For A. Aquilla, that means a trip back to the location of many of her biggest victories.
The Ohio State senior who became an Olympic shot putter for the United States as a walk-on will finish her scholastic career this week by competing in the NCAA championship meet in Eugene, Oregon.
A. Aquilla Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
This is only the most recent event in what has been an incredible trip for the 23-year-old, even if it occasionally defies belief.
A. Aquilla, who has recently earned degrees in both communications and hospitality management, remarked, “It’s definitely a wild experience, even just going back thinking about it right now.” “It’s all so unbelievable.
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If I had to sum it all up, I’d say it was proof of my diligence, faith in the procedure, and appreciation of my own abilities.
It is commonly known that after graduating from Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio, A. Aquilla was not seen as a highly promising player.
And though she received offers from other, smaller colleges, the temptation of playing for Ohio State was too tremendous to pass up.
U.S. Olympian A. Aquilla (Rocky River, Ohio) will compete in the shot put on July 30 (qualifying rounds from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and finals from 8:10 to 9:45 p.m.);
A. Aquilla is a senior at Ohio State and has won the NCAA championships in the shot put both indoors and outdoors in 2021, as well as the last three Big Ten shot put titles. She was named Ohio State’s 2021 female athlete of the year.
After finishing 20th in the qualifying rounds for the women’s shot put event on Friday morning, Westlake native A. Aquilla was excluded from competition at the Tokyo Olympics. You have to be in the top 12 to move on. The greatest of her three-point attempts was a score of 17.68.
Ohio State University student A. Aquilla qualified for Team USA by placing third in the trials.