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Tuesday July 24, 2012On Eve of 2012 Olympic Soccer, Total Gator Letterwinners Competing in London Increases to 37

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Gator great Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) has been added to the 2012 USA Track & Field Olympic Team, the USA Track & Field announced Tuesday, stating that Demps will be a member of the 4x100m relay pool, serving “as a replacement for Mike Rodgers who suffered a stress fracture in his left foot.”

 

Demps’ addition to the roster increases the total number of Gator letterwinners competing at the 2012 Olympic Games to 37. In addition two current Gator head coaches (Gregg Troy – USA Men’s Swimming Head Coach; Mike Holloway – USA Men’s Track & Field Assistant Coach) and one Gator listed as an alternate (Melanie Booth, Canada’s soccer team) are in London for the Olympic Games.

 

The 37 Gators competing in London sets the school’s all-time record for number of letterwinners at a single Oylmpiad. A total of 34 Gators competed in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

 

While the 2012 Opening Ceremonies is set to be held on Friday, July 27, a pair of Gators will being their competition on Wednesday, July 25 when Heather Mitts and Abby Wambach lead the U.S. women’s soccer team against France beginning at Noon ET at Hampden Park in first round action.

 

The U.S. women’s soccer team’s game vs. France can be watched live online at:

http://www.nbcolympics.com/online-listings/day=july-25/index.html

 

Booth, who is listed as an alternate for Canada’s first round game against Japan on Wednesday, could be activated for future Olympic games and is with the team in London.

 

Gators at the 2012 Olympic Games

Gator * Sport * Country * Role at Olympics * Years at UF * Events

Bradley Ally * Swimming * Barbados * athlete * 2005-09 * 200 IM

Sarah Bateman * Swimming * Iceland * athlete * 2008-12 * 4x100 medley relay

Elizabeth Beisel * Swimming * U.S.A. * athlete * 2010-present * 400 IM, 200 Back

Mel Booth * Soccer * Canada * athlete - alternate * 2003-07 (06 redshirt) * team

Clark Burckle * Swimming * U.S.A. * athlete * competed at UF (2006-09) before transferring * 200 breast

Marcin Cieslak * Swimming * Poland * athlete * 2010-present * 200 fly, 200 IM

Will Claye * Track & Field * U.S.A. * athlete * 2010-11 * Long Jump, Triple Jump

Kerron Clement * Track & Field * U.S.A. * athlete * 2004-05 * 400m Hurdles, 4x400

Melani Costa-Schmid * Swimming * Spain * athlete * 2009-10 * 200 free, 400 free

Jeff Demps * Track & Field * U.S.A. * athlete * 2009-12 * 4x100m relay

Conor Dwyer * Swimming * U.S.A. * athlete * 2009-11 * 400 free, 200 IM, 400 free relay

Brett Fraser * Swimming * Cayman Islands * athlete * 2007-11 * 200 free

Shaune Fraser * Swimming * Cayman Islands * athlete * 2006-10 * 200 free

Csaba Gercsak * Swimming * Hungary * athlete * 2009-10 * 10km Marathon

Mike Holloway * Track & Field * U.S.A. * Asst. Coach * UF head coach 2002-present * U.S. Assistant Coach

Moise Joseph * Track & Field * Haiti * athlete * 2001-04 * 800m

Genevieve LaCaze * Track & Field * Australia * athlete * 2009-12 * 3000m steeplechase

Sarra Lajnef * Swimming * Tunisia * athlete * 2009-present * 200 breast

Ryan Lochte * Swimming * U.S.A. * athlete * 2002-06 * 400 IM, 200 back, 200 IM, 200 free, 200 back, 800 free relay

Marco Loughran * Swimming * Great Britain * athlete * 2008-11 * 200 back

Jemma Lowe * Swimming * Great Britain * athlete * 2009-10 * 200 fly

Hilda Luthersdottir * Swimming * Iceland * athlete * 2010-present * 200 breast, 4x100 medley relay

Raul Martinez * Swimming * Puerto Rico * athlete * 2008-10 * 400 free

Tony McQuay * Track & Field * U.S.A. * athlete * 2010-present * 400m, 4x400

Kemal Mesic * Track & Field * Bosnia * athlete * 2009-12 * Shot Put

Heather Mitts * Soccer * U.S.A. * athlete * 1996-99 * team

Omar Pinzon * Swimming * Colombia * athlete * 2006-10 * 200m back, 200m fly, 200 IM

Shara Proctor * Track & Field * Great Britain * athlete * 2006-07 * Long Jump

Steph Proud * Swimming * Great Britain * athlete * 2007-09 * 200 back

Lisa Raymond * Tennis * U.S.A. * athlete * 1991-93 * women's doubles (possible mixed doubles)

Sebastian Rousseau * Swimming * South Africa * athlete * 2009-present * 4x200 free relay

Sinead Russell * Swimming * Canada * athlete * incoming freshman * 100 & 200 back

Gemma Spofforth * Swimming * Great Britain * athlete * 2006-10 * 100 back

Azania Stewart * Basketball * Great Britain * athlete * 2008-12 * team

Christian Taylor * Track & Field * U.S.A. * athlete * 2009-11 * Triple Jump

Darian Townsend * Swimming * South Africa * athlete * competed at UF (2004-05) before transferring * 200 IM, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 400 medley relay

Gregg Troy * Swimming * U.S.A. * Head Coach * UF head coach 1998-present * Head Coach U.S. Men's Team

Dana Vollmer * Swimming * U.S.A. * athlete * competed at UF (2005-06) before transferring * 100 fly

Abby Wambach * Soccer * U.S.A. * athlete * 1998-2001 * team

Novlene Williams-Mills * Track & Field * Jamaica * athlete * 2003-04 * 400m, 4x400

 

 

Gators ties to the 2012 Olympic Games

37 Athletes (includes 3 who began collegiate career at UF and later transferred; does NOT include 1 athlete listed as an alternate)

 

2 Coaches (Gregg Troy - Head Coach of USA Men's Swimming Team; Mike Holloway - Assistant Coach of USA Men's Track Team - Sprints & Hurdles)

 

Gator Athletes by Sport:

Basketball (1)

Soccer (2)

Swimming (23)

Tennis (1)

Track & Field (10)

 

 

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