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Gators mine gold for USA in Olympic swimming

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YOKOHAMA, Japan - Current Florida swimmer Bobby Finke and former Gator standout Caeleb Dressel captured gold medals Wednesday as Olympic compdetition continued in men's and women's swimming and diving.

Finke won the first-ever 800 Free Olympic Gold medal, setting a new American Record in the process. Finke went a blistering 7:41.47 to increase the Gator medal count in Tokyo to eight. Finke swam an incredible last 100 meters in 54.98.

In the 100 Free, Dressel set a new Olympic Record in the 100 Free final to win gold. Dressel went 47.02 leading from start to finish to earn his first individual Olympic gold medal to go along with two golds that he earned as a member of USA relay teams in 2016.

Finke is an eight-time All-American and 2021 All-SEC First Team selection who was NCAA champion this past season in the 400 IM and 1650-meter Free as a junior at Florida.

Dressel, who swam at Florida from 2015-18, is a seven-time World Champion and 10-time NCAA Champion who won a pair of gold medals as a member of Team USA's 4x100 Free Relay and 4x100 Medley Relay teams at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Dressel also is looking to garner more gold in these Olympic Games.

Dressel won the final preliminary heat of the 100 Fly later on Wednesday and finished first overall to earn a spot in the semifinals of that event on Thursday night at 9:30p.m. ET. Dressel touched at 50.39 to equal an Olympic record.