Sept. 23, 2015
In September 2016, the nation of Ireland will get an introduction to Georgia Tech’s spread option offense as the Yellow Jackets face Boston College in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. Back here on The Flats, Georgia Tech Athletics has 35 international student-athletes enrolled for the Fall 2015 semester – an all-time high for the GTAA in one academic term.
Tech’s international student-athletes, which represent 24 countries on six continents, comprise approximately nine percent of the Yellow Jackets’ student-athlete population (approximately 390). By comparison, 10.8 percent of Georgia Tech’s Fall 2014 undergraduate enrollment were international students (1,586 of 14,682 total students).
Perhaps the most impressive part of Tech’s international student-athlete population is the diversity. While the group features 18 males to 17 females, their majors are distributed over seven colleges with nearly half of the population in the Scheller College of Business (45.7%).
The most popular country among Georgia Tech international student-athletes? Israel, Canada and Italy. Three student-athletes hail from each of those countries.
The men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs have the most international student-athletes among the Yellow Jackets’ sports with 16 (14 current student-athletes). Women’s basketball has the second-most with six.
Below is a complete list of international student-athletes (both eligible and those that have exhausted eligibility) courtesy of Georgia Tech’s Student-Athlete Support Services.
|INTERNATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETES (CURRENT)|
|Simina Avram||Women’s Basketball||Romania|
|Carlos Benito||Men’s Tennis||Spain|
|Andrew Chetcuti*||Men’s Swimming||UAE|
|Dan Cohen Solal||Men’s Swimming||Israel|
|Darelle Cowley||Women’s Swimming||Canada|
|Elo Edeferioko||Women’s Basketball||Nigeria|
|Omar Eteiba||Men’s Diving||Egypt|
|Irene Gari||Women’s Basketball||Spain|
|Alex Goerzen||Men’s Swimming||Germany|
|Phillip Gresk||Men’s Tennis||Poland|
|Abdoulaye Gueye||Men’s Basketball||Senegal|
|Chelsea Guimaraes||Women’s Basketball||Portugal|
|Youssef Hammoud||Men’s Swimming||Egypt|
|Paige Hourigan||Women’s Tennis||New Zeland|
|Florina Ilie||Women’s Swimming||Romania|
|Mark Keaveney||Men’s Swimming||Ireland|
|Andrew Li||Men’s Tennis||China|
|Moises Loschi||Men’s Swimming||Italy|
|Ksenia Novikova||Women’s Track||Russia|
|Sylvester Ogbando||Men’s Basketball||Nigeria|
|Antonia Peresson||Women’s Basketball||Italy|
|Alexis Prokopuik||Women’s Tennis||Canada|
|Efrat Rotsztejn||Women’s Swimming||Israel|
|Chiara Ruiu||Women’s Swimming||Italy|
|Yuval Safra||Men’s Swimming||Israel|
|Malin Trollsas||Women’s Track||Sweden|
|Matthias Uhrig*||Men’s Track||Germany|
|Nico van Duijn*||Men’s Swimming||Switzerland|
|Katarina Vuckovic||Women’s Basketball||Serbia|
|Iris Wang||Women’s Swimming||China|
|Mats Westergren||Men’s Swimming||Sweden|
|Edwin Zhao||Men’s Swimming||Canada|
Two international student-athletes – Eduardo Segura (Men’s Tennis, Spain) and Catherine Richards (Women’s Swimming, South Africa) – both graduated from Georgia Tech in Spring 2015. A third student-athlete, Francis Kallon, who not included on this list, is originally from London, England, and played high school football at Central Gwinnett HS in Lawrenceville.
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