Aug. 1, 2012
LONDON—Rising senior Lauren Perdue (Greenville, N.C.) earned a gold medal with the United States in the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay Wednesday (August 1) at the 2012 Olympic Games. Perdue led off the American prelim relay on Wednesday morning to earn the medal and is the second Cavalier to earn a medal in as many days after Matt McLean (’11) won gold with the U.S. men’s 4x200m free relay on Tuesday.
It is the first time that the Cavalier swim program has had two medals in the same Olympiad since 2000, when American Ed Moses won gold with the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 100m breaststroke.
“What an unbelievable night,” Perdue said. “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to a gold medal relay today.”
Perdue led off the prelim relay with a 1:58.07 and teammates Shannon Vreeland, Alyssa Anderson and Dana Vollmer finished the heat in 7:50.75, touching first two seconds faster than Italy (7:52.75).
In the finals, the relay team of Missy Franklin, Vollmer, Vreeland and Allison Schmitt broke the Olympic record in a time of 7:42.92, defeating Australia (7:44.41) and France (7:47.49).
“The relay tonight was phenomenal,” Perdue said. “It was so exciting being able to cheer them on tonight and sharing the ultimate prize, an Olympic gold medal, with all six women! Each one of us has worked incredibly hard for this moment and I could not be more proud of my USA teammates.”
Perdue becomes the first Virginia female swimmer to medal since Melanie Valerio won gold with the U.S. 4x100m free relay in 1996, and is only the third overall. American Wendy Weinberg earned bronze in the 800m free in 1976. Perdue also becomes only the fourth UVa swimmer to win gold, joining McLean, Moses and Valerio.
In other action, recent graduate David Karasek represented Switzerland and finished 28th in the men’s 200-meter individual medley in a time of 2:01.35. With the time, Karasek breaks his own Swiss national record in the event. Karasek's previous best time was 2:01.79.
Former Cavalier Katya Bachrouche (’11) will be in action Thursday in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.
Slumping Cavaliers Look to RegroupMen's Basketball2/19/17No. 14 Virginia (18-8, 8-6) will try to end a three-game losing streak Monday night when ACC rival Miami (18-8, 8-6) visit John Paul Jones Arena.Kwiatkowski Sets Standard On and Off CourtMen's Tennis2/16/17Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, one of top-ranked Virginia's best players, also has distinguished himself in the McIntire School of Commerce.Grueling Stretch Continues for 'HoosMen's Basketball2/16/17No. 14 Virginia, which lost Wednesday night to No. 12 Duke at JPJ, meets No. 10 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday night.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Wins Two Titles on Final Day of ACCs
Swimming & Diving | 2/16/2017
Senior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won her fourth-straight 1,650 free title and senior Kaitlyn...
Laura Simon Wins 100 Breaststroke Title Wednesday
Swimming & Diving | 2/15/2017
Senior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) won the 100 breaststroke title on Wednesday at the 2017 ACC...
Smith Wins 500 Free on Second Night of ACCs
Swimming & Diving | 2/14/2017
Senior Leah Smith won her fourth-straight title in the 500 free to lead the No. 8 Virginia women&...
Virginia Wins 800 Free Relay on First Night of ACCs
Swimming & Diving | 2/13/2017
The No. 8 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team won the 800 free relay on the first...
Virginia Opens Quest for 10th-Consecutive ACC Title Monday
Swimming & Diving | 2/11/2017
The No. 8 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team looks to claim a 10th-consecutive ACC...
Achieving Your Dreams: Leah Smith
Swimming & Diving | 2/5/2017
A question and answer session with Smith about her goals and dreams and what advice she would...
Virginia Falls to NC State in Regular Season Finale
Swimming & Diving | 01/28/2017
The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to NC State in the...
Virginia Closes Regular Season at NC State Saturday
Swimming & Diving | 01/27/2017
The nationally-ranked Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams close out ...
- Online Stores