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Saturday July 28, 2012Lochte Wins Gold and Beisel Brings Home Silver

Gainesville, Fla.

It was strong day for the Gators at the Olympics as they earned two medals and an Olympic Record on the first day of the swim competition. Former Gator Ryan Lochte won gold in the menÕs 400 IM and current Gator Elizabeth Beisel took silver in the womenÕs 400 IM.

 

Lochte took the lead at the backstroke leg of the 400 IM final and never looked back. Lochte finished in a time of 4;05.18 to win the gold for the United States. It was a personal best for Lochte and the second fasted time ever, just off Michael PhelpsÕ world record from Beijing. 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. Beisel finished second behind Shiwen Ye (PeopleÕs Republic of China) who set a new World Record time of 4:28.43.

 

Dana Vollmer finished in a time of 56.36 as she takes first in her semifinal heat and qualifies first for tomorrowÕs final in the womenÕs 100m butterfly. She will be in lane four in the final that starts at 2:30 p.m.

 

In the menÕs 400m freestyle final, Conor Dwyer finished fifth in a time of 3:46.39. Dwyer was the fourth place qualifier in the final and his time was a new personal best.

 

More Gators will take to the pool July 29 as they get started with the womenÕs backstroke qualifying heats at 5:20 a.m.

 

Heats: Morning Session Recap

 

Three Gators are heading to finals on Day 1 of the Olympics. Ryan Lochte (U.S.), Conor Dwyer (U.S) and Elizabeth Beisel (U.S) each secured spots to the final of their events, while Dana Vollmer (U.S) set an American and Olympic Record in the 100m butterfly to advance to the semifinals.

 

Lochte swam in the fifth heat of the 400 IM. He finished in a time of 4:12.35 and advances to the finals that will take place at 2:30 p.m. Lochte was the third place qualifier and will be in lane 3 for the finals. Bradley Ally (Barbados) also swam in the menÕs 400 IM, he finished first in his heat in a time of 4:21.32.

 

Sarah Bateman (Iceland) and Vollmer then took to the pool in the womenÕs 100m butterfly. Vollmer won her heat and set a new American and Olympic record with a time of 56.25. She is the top qualifier to advance to the 100m semifinals at 2:40 p.m. Bateman was fourth in her heat with a time of 59.87, a new personal best.

 

In the menÕs 400m freestyle, Dwyer finished third in 3:46.24 to advance to the finals that will take place at 2:51 p.m. He is the third place qualifier and will swim in lane 3.

 

The final event to for the Gators was the womenÕs 400 IM. Beisel cruised to a first place finish in her heat with a time of 4:31.68. She is the top qualifier and will be in lane 4 for the final that will take place today at 3:11 p.m.

 

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