Grinnell College Swimmer to Compete for Uganda in Olympics

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GRINNELL, Iowa – A Grinnell College swimmer is set to compete against international competition next month in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Joshua Tibatemwa, who is the first Pioneer athlete in the modern era to make the Olympics while still being enrolled at Grinnell, will be representing Uganda.

The swimmer will compete in the 50-meter freestyle on Aug. 11.

"We are thrilled Joshua was selected to Rio," said Tibatemwa's head coach Erin Hurley in a press release. "He came to college with international experience, representing Uganda at the World Championships in Russia in summer of 2015. With that experience, it is not a surprise that he had his eyes set on this ultimate goal of competing at the Olympics.

"At Grinnell, we have been very fortunate for the opportunity to work with a student-athlete so focused and humble as Joshua," Hurley continued. "The work that coach (Tim) Hammond has done to fine-tune the technical aspects of his stroke and continue to build on his power development bode well for faster swimming in Rio. Having coach Hammond join him at the Olympics will be a great benefit to Joshua. We will be following very closely and sending lots of GCPride to Joshua and coach Hammond in Rio!"