A Spokane physician will be riding herd on the athletes who’ll be riding in the Olympic Games July 19-Aug. 4 in Atlanta.
Dr. Patrick Z. Pearce, who has been a member of the Olympic Committee since 1985, has been named to the medical team that will serve athletes competing in the equestrian events at the Summer Games.
He has previously volunteered at various Olympic trials in both drug control and sports medicine, as well as such local events as cycling trials, Hoopfest and triathlons.
Pearce, a triathlete, who has completed 15 marathons and seven Ironman Triathlons, including the World Championship in Hawaii, is training coordinator for the junior U.S. Triathlon team. He also has worked with the Seattle Sonics and Seahawks, Spokane Indians and athletes at Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University.
A family practice physician at Rockwood Clinic since 1983, he speaks locally, regionally and nationally on sports medicine and has written widely on many subjects.
Spokane will be represented in the 12U Division of the AAU National Tournament July 20-27 in Salt Lake City by the Granny’s Buffet team.
Granny’s, coached by Craig Bishop, won a qualifying tournament earlier this spring in Spokane. It’s the first time in 16 years a Spokane team won the 12U regional title and national trip.
Team members and schools: Spencer Bishop, Brett Weisner, Bryan Zimmerman, Ken Martin, Brandon Zimmerman, all Woodridge; Pat Donovan and John Lattin, Indian Trail; Dan Cox and Mark Dollar, Assumption; and John Oglessbee, Arlington.
Seven basketball players from the Bi-County League will play in Northwest Basketball Camps Tour Teams to the British Isles in July and August.
Odessa’s Nicole Young and Reardan’s Kim Rinker will play with the junior girls team. Reardan’s Reece Jenkin and Pete Eastman and Harrington’s Matt Henry will play with the junior boys team. Reardan’s James Kiger and Liberty’s Travis Greenwalt will play with the senior boys team.
The athletes on the teams were selected from a pool of more than 600 campers from the Northwest who tried out for the international tour teams.
It was deja vu all over again for Jay Benner of Pullman.
For a second straight year, Benner, assistant women’s swim coach at Washington State, came in second in the 25K U.S. Open Water Championships - after leading most of the race.
Last weekend at Lake George, Ill., Benner was overhauled by defending champion Chuck Wylie of Austin, Texas. Wylie covered the 16 miles in 5 hours, 24.31 seconds. Benner came in in 5:26.26.
“I was trying to hold on the best I could,” Benner told the Dispatch and Rock Island (Ill.) Argus. “The endurance was pretty good. I just had a problem with my wrist. Chuck has a lot of experience at this. He’s been one of the better swimmers, no doubt.”
Both Wylie and Benner will represent the U.S. at the World Open Water Championships July 14 in Switzerland.
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