July 20, 2012
HOUSTON – The University of Houston’s track stars Seun Adigun and Errol Nolan, diver Anastasia Pozdniakova, and head diving coach Jane Figueiredo will represent their respective countries at the 2012 Games of the 30th Olympiad.
The University of Houston has a rich history in a variety of sports during the Olympic Games. Cougars have won 39 medals during Olympics competition, including 20 gold.
With the addition of Adigun and Nolan, 67 Cougar coaches and student-athletes will have competed in the Olympic Games. These greats have represented 22 countries from around the world.
This will be the 15th Olympiad in which the University of Houston was represented and the 14th consecutive. At least one Cougar has competed in the Olympics games since the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 2012 Olympics begin Friday, July 27 and conclude Sunday, Aug. 12. They will be broadcasted on the NBC family networks. The women’s 100m hurdles are scheduled to begin on Aug. 6 with the finals to be held on Aug. 7, men’s 4x400m relay will begin on Aug. 9 with the finals to be held on Aug. 10, and the women’s 3m springboard will be broadcasted starting Aug. 3 and will conclude on Aug. 5. A complete schedule and results can be found here.
Adigun, a former Houston hurdler and current assistant track and field coach, qualified for her first Nigerian Olympic Team after running 13.13 to win the 100m hurdles at the Nigerian Olympic Trials.
Adigun is the current two-time Nigerian and African 100m hurdles champion. She was also a 100m hurdle quarter-finalist in the 2009 Outdoor World Championships in Berlin, Germany as well as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Indoor World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Later in 2010 she went on to become a finalist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India and then became a semi-finalist in the 2011 Outdoor World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
As a Cougar from 2005-09, Adigun was a NCAA All-American and the Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2009. She won five Conference USA titles and made seven NCAA Regional and Championship appearances during her collegiate career.
Nolan, a standout sprinter, qualified for his first Olympic Team after posting 45.25 seconds to finish fourth in the men’s 400m at the Jamaica Championship, earning him a spot on the Jamaican 4x400m relay.
This past season as a junior, the Rosenburg, Texas native, claimed his third-straight 400m, and second-straight 200m, C-USA title helping Houston win its fourth-consecutive league title.
Nolan was Co-Conference USA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and also earned distinction when he was named Second Team All-American in the 400m after finishing ninth at the NCAA Championships. His time of 45.28 was the second fastest in school history.
Pozdniakova was one of college diving most dominating performers from 2005 to 2009. She was a two-time NCAA individual national champion on the 1-meter springboard and finished as the national runner-up on the 3-meter board in 2010.
She was named the NCAA Diver of the Year as a senior in 2010, becoming only the second Cougar to receive that honor. In addition, she was a 19-time Conference USA Diver of the Week, the most by any student-athlete in any sport in league history.
This will be Pozdniakova’s second Olympics appearance after competing for Russia in 2008. That year, she teamed with fellow Cougar and NCAA Diver of the Year Yulia Pakhalina to win the silver medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard.
No stranger to the Olympics experience, Figueiredo will be working closely with Pozdniakova during competition.
This will be the fifth straight Olympic Games in which Figueiredo has coached divers and her sixth Olympics overall. She competed for Portugal during the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
She is a four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year and guided Pakhalina and Pozdniakova to a combined eight NCAA national championships, the most in the NCAA since 2001.
Figueiredo has been selected the C-USA Diving Coach of the Year and her diver has been named the league’s Diver of the Year every season since the awards’ inceptions in 2002. She also was named the C-USA Swimming and Diving Coach of the Decade for the 2000s.
Women's 100m Hurdles Schedule
Aug. 6: Round One (4:05 a.m.)
Aug. 7: Semifinals (1:15 p.m.)
Aug. 7: Finals (3 p.m.)
*All times are CST
Men's 4x400m Relay Schedule
Aug. 9: Round One (5:35 a.m.)
Aug. 10: Finals (3:20 p.m.)
*All times are CST
Women's 3m Springboard Schedule
Aug. 3: Preliminary Round (8:30 a.m.)
Aug. 4: Semifinals (8:30 a.m.)
Aug. 5: Finals (1 p.m.)
*All times are CST