AUSTIN, Texas -- Former Longhorn Sarah Wanezek (Brookfield, Wis.), sophomore Hayley McGregory (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Dan Rohleder (Austin, Texas) will join 36 of the nation's top collegiate swimmers in representing the United States at the 2005 World University Games which will be held Aug. 12-17 in Izmir, Turkey. In addition, Texas women's co-head coach Jill Sterkel will serve as head coach of the Women's World University Games Team.
Squad selections were based on results from the World Championship Trials that were held in April in Indianapolis, Ind. The 39 swimmers are among more than 150 U.S. athletes and 8,000 overall athletes who will compete in the biannual games.
With 16 All-America honors and three Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Meet accolades, Wanezek will compete in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events and the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Notably, Wanezek led the Longhorns to a 2005 Big 12 Conference Championship in the 400-yard freestyle relay and anchored the team to an eighth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Slated to compete in the 50- and 100-meter backstroke in Izmir, McGregory concluded her inaugural campaign at Texas with four All-America honors and will return to Austin in the fall as the defending Big 12 Conference Champion in the 100-yard backstroke.
Rohleder, a member of the Longhorns' 2005 Big 12 Conference Champion 400-yard medley relay team, will swim the 50-meter backstroke and the 50- and 100-meter butterfly.
Sterkel returns as head coach of the women's team after serving in the same role at the 2003 World University Games. The Former Longhorns All-America swimmer and four-time U.S. Olympic competitor, Sterkel will enter her 14th season as a head coach of the Texas women's swimming program this year. During her tenure on the Forty Acres, Sterkel had led the Horns to 12 top-10 NCAA Championship finishes and 11 conference titles.