AUSTIN, Texas, October 20. WHEN the University of Florida travels to Texas this weekend, the Gators will be without the services of Ryan Lochte, a 2004 Olympian and five-time NCAA champion. While Florida squares off with the University of Texas and California in Friday and Saturday action, Lochte will remain in Gainesville.
As the Gators earned an opening-season victory over Virginia last week, Lochte suffered a mild jam to his shoulder. The shoulder woe kept Lochte out of a dual meet with South Carolina. According to Florida coach Gregg Troy, Lochte could compete this weekend. Call Lochte’s absence a precautionary measure. The standout won gold (800 free relay) and silver (200 individual medley) at the Athens Olympics and was a triple-event medalist at last summer’s World Championships in Montreal.
Although Lochte will miss this weekend’s meet, there will be plenty of firepower in the pool. Texas will be led by the talent of Garrett Weber-Gale and California boasts the sprinting skills of Michael Cavic. Florida will rely on the exploits of freshman Bradley Ally.