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Gators Ryan Lotche and Elizabeth Beisel won medals on Saturday (US Presswire)

Saturday July 28, 2012July 28: Daily Olympic Coverage of Gators Competing in London

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Gators Ryan Lotche and Elizabeth Beisel won medals on Saturday (US Presswire)

Gator letterwinners Ryan Lochte and Elizabeth Beisel won individual medals and highlighted University of Florida letterwinner’s action at the 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday.

 

Gator were competing in the sports of basketball, soccer and swimming on Saturday.

 

 

SATURDAY’S OLYMPIC GATOR PHOTO GALLERY (courtesy U.S. Presswire)

 

 

Swimming

 

Ryan Lochte took the lead and never looked back in the men’s 400 IM final winning gold in the first swimming event. Lochte finished in a time of 4:05.18, just off world record pace. He will be back in the pool tomorrow morning with the 200m freestyle heats starting at 5:20 a.m.

 

The Gators earned another medal as Elizabeth Beisel took the silver in the 400 IM for the women. She swam a time of 4:31.27, which is a new personal record.

 

In the men’s 400m freestyle final, Conor Dwyer finished fifth in a time of 3:46.39.

 

For a full recap of the day for the Gator swimmers click here.

 

Check back tomorrow for more swimming events as they get underway at 5:00 a.m. with the women’s 100m backstroke!

 

 

Soccer

The USA claimed a 3-0 win over Colombia Saturday at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. With the six points earned through the USA’s opening two matches of Group G play, the USA is guaranteed a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals. Both Gator Greats on the USA roster- Heather Mitts and Abby Wambach – were in the starting lineup Saturday.

 

Megan Rapinoe scored the only goal of the opening half with a right-footed 20-yard blast in the 33rd minute.

 

Wambach scored in the 74th minute. Her goal ups her career total of international goals to 140, moving her into second all-time on the list. The all-time international leader is Mia Hamm with 158 goals, while Canada’s Christine Sinclair is now third at 139 after a pair of goals Saturday in win over South Africia.

 

The final USA goal Saturday came from Carli Lloyd in the 77th minute.

 

Sydney Leroux subbed in for Wambach in the 78th minute. Mitts played the entirety of Saturday’s match.

 

The USA plays North Korea Tuesday at noon ET.

 

Canada won 3-0 over South Africa. Melanie Booth was not activated for the match.

 

 

Basketball

Azania Stewart scored eight points and collected one offensive rebound while battling WNBA MVP center Lauren Jackson and Australia, the reigning Olympic silver medalists, which proved to be too strong for Great Britain, a team making its first ever appearance in the Olympic Games. Great Britain fell 74-58 in their Olympic debut played at the Basketball Arena in London.

 

Stewart played nine minutes in the first half, when she was saddled with two fouls, but did net four points and drew three fouls against her.

 

In the second half Stewart connected on an inside bucket with 7:13 remaining in the game for her sixth point of the contest. She then hit another bucket with 5:38 to go and helped GB cut its deficit to 66-53. Overall, Stewart was able to draw five fouls to aid her team, in addition to hitting 3-of-5 shots from the floor.

 

Stewart and her fellow countrywomen return to the court on July 30 against Canada and tip-off for the Group B preliminary game is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

 

The competition format for Olympic basketball from the official Olympic website (www.london2012.com): The best four teams from each group during the preliminaries will qualify for the knockout stage, with the winners of the semi-finals going head-to-head in the gold medal game.

 

 

 

Check HERE for a detailed schedule of all Olympics events involving Gators!

 

 

Gators in the 2012 Olympic Games:

Schedule & Results for Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gator

Sport

Country

Time (ET)

Event

Opponent (if applicable)

Result

Bradley Ally

Swimming

Barbados

5:00 AM

Heats: 400 IM

--

1st in heat, 4:21.32

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

5:00 AM

Heats: 400m IM

--

2nd in heat, 4:12.35, advances to final

Sarah Bateman

Swimming

Iceland

5:26 AM

Heats: 100m Butterfly

--

4th in heat, 59.86

Conor Dwyer

Swimming

U.S.A.

5:47 AM

Heats: 400m Freestyle

--

3rd in heat, advances to final, 3:46.24

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

6:16 AM

Heats: 400m IM

--

Advances to finals as top qualifier,

4:31.68

Mel Booth

Soccer

Canada-alternate

9:45 AM

Preliminary Round, Group F

South Africa

Canada won 3-0; Mel Booth not activated 

Heather Mitts

Soccer

U.S.A.

12:00 PM

Preliminary Round, Group G

Colombia

USA wins 3-0; Mitts played entirety of match at right back

Abby Wambach

Soccer

U.S.A.

12:00 PM

Preliminary Round, Group G

Colombia

USA wins 3-0; Wambach started & scored in 74th minute

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

2:30 PM

Final: 400m IM

--

WINS GOLD MEDAL, 4:05.18

Conor Dwyer

Swimming

U.S.A.

2:51 PM

Final: 400m Freestyle

--

Finished 5th,3:46.39

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

3:11 PM

Final: 400m IM

--

WINS SILVER MEDAL,4:31.27

Azania Stewart

Basketball

Great Britain

5:15 PM

Preliminary Round, Group B

Australia

Australia wins 74-58; started and scored 8 points

 

 

 

Gators 2012 Olympic Game Medal Count:

(2 Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver)

Gator

Sport

Country

Event

Medal

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

400m IM

Gold

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

400m IM

Silver

All-Time Gator Olympic Games Medal Count (since 1968):

Total: 93 medals (45 Gold, 24 Silver, 24 Bronze)

Summer Games: 92 medals (46 Gold, 24 Silver, 24 Bronze)

Winter Games: 1 medal (1 Gold)

 

 

For all of the latest information on Gators competing at the 2012 Olympic Games, please visit http://www.gatorzone.com/olympics/2012/ or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@OlympicGators.

 

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