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Favor Hamilton Olympic saga; Ameche to Rose hall; McMillan earns academic honor

Favor Hamilton might not make Olympic roster

Suzy Favor Hamilton, a former Wisconsin athlete, may not be headed to the Olympics at all after learning that she has not technically made the U.S. team, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Favor Hamilton placed second in the semifinals of the 1,500-meter race at the Olympic track and field trials in Sacramento, Calif., but opted out of running the final due to a sore hamstring. Her coach, Beth Alford-Sullivan, told her she would compete in Athens prior to the final race and Favor Hamilton pulled out to nurse her hamstring.

Favor Hamilton received a conflicting report when the women's Olympic track coach, Sue Humphrey, said that she had not made the team. In order to make the Olympic Team, athletes must have an Olympic "A" standard time of 405.8, which Hamilton had. None of her teammates who completed the race had this qualifying mark and only Marla Runyan, who placed ahead of Favor Hamilton in the semifinals, earned a "B" mark of 4:07.15 seconds or faster. Runyan did not finish the final race and Hamilton dropped out, leaving no athletes with "A" or "B" standards in the race. At this point, Humphrey told the Associated Press, she would select the official participant based on the semifinals, meaning Runyan would compete.

To make matters more complicated, Favor Hamilton does still have a slight chance to make her fourth Olympics. If either Carrie Tollefson or Jen Toomey, who finished first and second in the 1,500 finals, earn an "A" qualifying time before Aug. 9, the Olympic track team could select as many as three runners to compete in Athens, including Favor Hamilton.

Both Toomey and Tollefson will likely compete in Europe before Aug. 9 in an attempt to earn the "A" standard time.

Ameche to be inducted into Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Rose Bowl star running back Alan Ameche will be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Dec. 31, according to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Ameche will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Rose Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, where he will join former Badgers Ron Vander Kelen and Pat Richter. Ameche passed away in August, 1988.

Ameche, who hailed from Kenosha, Wis., earned a plethora of awards during his collegiate career, including the Heisman Trophy and the Big Ten Most Valuable Player award in 1954, and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten pick. He set the NCAA career rushing record with 3,345 yards and was a two-time academic All-American.

Ameche led a successful NFL career, suiting up for the Baltimore Colts from 1955-60 and appearing in four pro bowls.

McMillan on All-American Scholar Team

Lindsay McMillan, a junior-to-be on the women's golf team, earned top-notch academic honors when she made the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.

The pre-medicine major with a 3.8 grade-point average made the team for the second consecutive year. She is one of 318 athletes from Division I, II or III to make the team, which selects athletes who have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have participated in at least 66 percent of the school's regularly scheduled competitive rounds.

In her sophomore campaign McMillan, played in 31 rounds and scored 2,471 strokes, or 79.7 per 18 holes, second-best on the team.

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