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Five to Represent the Lady Razorbacks in Athens
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS

        FAYETTEVILLE - It has been a banner year for the University of Arkansas Women's Athletics Department when it comes to Olympic competition as five current and former Lady Razorbacks are slated to compete in Athens, Greece, next month at the 28th Summer Olympiad.
        Headlined by a quartet of track and field athletes, three from the United States, Arkansas' women's athletics programs have never sent more than a pair of current or former competitors to any Olympic Games. Representing the United States are track and field standouts Deena (Drossin) Kastor, Nicole Teter and LaShaunte'a Moore. Arkansas' quintet of performers is completed with Jamaican track and field sensation Veronica Campbell and Hungary native Zsuzsa Csobanki.
        Each Lady Razorback took their own road to the summer games, but all of them earned their spots by placing well at their respective national championship competitions. Kastor is the only Lady Razorback in the group competing in her second Olympic Games after qualifying for the Sydney Olympics four years ago. She earned a spot in both the marathon and 10,000 meters during the course of the past year, but elected to compete only in the longer 26-mile race which follows the same path taken by Philippedes in his run from Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. and is considered one of the highlight events of the 2004 games.
        For Teter, the Olympics have been a long time coming. Having won several U.S. titles in the 800 meters, she has been a member of several world championship teams, but never an Olympic squad. Teter finished second in the half-mile race at the U.S. Championships with a time of 2:00.25 to qualify for the games and should be considered a strong candidate for the semi-finals and finals.
        Moore added her name to the Olympic list thanks to a fabulous spring season. Upon winning Arkansas' first-ever outdoor 200-meter title at the NCAA Championships in June, Moore continued her fabulous running at the U.S. Championships, making the final of the 200 meters. Her efforts both during the collegiate season and at trials placed her as one of the potential athletes in the United States' 4x100-meter relay pool.
        Moving off the U.S. coast, Campbell was a force throughout the year for the Lady Razorbacks during indoor and outdoor track. The fastest woman in the world during the indoor season in the 200 meters, Campbell qualified for the championships after winning the Jamaican national title in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Her 200-meter time from the Jamaican nationals of 22.18 ranks as the fastest in the world outdoors this year. Campbell could compete for her homeland in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.
        Rounding out the Lady Razorback experience is the only returning member of the five-person squad, Csobanki in the swimming pool. Qualifying for the games in the 50-meter freestyle for her native Hungary, Csobanki is an all-American for the Lady Razorbacks as a member of their 2003 400-freestyle relay and owns Arkansas' 100-yard butterfly school record.
        Competition at the Olympics begins on Wednesday, August 11, with opening ceremonies taking place on Friday, August 13. Lady Razorbacks begin competition on Saturday, August 14, with swimming, while track opens on Wednesday, August 18.

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