Auburn University to showcase students and alumni experiences at Rio Olympics

Published: August 01, 2016
Updated: August 02, 2016
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As the world focuses attention on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, more than two dozen Auburn University students, coaches and alumni will look to be on top of their games both on the playing fields and behind the scenes. The university is capturing some of their experiences and showcasing them on two blogsites.

Fans can log onto to follow swimmer Luis Martinez, photographer/editor Shanna Lockwood and tech manager Nathaly Marques. Swimming coach Brett Hawke, who will serve as assistant coach for Brazil, will send updates from the Olympic pool deck on

Lockwood, a 2009 and 2011 Auburn alumna, will be working her second Olympics as an onsite photo editor. She served in a similar capacity at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

"I could not be more excited to be working the Games again," Lockwood said. "It's an intense month of work, but I come out stronger as an editor at the end, which then informs my photography a great deal."

Working the Summer Games is a homecoming of sorts for Marques, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. An Auburn senior, she will lead a small technical crew responsible for cameras and audio equipment, while covering water polo events.

"Working for the Summer Olympics was definitely not something I was expecting to do as a senior in college, " Marques said. "I see this as an opportunity of a lifetime."

Martinez, an Auburn sophomore from Guatemala, is making his first appearance in the Olympics. He will compete in the 100-meter butterfly for his home country.

In all, Auburn will have 11 swimmers, five track athletes and a double trap shooter competing. Six coaches associated with Auburn will also work at the Games.