Local Olympians

Sofia Snyder, asst.sports editor


Olivia Smoliga graduated from South in 2012 and won a gold medal in the 4×100 meter medley this past Olympics. Though she didn’t compete in the final, she competed in the semi-final that qualified the team for the final, which led her to receive a gold medal. Smoliga is currently a senior at the University of Georgia, and her brother Matt Smoliga is a senior at South.


Monica Rokhman, who is originally from California, moved to Northbrook in 2010 for an opportunity to pursue rhythmic gymnastics. Rokhman now attends the University of Illinois, and she graduated from Glenbrook North in 2015. She was one of six to qualify for rhythmic gymnastics, and the team got 14th place in the group all-around. Her twin sister Jenny Rokhman was also at the Olympics as her alternate in case any injuries occurred.


Conor Dwyer, who is originally from Winnetka, IL, attended Loyola Academy and graduated in 2006. Dwyer went on to the University of Florida and graduated just before going to the London Olympics in 2012. Dwyer won a gold medal in the 4×200 meter relay in London and in the same event four years later in the Rio games. Dwyer also collected a bronze medal in the 200 meter freestyle in Rio.