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It may only count as one, but former Florida Gators swimmers Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer doubled up in gold medals on Tuesday at the 2016 Rio Olympics, teaming up as part of the United States 4×200-meter freestyle relay squad that brought the house down in Brazil.
Dywer took the first leg and Lochte the third with the greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, anchoring the relay team. Dwyer got the Americans out to a lead after 200 meters with a 1:45.23 split, Lochte extended it by a full body length after 600 meters with a 1:46.03 split, and Phelps dominated the final leg to bring home the gold.
Lochte now has 12 Olympic medals with six golds; he passed Mark Spitz on Tuesday night and now sits second all-time to Phelps (25) for American male swimmers. Lochte’s 12 medals also match Dara Torres for most by a Florida Olympian.
Dwyer has locked up three including a bronze Tuesday night in the 200m freestyle, his first solo medal.
Not to be overlooked in Wednesday night’s race is Dan Wallace of second-place Great Britain, who swamp the third leg in 1:46.26 and brought home silver for his first career Olympic medal.
Florida now has two golds, one silver and one bronze through the first four days of the Rio Olympics. With more swimming to come, a strong U.S. volleyball team and plenty of former student-athletes competing in track & field, it could be a banner event for the Gators.
OnlyGators.com continues to offer full live coverage of the Rio Olympics in our tracker, which includes a daily schedule, medal count and full roster of Gators in the Olympics.