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One to Watch: Gabriela Lopez

Former Arkansas golf star eyes gold in Rio

Gabriela Lopez
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Sport: Golf

After a successful college career, Lopez has a chance to prove herself on the international stage in Rio. Originally from Mexico City and competing for Mexico, Lopez took an interest in golf at age 5 after her family introduced her to the sport. As she prepared for college, she sought a school that had a strong golf program and high academic standards. She found both at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Lopez also found success as a Razorback: She was named to the Southeastern Conference all-freshman team (2013) and all-SEC first team (2014, 2015), earned a spot on the SEC academic honor roll three times (2013-2015), and finished as the individual runner-up at the 2015 NCAA championships. In 2016, Lopez began playing on the LPGA Tour.

When to watch: Round two of the women’s golf event began at 6:30 a.m. today and will be played through early afternoon.

Why we're cheering: Lopez considers Arkansas to be her second home, thanks to the lifelong friends she made there and the opportunity the school afforded her to grow athletically, professionally and emotionally.

Others to watch today:

Bret Bonanni (water polo, United States): This year, Bonanni graduated from Stanford University with a science, technology and society degree and is competing as a member of the U.S. water polo team in Rio. At Stanford, Bonanni made the 2014 NCAA all-tournament first team.