Terp Olympian Presents Jersey From Tokyo Games to Club Sports
Photos by Hong H. Huynh
Kids at Terp Quest, a day camp hosted by University Recreation and Wellness, are used to learning a slew of sports and games during their action-packed summer weeks. Today, they were treated to an Olympic-caliber teacher.
Abby Gustaitis ’13, co-captain of the United States women’s rugby team at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, stopped by the Eppley Recreation Center to present a framed jersey from the Games to Club Sports, where she got her start with rugby. With her former UMD coach, Pamela Gouws, on hand—as well as current women’s coach John Mohler, men’s coach Jeff Soeken, and other club players and representatives—she recounted her path to the Olympic stage, answered kids’ questions and even lined up for a short race with the campers.
“It’s really special to come back here,” Gustaitis said. “Thanks to Jeff and Pam and everyone at Maryland for helping me achieve this goal and being a part of my journey.”
Before earning sixth place with the Olympic squad, Gustaitis garnered All-American honors as a Terp. She played with the nearby Maryland Stingers and the Northern Virginia senior club post-graduation, then began training with Team USA in the sevens version of the sport, which appropriately has seven-player teams and seven-minute halves.
Read more about Gustaitis in Maryland Today’s roundup of six Terp Olympians.
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