Twelve-time Olympic medalist and UF class of 1990 alumna Dara Torres will emcee this year’s Gator Growl.
The show, which has a reputation for being the largest student-run pep rally in the world, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“Dara Torres is a superstar for this school and our country,” said Sean Lan, an 18-year-old biology freshman. “She’s going to make a great host for this year’s event.”
The Olympic swimmer most recently won three silver medals in Beijing as a 41-year-old, according to a press release. During her time as a telecommunication student at UF, Torres won nine SEC individual championships, three NCAA championships and 28 all-American honors.
Gator Growl publicity chairman Sean Quinn wrote in an email that he was not aware of any information regarding Torres’ compensation for emceeing the event.
“We think Dara’s a great fit for the event, because she embodies the Gator Nation,” Quinn said. “She not only represented the University of Florida admirably but also the United States admirably with her triumphs both inside and outside of the pool.”
The show will also feature country singer Josh Turner and comedian Tracy Morgan. Tickets for the event are $15 for students, $20 for UF faculty and staff and $25 for alumni and guests.