Former Gators Lochte and Spofforth Fall Short on Day Four of Olympics
Former Florida Gators swimmers fell short of their summer Olympic dreams going into day four of the London games. Yesterday, Ryan Lochte faltered late in the final leg of the 4X100 relay, finishing second to France when Yannick Agnel swam a full second faster than Lochte. Today, Lochte did not even medal in the 200 meter freestyle. Lochte is the reigning world champion in that event, but, once again, Agnel ran away with the victory. Lochte finished fourth in the 200 free. More disappointment for Gator Nation carried over in the 100 meter backstroke final. Former Gator and British swimmer Gemma Spofforth finished third in her heat. Four years ago, Spofforth finished fourth and today she finished fifth, missing the medal stand again. However, after losing her mother in 2007, Spofforth offered some perspective and said that it has been all about the journey, not the destination. And another Gator in the pool, Elizabeth Beisel, took silver in the 400 individual medley over the weekend.
Going away from swimming to men's basketball, team USA started off their Olympic run with a 98 to 71 win over France. Team USA will take on Tunisia next on Tuesday. And the British women's basketball team played today, where former Gator Azania Stewart chipped in 4 points in 16 minutes, ultimately falling to Canada with the score of 73 to 65.
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