Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:33 PM
Florida swimming coach Gregg Troy was surprised to learn the 2012 Olympics in London will start in 100 days.
“We've got a lot of different targets,” Troy said. “The Olympic Trials for the Americans and then we've got a few foreigners that are getting ready for the Olympics.
“But generally with 100 days left, there's not a whole lot of time to waste. So we're trying to be as efficient as we can and zeroing in.”
Troy is among close to 50 athletes and coaches with Florida ties preparing for the Summer Games.
He will serve as head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team after being an assistant for Team USA in the 1996 and 2008 Olympics.
“It's a tremendous honor,” Troy said. “It's certainly something that happens so infrequently it's not something you plan on. It does keep you busy, though. It makes this year, it's pretty much point to point on a constant basis ... it's a lot of fun but it's stressful at times.”
Several Olympic hopefuls are currently training with Troy in Gainesville at the O'Connell Center pool. The most notable is former Florida swimming standout Ryan Lochte, who burst onto the national scene by winning six medals (including three golds) for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
After a dominant 2011 season, Lochte is coming off winning just two bronze medals in late March at the Indianapolis Grand Prix meet.
Rival swimmer Michael Phelps dominated the meet with four gold medals. But neither Lochte or Troy were overly concerned with the performance. Lochte was in the midst of a hard cycle of training in the week leading up to the meet.
“I'm not sure we didn't get the results we wanted,” Troy said. “That's very similar to what we would get at any point to that point in training. Philosophically it's a matter of where you take it. Realistically, none of the competition matters until the trials and the Olympics, and even in the trials, second is first, of course, third is last. So from that perspective, the focus is a little bit more on where we are going.”
Since his breakout performance in Beijing, the 27-year-old Lochte has appeared in Gatorade television commercials and on countless magazine covers. Troy said Lochte is still learning the deal with the increased spotlight.
“We won't know for sure how we've handled it until it's all over,” Troy said. “But to this point, there have been times when we've handled it really well and times when it's been a distraction. I think he handled the fall tremendously well. We had a little bit of a hard time in January getting all of the pieces together, so in training him those little distractions become a little bit more of a problem. But overall I think it's been good. I think it just does add a different element and another dimension to the variables that are already there.”
The challenge for Troy now is to get Lochte and the rest of the swimmers training with him ready for the Olympic Trials, which will be held June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
Troy mentioned Elizabeth Beisel, (400 individual medley relay) and Teresa Crippen (200 and 400 butterfly) as other Florida swimmers who have a strong chance of qualifying for the U.S. team. Former Gator standout Dara Torres, who turned 45 last Sunday, is training in Coral Springs to qualify for her sixth Olympic Games.
Troy said that with 100 days left, the focus is on fine-tuning strokes to prepare for trials.
“We run a little bit of a cycle where we'll train pretty hard for about 12 to 15 days and then we'll take about seven (days) where we'll be a little bit more relaxed trying to clean up all the things that get sloppy from training,” Troy said. “We're getting to the last legs where it's about refining the little things, making sure we're getting race ready.”
A look at former and current UF athletes and coaches training and preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London:
Al Horford (Dominican Republic)
Joakim Noah (France)
Nick Calathes (Greece)
Azania Stewart (U.K.)
(U.S. Swimming Trials June 25-July 2. Omaha, Neb.)
Ryan Lochte (U.S.)
Conor Dwyer (U.S.)
Dara Torres (U.S.)
Caroline Burckle (U.S.)
Thomas Veale (U.S.)
Teresa Crippen (U.S.)
Elizabeth Beisel (U.S.)
Carlos Omana (U.S.)
Melani Costa‐Schmid (Spain)
Dan Wallace (U.K.)
Shaune Fraser (Cayman Islands)
Brett Fraser (Cayman Islands)
Jemma Lowe (U.K.)
Gemma Spofforth (U.K.)
Marco Loughran (U.K.)
Abby Wambach (U.S.)
Heather Mitts (U.S.)
Melanie Booth (Canada)
Track and Field
Will Claye (U.S.)
Kerron Clement (U.S.)
Jeff Demps (U.S.)
Kristin Heaston (U.S.)
Gray Horn (U.S.)
Mariam Kevkhishvili (Georgia)
Genevieve LaCaze (Australia)
Tony McQuay (U.S.)
Keely Medeiros (Brazil)
Kemal Mesic (Bosnia)
Moise Joseph (Haiti)
Ugonna Ndu (Nigeria)
Calvin Smith (U.S.)
Wes Stockbarger (U.S.)
Agata Strausa (Latvia)
Christian Taylor (U.S.)
Terrell Wilks (U.S.)
Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica)
Stipe Zunic (Croatia)
Mike Holloway (U.S. assistant coach)
Jane Collymore (U.S.)
Kevin Collington (U.S.)
(Great Britain Senior Championships – June 22),
(U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif.– June 28‐July 1)
Bridget Sloan (incoming freshman for fall 2012, U.S.)
Bridgette (aka Bridgey) Caquatto (incoming freshman for fall 2012, U.S.)
Mackenzie Caquatto (U.S.)
Marissa King (U.K.)
Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:20 AM
With the 2012 London Olympics just over a month away, ESPN has put together a huge feature on former Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte, who is one of the United States’ faces of the games and someone who will likely continue stacking gold medals at the event. Click here to read the extensive Ryan vs. Ryan feature Lochte’s one-on-one interview from Gainesville, FL and him working out at Florida and being fine tuned by Gatorade.
Posted 29 July 2012 - 02:11 PM
Sunday, July 29
MEN’S 4X100 METER FREESTYLE RELAY
Ryan Lochte (United States) – 2nd – 3:10.38 (+0.45) – Silver Medal
» The Americans had the lead until the final 50 meters when Lochte was passed.
MEN’S 200 METER FREESTYLE
Ryan Lochte (United States) – 5th – 1:46.31 (+0.70) – Advanced to finals
» Next competing: Monday, July 30 at 2:41 p.m. (see schedule to the right).
Brett Fraser (Cayman Islands) – 13th – 1:47.01 (+1.40) – Did not qualify for finals
» Fraser will also compete in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle.
Shaune Fraser (Cayman Islands) – 20th – 1:48.53 – Did not qualify for semifinals
» Fraser will also compete in the 100m freestyle.
Raul Martinez Colomer (Puerto Rico) – 35th – 1:54.23 – Did not qualify for semifinals
» Colomer is not competing in any additional events this Olympics.
WOMEN’S 100 METER BACKSTROKE
Gemma Spofforth (Great Britain) – 6th – 59.70 (+0.58) – Advanced to finals
» Next competing: Monday, July 30 at 2:49 p.m. (see schedule to the right).
Sinead Russell (Canada) – 13th – 1:00.57 (+1.45) – Did not qualify for finals
» Russell, an incoming freshman, will also compete in the 200m backstroke.
MEN’S 100 METER BACKSTROKE (Heats)
Omar Andres Pinzon (Colombia) – 33rd – 55.37 – Did not qualify for semifinals
» Pinzon will also compete in the 200m butterfly and 200m backstroke.
Bradley Ally (Barbados) – 40th – 56.27 – Did not qualify for semifinals
» Ally will also compete in the 200m individual medley.
WOMEN’S 400 METER FREESTYLE (Heats)
Melania Costa-Schmid (Spain) – 9th – 4:06.75 – Did not qualify for finals
» Costa-Schmid will also be competing in the 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay
Saturday, July 28
MEN’S 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Ryan Lochte (United States) – 1st – 4:05.18 – Gold Medal
» Fourth Olympic gold medal of Lochte’s career and first in the 400m IM.
Bradley Ally (Barbados) – 25th – 4:21.32 – Did not qualify for finals
» Ally will also compete in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
WOMEN’S 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Junior Elizabeth Beisel (United States) – 2nd – 4:31.27 (+2.84) – Silver Medal
» It took a world record time (4:28.43) beat Beisel, who won her first Olympic medal.
MEN’S 400 METER FREESTYLE
Conor Dwyer (United States) – 5th – 3:46.24 (+6.25) – Did not medal
» Dwyer will also compete in the 4x100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
* Peter Vanderkaay (United States), a Michigan graduate and member of the Gator Swim Club for the last two years, took Bronze in the event.
WOMEN’S 100 METER BUTTERFLY (Heats)
Sarah Bateman (Iceland) – 32nd – 59.87 – Did not qualify for semifinals
» Bateman will also compete in the 4x100m medley relay and 50m freestyle.
United States 3 – Colombia 0 (Group G – First Round)
Already up a goal thanks to winger Megan Rapinoe (33’), striker Abby Wambach extended the Americans’ lead to 2-0 at 74’ with a sliding strike that crossed over to the far side of the net and became her 140th goal in 184 international matches (she is 18 away from tying Mia Hamm for most all-time). Wambach, who now holds the USA women’s soccer record for goals in an Olympic career, nearly doubled up just minutes later but saw a strong left-footed strike clang off the crossbar; midfielder Carli Lloyd (77’) took care of that with her second goal of the Olympics to send the United States into the quarterfinals with six points via two victories. Defender Heather Mitts saw her first action of the Olympics as a starter for the Americans. USA will take on North Korea on Tuesday, July 31 in their final first-round match even though they have already won Group G and advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday, Aug. 3.
» Wambach: goal, five shots in 78 minutes | Mitts: 90 minutes
Friday, July 27
Most of the 33 Gators participated in the Opening Ceremonies though a few – notably those set to compete on Saturday – were forced to stay in the Olympic Village and rest up for their events. The swimmers Ryan Lochte (United States) and Sarah Bateman (Iceland) were two former Florida student-athletes who had their names mentioned on air by NBC‘s Bob Costas as their respective countries made the rounds.
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