6/30: Gators at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Seventeen current and former Florida Gators track & field athletes are currently in Eugene, OR participating in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the opportunity to represent their country in the 2012 London Olympics. Simultaneously, 35 current and former Gators swimmers are in Omaha, NE working toward the exact same goal.

Below is an update on how each has performed through the ninth (track & field) and sixth (swimming) days of the events as well as a schedule for the remainder of the trials.

EVENT RESULTS – JUNE 30

Track & Field
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
Christian Taylor1st – 17.63m/57-10.25Qualified for Olympics
Will Claye2nd – 17.55m/57-7Qualified for Olympics
Junior Omar Craddock4th – 16.55m/54-3.75Did not qualify
» Taylor and Claye were the only two Americans to hit the Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying mark for the triple jump.

MEN’S 200 METER DASH (Semifinals)
Freshman Dedric Dukes9th – 20.70Eliminated

MEN’S 110 METER HURDLES (Semifinals)
Sophomore Eddie Lovett17th – 13.60Eliminated

Swimming
MEN’S 200 METER BACKSTROKE
Ryan Lochte1st – 1:54.54Qualified for Olympics
Rex Tullius6th – 1:59.16Did not qualify

MEN’S 200 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Ryan Lochte2nd – 1:54.93Qualified for Olympics
Conor Dwyer3rd – 1:58.92Did not qualify

MEN’S 50 METER FREESTYLE (Semifinals)
» Did not advance to semifinals: sophomore Bradley deBorde (Heat 10 – 22.76), Matthew Norton (Heat 3 – 23.30)

WOMEN’S 200 METER BACKSTROKE (Semifinals)
Sophomore Elizabeth Beisel2nd – 2:08.41Advanced to finals
Senior Teresa Crippen7th – 2:12.21Advanced to finals
» Next competing: Sunday, July 1 from 8-9 p.m. live on NBC
» Did not advance to semifinals: sophomore Trish Regan (Heat 18 – 2:19.73)

MEN’S 100 METER BUTTERFLY (Semifinals)
Ryan Lochte6th – 52.47Advanced to finals
» Next competing: Sunday, July 1 from 8-9 p.m. live on NBC
» Did not advance to semifinals: junior Cameron Martin (Heat 7 – 54.50)

WOMEN’S 800 METER FREESTYLE (Preliminaries)
» Did not advance to finals: junior Jamie Bohunicky (Heat 3 – 8:48.42), sophomore Alicia Mathieu (Heat 7 – 8:50.14)

QUALIFIED ATHLETES

Track & Field
Junior Tony McQuay – Men’s 400 Meter Dash
Will Claye – Men’s Long Jump, Men’s Triple Jump
Christian Taylor – Men’s Triple Jump

Swimming
Ryan Lochte – Men’s 400 Meter Individual Medley, Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle, Men’s 200 Meter Backstroke, Men’s 200 Meter Individual Medley
Conor Dwyer – Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle, Men’s 800 Meter Freestyle Relay
Sophomore Elizabeth Beisel – Women’s 400 Meter Individual Medley

Read about the Upcoming Events and Eliminated Athletes…after the break!
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6/26: Gators at 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Seventeen current and former Florida Gators track & field athletes are currently in Eugene, OR participating in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the opportunity to represent their country in the 2012 London Olympics. Simultaneously, 35 current and former Gators swimmers are in Omaha, NE working toward the exact same goal.

Below is an update on how each has performed through the fifth (track & field) and second (swimming) day of competition as well as a schedule for the remainder of the trials.

EVENT RESULTS – JUNE 26

Swimming
WOMEN’S 400 METER FREESTYLE
Sophomore Elizabeth Beisel5th – 4:07.29Did not qualify
» Did not qualify for finals: junior Jamie Bohunicky (Heat 9 – 4:15.70), junior Sharla Milne (Heat 2 – 4:19.70), sophomore Alicia Mathieu (Heat 5 – 4:19.66), freshman Molly Dubrasky (4:23.88)

WOMEN’S 100 METER BUTTERFLY
» Did not qualify for semifinals: sophomore Kaitlin Frehling (Heat 9 – 1:01.69), freshman Molly Dubrasky (Heat 6 – 1:02.25)

MEN’S 100 METER BREASTSTROKE
» Did not qualify for semifinals: freshman Ricky Munch (Heat 8 – 1:02.57), Conor Dwyer (Heat 9 – 1:04.03)
» Scratched: Ryan Lochte

MEN’S 200 METER FREESTYLE (Semifinals)
Ryan Lochte1st – 1:46.25Advanced to finals
» Next competing: Wednesday, June 27 from 8-9 p.m. live on NBC
Conor Dwyer3rd – 1:47.38Advanced to finals
» Next competing: Wednesday, June 27 from 8-9 p.m. live on NBC
» Did not qualify for semifinals: freshman Nicholas Caldwell (Heat 13 – 1:50.75), Rex Tullius (Heat 7 – 1:51.23), Alex Martin (Heat 2 – 1:52.41), sophomore Connor Signorin (Heat 9 – 1:52.95), freshman Colin Hamilton (Heat 3 – 1:53.53)

WOMEN’S 100 METER BREASTSTROKE (Semifinals)
» Did not qualify for semifinals: sophomore Julia Treible (1:14.16)

MEN’S 100 METER BACKSTROKE (Semifinals)
» Scratched before semifinals: Ryan Lochte (Heat 13 – 53.92) – 2nd in preliminaries
» Did not qualify for semifinals: freshman Matthew Curby (Heat 5 – 56.89)

WOMEN’S 100 METER BACKSTROKE (Semifinals)
» Did not qualify for semifinals: sophomore Alana Pazevic (Heat 13 – 1:04.21)

QUALIFIED ATHLETES

Track & Field
Junior Tony McQuay – Men’s 400 Meter Dash
Will Claye – Men’s Long Jump

Swimming
Ryan Lochte – Men’s 400 Meter Individual Medley
Conor Dwyer – Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle
Sophomore Elizabeth Beisel – Women’s 400 Meter Individual Medley

Read about the Upcoming Events and Eliminated Athletes…after the break!
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FOUR BITS: Nixon’s mom at Fort Hood, Lowe & Morgan honored, Nelson struggling, new commits

1 » Florida Gators student-athletes get plenty of respect but not much is ever written about their parents who, in some cases, are truly amazing people in their own right. Sure, some are ex-football or basketball stars, but there are others like right tackle redshirt junior Marcus Gilbert’s father Jeff who is a Secret Service agent for President Barack Obama. One of these such parents is freshman left tackle Xavier Nixon’s mother Fotini, a United States soldier in training to acquire the rank of E-9. After learning her son was earning his first start in the Orange and Blue, Fotini cried. But it was Xavier who had reason to be emotional just a few weeks prior when he heard about the shootings at Fort Hood, where his mother is stationed as she trains in the Sergeant Major Academy. “Thank God she was safe,” he said.

2 » Redshirt sophomore Rebecca Lowe was named South Regional Female Athlete of the Year while head coach Todd Morgan was named South Regional Women’s Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association on Wednesday. Lowe, a standout for the No. 5 Gators, won the 2009 NCAA South Region Championship and 2009 Southeastern Conference individual title this season, leading the third-ranked Florida team to their third regional title in the program’s history. She was also named the 2009 SEC Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year last week. She will try to continue her hot streak as the Gators compete in the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, IN.

News on Reggie Nelson, baseball, softball, swimming and diving after the jump…
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SIX BITS: Swimmer commits, five bits on Tebow

1 » Five-star high school swimmer Jon Nunez has committed to the Florida Gators for 2010. Nunez, considered one of the best young swimmers in the country, joins fellow five stars Kaitlin Frehling and Alicia Mathieu at Florida under coach Gregg Troy. “I chose the Gators for many reasons,” Nunez told Swimming World. “The overall environment and atmosphere of the school and team is great. The academics are the best, bar none. Last and certainly not least, the work ethic at Florida is one I feel will push me to be the best I can be.”

2 » Gators beat writer Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel spoke with Dr. Bayard Miller, neurologist for Shands at the University of Florida, who is one of at least five doctors assigned to quarterback Tim Tebow‘s concussion recovery. One statement Miller made that I found to be of interest is that, “Once someone is fully recovered, the risk is not significantly different whether they return in two weeks after the concussion or one month. The issue is anybody who has had a concussion has increased risk whether it’s 10 days after or six months after.” Check out the rest of Fowler’s article for more.

3 » Tebow is still leading the ScrippsNews Heisman Trophy poll, followed by four other quarterbacks: Texas’ Colt McCoy, Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen, Cincinnati’s Tony Pike and Houston’s Case Keenum.

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