Links: Alyssa Anderson, UA swimmers have a busy day; OL Jack Baucus could be done

  • Some former Arizona Wildcats swimmers were in action yesterday and today, and as part of the women's 4X200-meter relay squad, recent UA grad Alyssa Anderson won a gold medal for swimming in the team's preliminary round. Anderson was part of the qualifying squad and swam a 1:57.33 third leg. Anderson, who was a 16-time All-American while in Tucson, also makes an appearance in this-here 'Call Me Maybe' parody put together by the USA Swim team. Anyway, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt took gold in the finals for the USA to help Anderson win her first Olympic medal.
  • There were also a couple of finals appearances that kept the UA swim squad on the international map. Twenty-four-year-old Clark Burckle reached the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke. Despite the wear of swimming the prelims and semis in a short period of time, Burckle put up a time of 2:09.25, good enough for sixth in what he called one of the fastest finals heats in history of the event.
  • Burckle reached the finals heat despite a mishap that involved a missing tag from his Speedo prior to the semifinal, writes David Woods of USA Today. In that race on Tuesday night, he hit his personal best time of 2:09.11 and also placed sixth overall. Read the story for more info, but apparently said missing tag is needed for officials to give the go-ahead for competition. In short, there are a lot of restrictions on suits. Just imagine it like the whole childhood myth that it's against federal law to remove the label on your couch; at least, I think that was a myth.
  • Former UA swimmers and South Africans Darian Townsend and Jean Basson helped their relay team to eighth place in the 4X200m freestyle relay final.
  • As of this morning, the Pac-12 Conference is tied for fourth place in the medal count, according to Pacific Takes. The league is tied with France. French authorities said they were surprised they were not losing (ha. ha.).
  • Some bad news out of football land: Ryan Finley reports that offensive lineman Jack Baucus might be done with football after he's struggled to recover from offseason surgery. That's unfortunate news for a guy who came to UA as a tight end almost on the heels of one Rob Gronkowski. While he probably wasn't expected to be a starter on the offensive line, it obviously hurts depth for a team that -- knock on wood -- has struggled with injury of late. That said, Finley doesn't have any other hurtful injury reports heading into the start of training camp.
  • Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com caught up with former UA football players Paul Vassallo and Gino Crump, both of whom are trying to make it with the Arizona Cardinals.
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