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Monday August 11, 2008Gators in the Olympics - Aug. 11 Report

BEIJING, China

Former University of Florida athletes competed in the sports of womenís basketball, tennis and menís and womenís swimming at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, on Monday.

 

Womenís Basketball

Former Gator All-American DeLisha Milton-Jones and the U.S. Womenís Olympic Basketball Team (2-0) jumped on host country China (1-1) early and rode a 23-0 first quarter run to an easy 108-63 win at Wukesong Arena.

 

Milton-Jones saw 16 minutes of action in the route, scoring two points from the free throw line and collecting a pair of rebounds along with one assist.

 

In today's other games, preliminary group B action saw Spain (1-1) topple New Zealand (1-1) 85-62, and Czech Republic (1-1) storm past Mali (0-2) 81-47. In group B play Russia (2-0) grabbed its second win against South Korea (1-1) 77-72; and Belarus (1-1) easily handled Latvia (0-2) 79-57. Australia (1-0) and Brazil (0-1) compete in tonight's final game at 10:15 p.m. local time.

 

The USA women next face Mali at 10:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 13; Spain on Aug. 15 at 8:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EDT); and close preliminary round play against New Zealand at 10:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. EDT) on August 17. The women's quarterfinals will be contested Aug. 19, the semifinals on Aug. 21 and the gold and bronze medal games will be played on Aug. 23.

 

For additional details click HERE.

 

 

Tennis

Former Gator All-American Jill Craybas was a late addition to the U.S. Olympic Tennis Team, which entered her in the 64-player singles draw. The 1996 NCAA Singles Champion lost to the event's No. 13-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 in the first round played at the Beijing Olympic Tennis Centre.

 

Schnyder is currently ranked No. 15 in the WTA Tour rankings, while Craybas is No. 74 in the world.

 

Craybas is the third different UF women's tennis player to participate in the Olympic Games. Lisa Raymond competed for the USA in 2004 and Jill Hetherington represented Canada in 1984, 1988 and 1996.

 

For additional details click HERE.

 

Swimming

Gemma Spofforth (Great Britain) led the charge in representing the UF women in the final heat of the 100-meter backstroke, narrowly missing bronze medal position by four-hundredths-of-a-second, clocking a career-best 59.38 fourth-place finish. Spofforth was out-touched by bronze medalist Margaret Hoelzer of the U.S. (59.34), silver medalist Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe (59.19) and champion Natalie Coughlin, who represented the United States (58.96).

 

Incoming Gator men Rodion Davelaar (Curacao) and Roberto Gomez (Venezuela) and UF veteran Shaune Fraser (Cayman Islands) will all take to the water at 6:57 a.m. (EST) Tuesday in preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle, while rising senior Bradley Ally (Barbados) competes in the menís 200-meter breaststroke at 7:48 a.m. (EST).

 

Gator alum Adam Sioui, who is representing Canada at the 2008 Games, will round out preliminary action for the Orange and Blue in the menís 4x200-meter free relay, beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. (EST).

 

For live results on Tuesday morning preliminary swimming action from Beijingís Water Cube, click HERE.

 

Go to www.GatorZone.com for additional details about these events and others involving University of Florida athletics.

 

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