"Cleo Borel has always been an outstanding student-athlete and a wonderful representative of UMBC. Her accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom are impressive. The entire UMBC community is cheering for her during the Olympic Games.”
— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Alumna Goes for the Gold in 2004 Olympic Games
August 16, 2004 – The world will be watching this month as Cleopatra Borel, an outstanding UMBC alumna originally from Trinidad and Tobago, competes for her native country in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Borel (interdisciplinary studies ‘02), a three-time UMBC Track and Field NCAA All American in the shot put, was UMBC’s first-ever Division I NCAA champion. Currently ranked 10th in the world in her event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Borel is ready for the challenge at Athens. She will strive to reach the pinnacle of her sport during Olympic track and field competition.
Borel graduated from UMBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies program with a focus on health psychology, and is now a graduate student in psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
“I plan to take everything step by step,” she told The Trinidad & Tobago Express in a June interview. “The first target is getting past the qualifying round. And then, the goal is to be among the top eight. Once you’re in the final, anything could happen.”
Two other UMBC student-athletes deserve congratulations this year for nearly qualifying for their native countries’ Olympic teams. High jumper Huguens Jean of Haiti and swimmer Carlos Canepa of Peru will be watching the games from home this year with an eye on preparing for 2008.
The games of the 28th Olympiad will be held from August 11-29, 2004 and televised internationally on the NBC family of broadcast networks.