WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 7, 2012
During the 2012 London Olympics, ninety-one semifinalists in the swimming competition were either current or former college student-athletes including Elizabeth Beisel and Ryan Lochte.
According to CollegeSwimming.com which scored the Olympic races as if it were the NCAA Championships and ranked each school based on their scores, the University of Florida ranked first in both the men’s and women’s categories.
The Gator men would have finished with 91 points edging Auburn with 82. Lochte and seven other current and former Gators advanced into the semifinals and four of them qualified for finals.
In the women’s competition, Florida scored 112 points ahead of California with 100. Beisel and six other swimmers made it to semifinals and five of them moved on to the finals in their events.
The Gator swimmers won 11 Olympic medals, tying them with Japan if Florida was a country in the medal table.
Men: 1. Florida 91, 2. Auburn 82, 3. Michigan 63, 4. California 51, 5. Arizona 43, 6. Texas, 25, 7. Northwestern, N.C. State, tie, 20, 9. Southern California 16, 10. Georgia Tech, UC-Davis, tie, 14, 12. Georgia 9, 13. Stanford, 4.
Women: 1. Florida 112, 2. California 100, 3. Southern California 75, 4. Georgia, Auburn, tie, 60, 6. Texas A&M 55, 7. UNLV 21, 8. Texas, 15, 9. Washington 14, 10. Nebraska, 13, 11. Western Kentucky 12, 12. Drury 7, 13. Arizona, Ohio State, tie, 6, 14. Minnesota 3.
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Teenager Missy Franklin made more than $200,000 in Olympic bonus money but it could be caught up in NCAA red tape. The 17-year-old high school senior is awaiting to hear from the NCAA just how much of it she can keep and still maintain her amateur status…Michael Phelps, who is reportedly worth $40 million, will make tens of millions more after his London performance. Phelps could also earn $300,000 in tax-free bonuses from the U.S. Olympic Committee and his eleven endorsers for his medal count alone…Ryan Lochte is lobbying for an invitation to ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee, 24, won the gold medal, finishing ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez who collapsed after crossing the finish line next to Brownlee who was also flat on his back. Too exhausted to get up, the pair reached out and shook hands while still lying on their backs. Brownlee’s 22-year-old brother took the bronze.
The course was a 0.9-mile swim, 26.7-mile bike and 6.2-mile run through Hyde Park.
Alistair, a two-time world champion, finished in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 25 seconds including a 29:07 run. Gomez finished 9 seconds back in 1:46:34 and Jonathan finished in 1:46:56. American Hunter Kemper, competing in his fourth Olympic Games, was 14th in 1:48:46.
“Being 36 years old, the leg speed isn’t quite there,” Kemper said. “Sure as heck wasn’t there today. I wish it was. I’m a lot better runner than that.”
U.S. teammate Manny Huerta of Miami was 51st in 1:53:39.
The Brownlee brothers have now shared seven podiums in major international races together, including three since 2011. “I was obviously very, very proud and happy, but my overriding emotion was to get over the line and be over and done with it,” Alistair said.
Russian Ilya Zakharov won the gold medal in the men’s 3-meter springboard final spoiling China’s bid to sweep all eight diving events in London.
With only 1.25 points separating Zakharov and China’s Qin Kai, Zakharov clinched the title on his final dive with 104.50 points on his forward 4 ½ somersault tuck.
“I’m so pleased that I have managed to take away at least one medal from China,” Zakharov said. “After the last dive when I came up to the surface and I heard the noise that’s when the happiness swept over me.”
American Troy Dumais, 32, the only U.S. male diver to compete in four Olympics, finished fifth with a personal best 498.35. Chris Colwill had a tough start, missing one dive and failing to score on another, failing to make finals and finishing 18th. Dumais plans on competing at nationals and world championships and retiring after that.
For the third time since 2000, the U.S. women’s team will play for the gold medal on Thursday after beating Australia, 11-9, in overtime on Tuesday. Maggie Steffens scored four goals including the winning goal in overtime. The U.S. will play Spain, 10-9 winners over Hungary. Neither the U.S. or Spain have ever won the gold medal in women’s water polo since the sport was added to the Summer Games in 2000.
Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won the gold medal in the duet competition and continued Russia’s domination in the sport. Spain’s Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes edged China’s Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou for the silver medal. They finished with 197.100 points to top a field of 11 teams. The pair train 10 hours a day in the pool or the gym. “We don’t want to reveal all of our secrets, but standing upside-down in the pool is no joke,” said Ishchenko. The U.S. duet of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva finished 11th. It was China’s first medal in duet.
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