU, Sparky’s Carnival, WestFest and Club Hub are opportunities to learn about student clubs and organizations at ASU. Check out what students are doing, enjoy free food, fun giveaways and join a club!

Student Employment Job Fairs
Dates and times vary by campus location

Attend a Student Employment job fair and secure a part-time job on or off campus. Pre-registration is not required for students.

Whitewash the “A”
9-11 a.m., Aug. 20, Hayden Butte (“A” Mountain)

One of the oldest traditions at ASU — students have been whitewashing the “A” since the 1930s, a ritual that marks the start of the new year and a fresh start.


Download the ASU Events app and cross all the events off your Sun Devil bucket list. Share your photos, videos and the excitement using #ASUFallWelcome on social media. For more information, visit


Top photo: Cynthia Rivera helps her son, freshman Calvin Rivera, during move-in at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus Aug. 17, 2015. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU News