Stanford will be represented in sailing by Helena Scutt and Marion Lepert at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as announced Wednesday by the United States Olympic Committee.
Scutt, a 2014 graduate, and partner Paris Henken were the first boat named to the United States Olympic team. Sailing in the 49erFX division, Scutt and Henken were the top American finishers at the 2015 49erFX World Championships, where they placed 20th.
They have been the top U.S. boat in eight other races since the start of 2015, and are the top-ranked U.S. team in their class. It will be the first Olympic appearance for the pair, who clinched a trip to Rio following the 49er World Championships in Clearwater, Florida, February 9-14.
Joining Scutt in Rio will be Marion Lepert, who took a leave of absence from Stanford after her freshman season (2013-14) to pursue her first Olympic Games. Lepert sealed her trip to Brazil at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, chasing down 2012 Olympian Farrah Hall in the medal races. Lepert, a native of Belmont, California, will race in the RS:X division, a discipline of windsurfing which has been an event at the Olympics since 2008.
Current Stanford sophomore Luke Muller will join Team USA in Rio as a training partner for the Finn Class, while Hans Henken `15 will make the trip as a 49er Class training partner.
Kodye Pugh, regarded as a consensus top-100 prospect nationally, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Stanford.
rod Haase announced on Wednesday.
"We are thrilled to officially have Kodye as a member of the program," said Stanford's new coach, Jerod Haase. "His personality and character fit in great with the team off the court. On the court, he is long, lean, and skilled. His talents and versatility are perfect for how we want to play."
The 6-8 small forward is a member of the Rivals100 team and is rated a top-100 prospect by both Scout.com and 247Sports.com. He is ranked No. 11 at his position by 247Sports.com and No. 21 by ESPN.com in its national position rankings.
Pugh joins Pasadena standout Trevor Stanback in Stanford's 2016 signing class.