Wednesday December 12, 2012Three Former Gators Win Medals on First Day of FINA World Short Course Championships
Former Gators Ryan Lochte (U.S.A.) and Conor Dwyer (U.S.A.) have added to their already successful year swimming internationally. Both swimmers secured medals on the first night of the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Lochte competed in three events, two finals and one semi-final in the evening session. Lochte won gold in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.92. He became just the second swimmer in history to win the event twice at short course worlds. Lochte’s time was the second fastest this year behind France’s Yannick Agnel.
In his second finals, he collected another gold medal in the men’s 400 free relay. Lochte teamed up with Anthony Ervin, James Feigen and Matt Grevers as they took gold, out touching Italy in a time of 3:06.40. The two gold medals give him a record 16 in short course world championships.
Dwyer’s bronze medal in the 200 free gave the Gators two swimmers on the podium for that event. He finished third in a time of 1:43.78. Also bringing home a bronze medal was Jemma Lowe (Great Britain) for her home country of Great Britain. Lowe was leading the event at the 100 mark, and finished third in a time of 2:03.19.
Current Gator Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland) is competing to Iceland and participated in the women’s 50m breaststroke on the first day. She finished 17th in the prelims with a time of 31.17, one spot out of making the semi-finals.
Day two of the FINA World Short Course Championships will begin with prelims at 3 a.m. ET and finals take place at 12 p.m. ET. For the complete meet information, including TV schedule click here.