UTA students named to several sports national teams

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UTA student Josie Aslakson will represent the USA in wheelchair basketball.

Six University of Texas at Arlington students have been selected for four national sports teams: women’s wheelchair basketball, men’s under-23 wheelchair basketball, rugby and the U.S. Military Invictus Games.
Fabian Romo, a sophomore exercise science major from Houston, was picked for the USA’s Men’s Under-23 wheelchair basketball team.
Three students were chosen for the USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team: Morgan Wood, a senior majoring in psychology from Gordonsville, Tenn.; Josie Aslakson, a junior and film major from Jordan, Minn.; and Abigail Dunkin, a junior kinesiology major from New Braunfels, Texas. Dunkin, who is in her third consecutive year on the national team, was part of the 2016 Paralympics gold medal-winning team in Rio. She was also a member of UTA’s 2016 national collegiate championship team.
Alejandro Pabon, a junior majoring in business management from San Antonio who also plays on UTA’s Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, landed a spot on the USA National Rugby Team.
Matt Grashen, a freshman and retired Marine who hails from Chicago, was picked for the U.S. Military USA Invictus Games team.
The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style event for wounded veterans. It features several sports, including wheelchair basketball, rifle shooting, archery, track and field and indoor rowing. In addition to the United States, participating countries include the United Kingdom and Australia.
Doug Garner, coach of the Movin’ Mavs Men’s Basketball team and assistant director of campus recreation for adapted sports and recreation in the division of student affairs, said this is the largest representation UTA has had on national sports teams.
Garner, who has coached the men’s team since 2008 and who introduced women’s wheelchair basketball to UTA four years ago, attributes the success of the athletes to a combination of high expectations set …

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