Georgia’s Allison Schmitt becomes Bulldogs’ first swimmer to win individual gold

Allison Schmitt, who is a rising senior at Georgia, shows off her gold medal after winning the 200-meter freestyle race in record time Tuesday in London. (AP photo by Daniel Ocha De Olza)

Allison Schmitt, who is a rising senior at Georgia, shows off her gold medal after winning the 200-meter freestyle race in record time Tuesday in London. (AP photo by Daniel Ocha De Olza)

Georgia’s Allison Schmitt on Tuesday became the school’s first  swimmer to win an individual gold medal.

The rising senior from Canton, Mich., dominated the field in the finals of the 200-meter freestyle race, trumping the No. 2 finisher by nearly two full seconds with a time of 1:53.61. That eclipsed the previous Olympic record of 1:54.82 and Schmitt’s own American record of 1:54.40 (set in Olympic trials this year).

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Schmitt told USA Swimming.  “I couldn’t be happier bringing home hardware to the USA, let alone a gold medal.”

Schmitt is a 15-time All-American, an eight-time NCAA champion and a five-time SEC champion at UGA. She was accompanied in London by Bulldogs swim coach Jack Bauerle.

“She just went out and did it,” Bauerle said in a UGA news release. “She took care of business immediately and it was never in doubt. She swam such a great race. She was absolutely outstanding. I am so happy for Allison, her family, Team USA and Georgia. She made us all so proud.”

Georgia has had four swimmers win gold medals but they all came in relays. Schmitt’s gold was her fourth Olympic medal — matching the school record held by Kara Joyce — and third of the London Games. She won a bronze in Beijing in 2008 and has already claimed a bronze and a silver in London.

“She told me she wanted a medal of every color,” Bauerle said. “She’s got them now.”

It’s likely Schmitt is not finished collecting records. Her final event is Wednesday when she swims a leg for the heavily-favored 4×200-meter freestyle relay team

Schmitt redshirted this past season so she could train in Baltimore with her personal coach Bob Bowman in a club that included Michael Phelps to prepare for the Olympics.

“She dedicated herself to this and it’s paid off for her,” Bauerle said. “We’ll definitely welcome her back with open arms. She’s a great team person.”

23 comments Add your comment

CJJScout

July 31st, 2012
5:31 pm

Love to see the Dawgs wearing Olympic bling!

Dawgpaddle

July 31st, 2012
5:42 pm

Now, if Team USA only had some help from UF!!!!!

Frank Lane

July 31st, 2012
6:23 pm

Swim Dawg

July 31st, 2012
8:28 pm

Congratulations Allison!! She gave up Athens and skipped the whole year to train for this Olympics. To break the Olympic record by 1.21 seconds is nearly a body length. That’s awesome!! I can’t wait to see her win another gold in the 4×200 Free Relay. You have made the Bulldog Nation and the USA proud!

UGA89

July 31st, 2012
9:32 pm

Dawgpaddle…as a fellow UGA fan I too dislike the Gators but the Olympics is not about college rivalries it’s about Team USA and representing America!! Ryan Lochte and the other UF athletes that are in London have trained almost their entire lives to be where they are. Of course they want to make their University proud but I think the most important thing to them is to see our flag raise and our national anthem being played. Ryan Lochte has already won 2 gold medals and a silver medal.
I, a UGA fan, am super proud of him. Go USA!!!

tenn.DAWG

July 31st, 2012
9:57 pm

Fandamntastic ! ! !

dawginduluth

July 31st, 2012
10:09 pm

Some of Richt’s slugs will learn something from this champion. Maybe Richt will.

rb

July 31st, 2012
11:15 pm

I bet those jean shorts slow lochte down.

Hank Hill

August 1st, 2012
12:13 am

Congratulations, Allison. You’re a Damn Good Dawg!

chilidawg

August 1st, 2012
12:14 am

rob

August 1st, 2012
6:34 am

rb:- Jorts – ha ha!

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August 1st, 2012
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juvenal

August 1st, 2012
8:51 am

way to go Ms. Schmitt-you deserve 155 posts by now(oops-that’s what the football camp has already)…

juvenal

August 1st, 2012
8:53 am

my bad-just 44-only4:1…

SwimDawgNC

August 1st, 2012
9:09 am

I’m so glad to finally see some coverage about Schmitt. She has worked incredibly hard and it has paid off. DGD!

dawggirl

August 1st, 2012
9:38 am

Congrats to Allison! Absolutely fantastic. I’m honored to call her a fellow Dawg.

DIT

August 1st, 2012
9:53 am

Awesome Job Allison. Dawg Nation is Proud!

Why do some of you come on here and drag negative comments about other schools in here? And you wonder why so many trolls will come on our blogs and talk the garbage they do. You invite it with the stupidity some of you bring to these blogs. There, I feel better. Go Dawgs!

Damn Good Dawg

August 1st, 2012
10:22 am

Allison your the Dawg! Woof! Woof! Woof!

UGA89

August 1st, 2012
1:34 pm

DIT… Ditto

Cara

August 1st, 2012
9:54 pm

I’m so happy for Schmitt that she now has a medal in every color, her hard work really did pay off! I know UGA really has a lot to be proud of, as does the USA! I can’t wait to see her race tonight in the 4×200m, I’m sure it will be another success. I also look forward to having something to talk about with my coworkers at Dish tomorrow. I never miss a swimming event because I watch them during my commute on my phone using the Dish Remote Access app. With this app I can watch both live and recorded shows and also set up DVR timers. It’s so convenient and saves me a ton of time.

Top Row Dawg

August 1st, 2012
10:34 pm

Wooo!!!!!!!!! Three Gold medals for UGA. Sweet.

GTpak

August 2nd, 2012
8:50 am

Congratulations to Ms. Schmitt!!! You were awesome and a great representative for both your country and school!!!

I don’t normally hand out kudos to dawgs, but this was well deserved!!

McDawg

August 2nd, 2012
1:47 pm

she didn’t win that-someone else did