The Florida Gators swimming and diving teams picked up a pair of elite former collegiate swimmers as assistants on Thursday.
Gemma Spofforth, a former UF All-American, and Michael Harden, a former D-III All-American, are the newest additions to the UF staff.
“It is outstanding that we have been able to add two extremely talented, smart and energetic young people to our staff,” Florida coach Gregg Troy said in an article published on collegeswimming.com. “Both will be tremendous additions to the program.”
Spofforth is a former Gators swimmer and British Olympian from Sussex, England. She was a 25-time All-American at Florida, won seven NCAA titles and a world championship. She owns four Southeastern Conference records and seven school records. Spofforth is the world record holder in the 100 back and finished fifth in the event at this past summer’s Olympic Games.
“Gemma was not only a tremendous world class athlete while here at Florida but she is also a class individual and has tremendous skills in counseling,” Troy said in the article. “She relates well to athletes and their goals.”
Harden is currently enrolled in a master’s program at Florida. He lettered in swimming, track and cross country at Olivet College. He holds school records in six events and is a former D-III All-American swimmer.
“Mike was an outstanding athlete being the DIII athlete of the year,” Troy said is the article. “He also has a tremendous interest in biomechanics and video work. His focus in these areas will be invaluable.”
The Gators are hosting the three-day Florida Invitational this weekend.