Stop me if you've heard this one before: A Virginia Cavalier is now an Olympic gold medalist as Team USA Swimming takes gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay. It should. We basically ran the same story, for the boys, yesterday. But after Day 5 of the 2012 Olympic Games, Lauren Perdue can call herself an Olympic champion as the women's Team USA Swimming, led by Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt, won the gold medal on Wednesday night.
Perdue and McLean become the first Cavalier swimmers to combine for two gold medals in the same Olympiad, and she is just the fourth Cavalier swimmer ever -- one day behind McLean -- to bring home a gold.
The rising senior led off the relay team in the prelims with a time of 1:58.07.
So Virginia's medal count is now sitting at two gold medals, tied with South Africa for 14th in the world with 2 golds and nothing else. By total medal count, UVA and South Africa would be tied for 21st.
In other UVA Olympics news, former Wahoo David Karasek swam in the 200m individual medley, but finished seventh in his heat and was unable to advance to the semis.
A couple Hoos to watch for today: former Wahoo Katya Bachrouche will be competing for Lebanon in the 800m freestyle, while Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese take on Australia for USA Field hockey.
The University of Virginia is represented in London by 11 Olympians and two alternates. These athletes wear the colors of five different countries, including the United States (6), Switzerland, India, the Netherlands and Lebanon. Streaking the Lawn will keep you posted throughout the 2012 Olympic Games on how each of these past, present, and future UVA athletes perform.