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Top: Pugh, Mewis and Reis. Bottom: Uribe and Lowe.

Incoming freshman Mallory Pugh was named Tuesday to the U.S. women's soccer team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Pugh will be joined by 2014 UCLA graduate Samantha Mewis, who was named an alternate by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, herself the former head coach at UCLA.

Also on Tuesday, UCLA goalkeeper coach Aline Reis was selected to host nation Brazil’s roster. The Olympians named today will join previously selected Bruins Jessie Fleming (Canada) and Rosie White (New Zealand) in the women’s soccer competition next month.

"It's such a great group of players representing UCLA and four different countries," UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell said. "They've all worked so hard to get to this level and to show the world where they are. I think it just goes to show the level of UCLA athletes and of the athletic program."

The Bruins named Tuesday to Olympic teams include UCLA alumna Karsta Lowe, who was selected for the U.S. women's volleyball squad's 12-player roster. The team will be guided by another UCLA gradudate, head coach Karch Kiraly. Lowe, 23, is the youngest member of the U.S. volleyball team, which begins play on Aug. 6 against Puerto Rico.

UCLA alumna Mariajo Uribe also punched her ticket to next month's Rio Olympics. She will play for Colombia in the first Olympic women's golf tournament in 112 years.

These women join 22 previously confirmed UCLA Olympians — incoming freshmen, current students, alumni, coaches and former coaches — who will be participating in the Rio games. The incoming freshmen are Pugh, Fleming, gymnast Madison Kocian and Maddie Musselman, who made the U.S. women’s water polo team.

Pugh, who will be 18 years, 3 months and 5 days old when the U.S. soccer team begins play on Aug. 3, becomes the second-youngest women's soccer Olympian in U.S. history.

"I'm super excited and nervous at the same time," Pugh said. "I will not only be with amazing athletes on my team, but also on Team USA. It will be so cool to see so many different athletes, find out their journeys and be inspired by them."

Mewis helped lead UCLA to its first-ever NCAA women's soccer championship in 2013 and was named Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2014. As one of four alternate replacement players, Mewis will travel with the team to Rio.

Reis was a standout player at Central Florida and has served as UCLA's volunteer goalkeeper coach since 2013. “Aline making the Brazilian team is such a great story,” said Cromwell. “All of the players were in awe of her ability whenever she jumped into goal.”

The U.S. will open Group G play on Aug. 3 against New Zealand. Brazil is in Group E and will open on Aug. 3 against China. The U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team has advanced to the gold medal game of every Olympic women's soccer tournament that has been contested.

 

Confirmed UCLA Olympians so far (28):

Andrea Becker (U.S. sport psychologist) – men’s volleyball: Assistant coach 2013-15

Brittany Borman (U.S.) – track and field (javelin): Competed at UCLA in 2009

KK Clark (U.S.) – women’s water polo: UCLA ‘12

Jill Ellis (U.S. head coach) – women’s soccer: Head coach 1999-2010

Rachel Fattal (U.S.) – women’s water polo: Senior (2013-present)

Lauren Fendrick (U.S.) – beach volleyball: UCLA ‘04

Jessie Fleming (Canada) – women’s soccer: Incoming freshman

Sami Hill (U.S.) – women’s water polo: UCLA ‘15

Meb Keflezighi (U.S.) – track and field (marathon): UCLA ‘98

Karch Kiraly (U.S. head coach) – women’s volleyball: UCLA ‘83

Madison Kocian (U.S.) – women’s gymnastics: Incoming freshman

Adam Krikorian (U.S. head coach) – women’s water polo: UCLA ’97; Head coach 1999-2009

Karsta Lowe (U.S.) – women’s volleyball: UCLA ‘15

Courtney Mathewson (U.S.) – women’s water polo: UCLA ‘08

Samantha Mewis (U.S.) – women’s soccer (alternate): UCLA ‘13

Maddie Musselman (U.S.) – women’s water polo: Incoming freshman

Mallory Pugh (U.S.) – women’s soccer: Incoming freshman

Aline Reis (Brazil) – women’s soccer: Vol. asst. coach 2013-present

Alex Roelse (U.S.) – men’s water polo: 2014-present

Josh Samuels (U.S.) – men’s water polo: UCLA ‘13

Nicholas Scarvelis (Greece) – track and field (shot put): UCLA 2013-16

Howard Shu (U.S.) – badminton (men’s singles): UCLA ‘13

John Speraw (U.S. head coach) – men’s volleyball: UCLA ’95

Jamie Subandhi (U.S.) – badminton (mixed doubles): UCLA ‘11

Erik Sullivan (U.S.team leader) – men’s volleyball: UCLA ‘95

Mariajo Uribe (Colombia) – women’s golf: 2007-09

Iris Wang (U.S.) – badminton (women’s singles): 2012-present

Rosie White (New Zealand) – women’s soccer: UCLA ‘14

For more coverage of Bruins bound for the 2016 Olympic Games, go to UCLA Athletics.