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Friday July 26, 2013Gator Contingent One to Watch at the 2013 World Aquatic Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

Four current and four former Gator swimmers representing five different countries will contest for international titles at the 15th FINA World Championships held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 28 to Aug. 4. Universal Sports Network and NBC will air 70 hours of premier pool action during the course of the week.

 

“I think it is great to see that many people connected to the program competing at the highest level, especially a year after the Olympics,” head coach Gregg Troy, who also served as Team USA’s head coach at the 2012 Olympics, said. “We had a couple more swimmers that just missed qualifying. Overall, it was a good summer from that standpoint and in terms of people from our program gaining that type of exposure.”

 

Eleven-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte leads an American contingent that includes his Gator and Olympic teammates junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Conor Dwyer.

 

“We are hoping that all three can be medalists,” Troy said. “They are all Gators and they will race real tough. I hope that they come out on top of things and enjoy the experience. It is great to be a foreign country representing America.”

 

Freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) and Melani Costa-Schmid (Spain) will compete for their home countries. Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and Jemma Lowe round out the Gator group and will swim for Great Britain.

 

Lochte, a 24-time NCAA All-American and seven-time NCAA Champion for the Gators from 2002-2006, heads into the meet as one of the most experienced swimmers in the field. The 28-year old will swim in four individual events after qualifying at US Nationals with marks of 1:45.97 in the 200-meter freestyle, 1:55.16 in the 200 backstroke, 51.71 in the 100 butterfly and 1:55.44 in the 200 individual medley.

 

Lochte, a two-time FINA Swimmer of the Year and owner of over 70 medals in international swimming, will also compete on the United States’ 4X100 free relay. Lochte is the World record holder in the 200 IM after posting a swim of 1:54.00 at the 2011 World Championships. In the other three individual events that Lochte is participating in, the Floridian owns career lows of 1:44.44 in the 200 free, 1:52.96 in the 200 back and 51.65 in the 100 fly.

 

Based on seed times entering the World Championships, Lochte ranks first in the world in the 200 IM, third in the 200 back, sixth in the 200 free and sixth in the 100 fly.

 

Beisel, a two-time Olympic medalist and 14-time All-American, is competing in the 200 IM (2:12.11) and 400 IM (4:34.50) after finishing second in both events at US Nationals. The Gator junior earned her first career Olympic medal at the 2012 Games with a silver medal performance in the 400 IM with a career low time of 4:31.27, which was .15 seconds away from the current American record.

 

Beisel, the 2011 World Champion in the 400 IM, is a favorite to medal in the event. She is currently seeded fourth in a field that sees a one-second separation between the five fastest qualifiers.

 

Dwyer, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4X200 free relay, is enjoying one his fastest seasons after setting his personal bests in the 200 free (1:46.25) and 200 IM (1:57.74) in second place swims at US Nationals. Dwyer enters the meet seeded seventh in the 200 IM and eighth in the 200 free.

 

Russell, a 2012 Canadian Olympian, owns a pair of Canadian records in the 100 back (59.68) and 200 back (2:08.04). The freshman qualified for the meet with victories in the 50 back (28.27) and 100 back (59.98) and a second place swim in the 200 back (2:10.13) at the Canadian Championships. Russell, fresh off of seven NCAA All-America honors in her rookie campaign, ranks ninth in the world in the 100 back, 13th in the world in the 200 back and 14th in the world in the 50 back

 

Luthersdottir, a 2012 Icelander Olympian, qualified for the World Championships with national records in a trio of events. The junior claims qualifying times of 1:09.48 in the 100 breast, 2:27.11 in the 200 breast and 2:15.72 in the 200 IM.

 

Wallace, a four-time All-American, dropped his personal best in the 400 IM (4:15.22) with a silver medal finish at the British Championships to earn him a spot on the British World’s roster. The sophomore enters the meet with the 15th fastest 400 IM in the world this year.

 

Lowe, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian and three-time World Championship competitor, qualified for the 100 fly (58.02) and 200 fly (2:08.70) at the British Championships. Lowe owns career lows of 57.53 in the 100 fly and of 2:05.36 in the 200 fly. The former Gator enters the meet ranked eighth in the 100 fly and 12th in the 200 fly.

 

Costa-Schmid, a 2008 and 2012 Spanish Olympian, qualified for the meet with career lows in the 200 free (1:57.66) and 400 free (4:06.02) and will also swim in the 4X200 free relay. Costa-Schmid, representing the host country, is seeded eighth in the 400 free and 17th in the 200 free. 

 

Morning heats will begin at 10 a.m. (Central European Time) or 4 a.m. (ET). Semi-finals and finals will start at 6 p.m. (CET) or 12 p.m. (ET).

 

For updates and recaps of the Gators at the World Championships, please visit GatorZone.com or follow @GatorZoneSwimDv on Twitter. Full schedule of events, America and World records and online live video is linked below. The TV schedule is listed below.  

 

Schedule of Events

 

Link for World and American records

 

Link for live video

 

Universal Sports Network and NBC 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships Broadcast Schedule:

All times ET – Schedule subject to change

Day

TV Time (ET)

Event

Network

Sun., July 28

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sun., July 28

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

Mon., July 29

12-2 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Tue., July 30

12-2:30 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Wed., July 31

12-2 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Thurs., Aug. 1

12-2:30 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Fri., Aug. 2

12-2:30 p.m. LIVE

Swimming Finals

Universal Sports

Sat., Aug. 3

1-3 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sat., Aug. 3

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

Sun., Aug. 4

4-6 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sun., Aug. 4

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

 

 

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