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Two RIT students headed to Olympic trials

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RIT has two students who are poised to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Nicole Mallory, a third-year physician assistant student from Henrietta, will head to the Olympic trials in Oklahoma April 20-21 in flat-water kayaking. If she logs the fastest time, Mallory will become the sole female competitor representing the U.S. in London in the sport.

Although the competition is fierce, Mallory says she’s ready.

“It’s hard to say how I’ll fare, but I will race as hard as I can,” she says. “I would love to improve my race time as I look toward this year’s Olympic games as well as the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.”

Rachel Zoyhofsky, a third-year environmental science student, also from Henrietta, will compete in the U.S. Olympic trials July 1 in Oregon in the race walk. Zoyhofsky is the youngest person competing in this year’s trial for the sport.

When asked about how she balances training with her rigorous academics, she says: “Having limited time actually keeps me focused. When I look at how much work I’ve put into training, along with my school work, I know that I can never give up. I’ve always been surrounded by student athletes and I know that everyone has the potential to come as far as I have.”