Huskies in the Olympics!

Kelsey Plum with gold medal, Matisse Thybulle dunks basketball, Danielle Lawrie with bronze medal

Student-athletes and coaches represent Washington on a global stage in Tokyo

Jessica Thoennes walked into Conibear Shellhouse her freshman year, picked up an oar for the first time in her life, tried out, made the team, and …

“I hated it,” Jessica laughs. “Then, in my sophomore year, something changed. I fell in love with the camaraderie, the emotion, the sport, the pursuit of unachievable perfection that’s always available. I knew that this was going to be something that I could carry with me forever,” says Jessica.

She carried it all the way to global stage of the Olympics, where she competed in the Women’s Eight with fellow UW alumni Brooke Mooney (’18) and coxswain Katelin Guregian (’09).

The 2018 Washington graduate is one of 35 current and former Washington student-athletes and coaches who competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Huskies earned a total of eight medals.

Thrilled to represent her country, Jessica said it was also special to represent Washington.

“Being a Husky is being part of a legacy,” she says. “There is something deep inside of us that resonates with every oarsman and woman who came before us and all who come after us. There’s a greater purpose to what we do, a greater sense of what it means not just to be a Husky rower but to be human. As soon as you look into the eyes of your teammates or an alum, something inside you resonates and you realize they know what it is. It’s this unspoken energy that runs through every fiber of our being.”


Kelsey Plum — Gold Medal
USA | 3×3 Basketball

Matisse ThybulleBronze Medal
Australia | Men’s Basketball


C.T. PanBronze Medal
China Taipei | Men’s Individual Stroke Play

Carl Yuan
China | Men’s Individual Stroke Play


Will Crothers
Canada | Men’s Four

Ben Davison
USA | Men’s Eight

Jacob DawsonBronze Medal
Great Britain | Men’s Eight

Yasmin Farooq
USA | Women’s Support Coach

Fiona Gammond
Great Britain | Women’s Eight

Kirstyn Goodger
New Zealand | Women’s Eight

Katelin (Snyder) Guregian
USA | Coxswain Women’s Eight

Valentina Iseppi
Italy | Women’s Quadruple Sculls

Megan Kalmoe
USA | Women’s Pair

Michiel Mantel
The Netherlands | Men’s Rowing

Conlin McCabe
Canada | Men’s Pair

Brooke Mooney
USA | Women’s Eight

Chiara Ondoli
Italy | Women’s Double Sculls

Bram Schwartz
The Netherlands | Men’s Eight

Stuart Sim
Australia | Coxswain Men’s Eight

Phoebe Spoors
New Zealand | Women’s Eight

Jessica Thoennes
USA | Women’s Eight

Simon van Dorp
The Netherlands | Men’s Eight


Ali AguilarSilver Medal
USA | Softball

Victoria HaywardBronze Medal
Canada | Softball

Danielle LawrieBronze Medal
Canada | Softball

Gabbie Plain
Australia | Softball

Jenn SallingBronze Medal
Canada | Softball

Heather Tarr
USA | Assistant Coach

Track Cycling

Adrian Hegyvary
USA | Madison

Track & Field

Izzi Batt-Doyle
Australia | 5,000m

Amy-Eloise (Neale) Markovc
Great Britain | 5,000m

Sam Tanner
New Zealand | 1,500m

Gianna Woodruff
Panama | 400m Hurdles


Tamari Miyashiro
USA | Assistant Coach Indoor


Harrison Maurus
USA | 81kg


Danielle Hansen
USA | PR3 Mixed Coxed Four