Western New Yorkers competing for spots in 2016 Olympics

Former Brazilian volleyball player Giovane Gavio, left, and Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias, right, show off their torches with the Olympic flame after the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, Greece, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The flame will be transported by torch relay to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Western New York has a number of athletes looking to find their place in this year’s Summer Olympics.

The Olympics, which take place this August in Rio de Janeiro, still need a final roster of competitors. At least 16 locals will try out for the international competition during the Olympic Trials.

Those interested in swimming in the Olympics are all students from the University at Buffalo. The athetes and their techniques are listed below

  • Megan Burns, 50-meter freestyle
  • Hudson Carroll, 100-meter backstroke
  • Garrett Clarke, 200-meter breaststroke
  • Mike Dugan, 50-meter freestyle
  • Scott Huang, 200-meter breaststroke
  • Luke Otto, 100-meter breaststroke

Kenmore resident Anita Alvarez, who is currently on the U.S. Olympic team, is seeking to perform in synchronized swimming events.

For wrestling, the sole known competitor from western New York is UB student Justin Grant, who wrestles in the 275-pound weight class.

Those competing for spots related to track & field events are listed here:

  • Jonathan Jones, UB student — shot put
  • Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills wide receiver — long jump
  • Jenn Suhr, Fredonia — pole vault
  • Mary Saxer, Lancaster — pole vault

For rowing, Canisius High School student Steve Coppola and Nichols High School student Emily Regan will compete. Regan is currently on the U.S. Olympic team.

In addition to the athletes mentioned above, Buffalo resident Kathleen Tocke will compete for a sailing spot, and Matt DePeters, also of Buffalo, seeks to perform in the freestyle skiing category.

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