- Gemma Spofforth
- West Sussex, England (Portsmouth)
World Record Holder
Three-time British Record Holder
European Record Holder
2008 Olympian for Great Britain
Five-time NCAA champion
NCAA Record Holder
18-time All-American Selection
2009 SEC Female Swimmer of the Year
Eight-time All-SEC Selection
Four-Time SEC Champion
Four-time SEC Record Holder
Career Best Times
50 Free: 22.57s (2008 NCAA Championships)
100 Free: 51.86 (LSU, 1/12/08)
1000 Free: 10:12.33 (IRSC/FGCU, 1/31/2009)
100 Back: 50.46 (2009 SEC Championships)
200 Back: 1:48.34 (2009 SEC Championships)
100 Breast: 1:05.38 (LSU, 11/9/06)
100 Fly: 57.09p (2007 ConocoPhillips U.S. Short course Nationals)
200 IM: 1:54.73 (2009 NCAA Championships)
100 Back: 58.12 (2009 FINA World Championships)
200 Back: 2:06.66 (2009 FINA World Championships)
UF All-Time Rankings
50-yard free: Sixth (22.57)
100-yard back: First (50.46)
200-yard back: First (1:48.34)
200-yard IM: First (1:54.73)
200-yard free relay: First (1:28.15)
400-yard free relay: First (3:14.37)
200-yard medley relay: First (1:36.22)
400-yard medley relay: First (3:31.41)
100-meter back: First (58.12)
200-meter back: First (2:06.66)
Became a World Champion and World Record holder after winning the 100-meter backstroke at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, in summer 2009…Clocked a 58.12 in championship finals of the race, while also finishing 13th in the 50 back and fourth in the 200-meter back (2:06.66)…Already the British record-holder in the 100-meter back, Spofforth took the 50 and 200-meter back British records at the 2009 Scottish Nationals (Britain’s World Trials)…Broke a British Commonwealth and European record in her 100-yard back split (59.05) in the backstroke leg of the fourth-place 400-meter medley relay at the 2008 Summer Games … Recorded a career-best 59.38, finishing fourth in the 100-meter back at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and ninth overall in the 200 back, representing her native country, Great Britain … Became the first female Gator to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, doing so in the 100 and 200 back for her native country Great Britain … Finished 33rd in the 200 IM at the 2007 ConocoPhillips U.S. Short Course Nationals with a time of 2:03.75 … Also swam with the 400 MR team that finished ninth with a time of 3:44.60 … Finished sixth in the 100-meter back (1:01.81) at the 2007 ConocoPhillips U.S. Nationals … Placed 11th in the 200-meter back (2:14.46) … Finished 13th in the 200-meter back (2:21.53) and 19th in the 100-meter back (1:06.53) at the 2007 Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix in Ann Arbor, Mich. … Won gold at the 2005 British Championships in the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke … Also took home a silver in the 200-meter back with a personal-best time of 2:12.93 … Competed for England at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada … Won bronze in the 200-meter back at the 2004 European Championships … Earned two 2000 European Junior medals, including gold in the 50 free and bronze in the 100 back.
2008-09: A 2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, a CSCAA Division I Scholar All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 honoree for her work in the classroom…A candidate for the 2009 Honda Sports Award for swimming and diving…Broke open the UF and national record books by picking up her fourth and fifth NCAA titles in the 100 & 200-yard back events, defending her 2007 & 2008 titles…Was the first-place winner in part of two Gator sweeps in the 200 back at the 2009 SEC and NCAA championships with teammates Teresa Crippen and Stephanie Proud…Shattered an NCAA record in the 200-yard back (1:48.34) with her winning time at SECs and took the NCAA meet record at NCAAs…Became one of only four women in NCAA history to win the 200 back in three consecutive years…Only the second woman to swim under the 1:50.00 mark in the 200 back (joining U.S. Olympian Natalie Coughlin)…Picked up seven All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA meet for her individual performances in the 100 & 200 back, 200 IM and in the 200 & 400 medley relays and the 200 & 400 free relays…Set a Florida record in the 200-yard IM (1:54.73) at NCAAs…A four-time First Team All-SEC selection in 2009 after leading UF to its 17th SEC Championship crown…Named the 2009 SEC Female Swimmer of the Year…Improved the SEC record in both the 100 & 200 back events, while also contributing the the Gators’ 200 free and 200 medley relays that both set SEC records…Tied for the women’s high point award at SECs…Spearheading the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s inaugural Golden Gators Awards.
2007-08: 2008 Honda Sports Award Nominee … Selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Picked up the second and third national championships in her career, becoming just the second female swimmer in school history to win both the 100 (51.78) and 200 back (1:50.70) at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, setting a pool record in both events … Brought home seven All-American honors after also placing 13th in the 200 IM (1:57.94) and swimming as part of four relays … Also won both the 100 (51.57) and 200 (1:50.56) backstroke events at the SEC Championships, making her the second female swimmer in school history to win both titles at the SEC and NCAA Championships, setting new school and SEC records along the way ... Also finished third in the 200 IM, swimming the third fastest time in school history of 1:57.46 and was a member of the 200 MR relay team that set a new school and SEC record … Swam lead off for the 400 MR team that finished second and swam the second fastest time in school history (3:34.84) and with the 400 FR team that finished third and swam the third fastest time in school history (3:16.63) … Departed from the SEC championships with three SEC records (100, 200 back and 200 MR) … Earned three wins against Tennessee in the 100 (54.72) and 200 back (1:57.34) and in the 200 IM (2:02.78) … Won the 100-meter back against Auburn with a time of 1:03.26 … Picked up a win against Arkansas and IRCC in the 200 back (2:00.46) … Earned four wins on the season opening road swing at Virginia and Minnesota winning both the 100 and 200 back at both meets, picking up two provisional times in the 100 back.
2006-07: Earned the UF women’s first individual national title in 11 years and established school records in both the 100 (52.94) and 200 back (1:52.96) at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis … Brought four All-America honors home from the NCAA meet … She was the first Gator woman to win a national title in a backstroke event in 17 years with her first-place showing in the 200 back (1:52.96) … Lowered the school standard for the second time in as many days to take fourth in the 100 back (52.94) … Took second in the 200 back (1:55.29) and third in the 100 back (54.14), while also leading off the 400 MR squad the placed fourth (3:40.43) at the SEC Championships … Won the 200 back (2:04.59) versus Tennessee … Swept the backstroke events against Virginia, earning NCAA provisional standards in both the 100 (55.25) and the 200 (2:00.35) … Finished fourth in the 200 back against Georgia with an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 2:00.34.
A 2006 graduate of Portsmouth High School, where she was coached by Graham Wardell.
Born Gemma Spofforth on Nov. 17, 1987, in Shoreham by the Sea, England … Daughter of Mark and the late Lesley Spofforth … Has one brother, Peter (19) … Chose Florida because of the “amazing facilities and great atmosphere” … Also considered Ohio State and Kentucky in the decision-making process… Future goal is to swim in the 2012 Olympics … Majoring in Family, Youth and Community Sciences.