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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.

 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
 Adam Gotsis  Football  Australia
 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
 Anna Kavalchuk  Volleyball  Belarus
 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
 Gabriela Stavnetchei  Volleyball  Brazil
 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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