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Trio the first in UF softball history to earn medals

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YOKOHAMA, Japan - More Gators joined in Olympic competition as Gators from the men's and women's swimming and diving programs competed along with more action from soccer and softball today.

Softball (USA)

Team USA secured silver medals after it fell, 2-0, to Japan in the gold medal game Tuesday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Michelle Moultrie, Aubree Munro and Kelsey Stewart all received starts and are the first Gators in program history to not only compete at the Olympics, but also the first to earn Olympic medals.

Japan jumped onto the scoreboard in the 4th inning with a bases loaded RBI single to second base and followed up with a second run in the fifth to extend their lead out to 2-0.

With runners on first and second, the Red, White & Blue were poised to rally in the 6th inning, but a wild deflection off the wrist of Japan's third baseman was reeled in by the shortstop and resulted in an inning-inning double play.

Men's & Women's Swimming

PRELIMS

Caeleb Dressel set the tone in the pool on day four of the Olympic games. Dressel swam his way into the 100 Free semifinals on Tuesday at 9:30p.m. ET, with a second-place finish in the final heat and overall with a time of 47.73.

Bobby Finke was the top Gator in the 800 Free as he went a blistering 7:42.72 setting a new American Record and personal best to finish third overall to qualify for the finals on Wednesday at 9:30p.m ET. Alfonso Mestre finished second in heat three and 15th overall with new personal best of 7:52.07.

In the 200 Breast, Amro Al-Wir placed 26th with a time of 2:12.67.

Soccer (Canada)

In the closing match of Group E play, Canada and Great Britain tied 1-all. Two Gators - Adriana Leon and Deanne Rose - both started the match, with Leon playing the entirety and scoring Canada's goal.

Leon gave Canada the lead in the 55th minute off the assist from Ashley Lawrence. It was Canada's only shot on goal of the match.

The match was tied in the 85th minute when Caroline Weir's 22-yard shot deflected off Canada's Nicelle Prince, scoring at the far post.

Canada will face Brazil to kick off Olympic quarterfinal play July 30 at 4 a.m. ET.