CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A pair of former UVA swimmers will both be taking home gold medals from London, even though they did not swim in the championship heats.
Matt McLean and Lauren Perdue both swam in qualifying heats of the 4x200m freestyle relays. The American men won the gold on Tuesday, and the women did it on Wednesday, but the coaches did not use McLean or Perdue for the final swim. But because they swam in Olympic heats for that relay team, both will be taking home golds in their first trip to the Olympics.
McLean is a Sterling, VA native, and he became the first UVa swimmer to earn a gold medal since Ed Moses in 2000 with the American men's 4X100 medley relay.
Perdue was born in Charlottesville and attended J. H. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina. As a Cavalier swimmer, she won seventeen Atlantic Coast Conference championships, received eight All-American honors, and was named the ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Swimmer of the Championships in both 2010 and 2011.