David López-Zubero

David López-Zubero

David Zubero
Personal information
Full name David López-Zubero Purcell
Nationality  Spain
Born (1959-02-11) February 11, 1959
Syracuse, New York
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, Butterfly
Club Club Náutico Metropole
College team University of Florida

David López-Zubero Purcell (born February 11, 1959), also known as David Zubero, is a former competition swimmer who represented Spain at three Summer Olympics and won an Olympic bronze medal in 1980. Zubero was born in the United States, swam in international competition for Spain, and holds dual Spanish-American citizenship.

David Zubero is the older brother of the 1992 Olympic champion in the 200-meter backstroke, Martin López-Zubero. Zubero served as an assistant coach under Ralph Crocker and Gary Butts for the Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the 1990s.

Zubero attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) competition from 1977 to 1981.[1] He competed in the championship finals of the 200-yard individual medley all four years.[1] Zubero swam on the Gators 800-yard freestyle relay team that set an American record and tied the NCAA record, while winning the national title in that event in 1979.[1] He also swam on another national championship 800-yard freestyle relay in 1981.[1] During his four years as a Gator swimmer, Zubero received fourteen All-American honors.[1]

Zubero graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in microbiology and cell science in 1983, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2002.[2][3]

Zubero represented Spain in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1976.[4] At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia, he place third in the 100-meter butterfly.[4] He also swam in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, tying for twelfth in the 100-meter butterfly and also swimming for the eleventh-place Spanish men's team in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.[4]

Zubero attended the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida for high school. He earned a master's degree in science education from Nova Southeastern University in Broward County, Florida.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e UF Swimming & Diving 2009–2010 Media Guide, Gator History & Records, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 88–90, 94, 97, 104–105, 108, 117 (2009). Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, 2002 Hall of Fame Inductees. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  3. ^ " Nine Former Gators Named to UF Hall of Fame," GatorZone.com (April 4, 2002). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, David López-Zubero. Retrieved July 21, 2011.

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