Aug 1, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Dana Vollmer (USA) swims in the women's 4x200 relay heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Day 8 saw Golden Bears wrapping up their swimming action, with several heavily favored to win gold. Find out how they did (and links to replay and highlights) after the jump. Click the image below to view all the athlete profiles our Olympic team put together.
Dana Vollmer is now a Golden Bear in more ways than one. Vollmer swam the butterfly leg of the women's 4 x 100 meter individual medley relay, and put together a dominant stretch of swimming to put the United States well in front going into the final leg, and they cruised to victory in a world record time of 3:52.05. Vollmer's 100 fly relay time of 55.48 seconds helped put the USA under world record pace, allowing Allison Schmitt to cruise all the way home.
This gives Vollmer three gold medals and two world records set at these games. Vollmer actually now has as many women's swimming gold medals from this games as Natalie Coughlin did from her entire Olympic career, and she went three for three in her races in doing so.
Some other cool facts about Vollmer's performance courtesy of CalBear81:
- Dana Vollmer is the first Cal Bear to win three Gold Medals at one Olympics since Matt Biondi won five Golds at Seoul in 1988.
- It’s only the third time a Bear has won three or more Golds at one Olympics. The other was Mary T. Meagher, who won three Golds in Los Angeles in 1984.
Nathan Adrian was just as good for the United States in his final swim, as they won yet another men's 4 x 100 meter individual medley relay. Japan actually gave the USA a good fight even up to the final swim of Michael Phelps's career, but the USA took control on Adrian's anchor leg, dominating with a 46.85 second split to cruise to gold. The USA finished with a 3:29.35 performance to win Olympic gold.
Adrian finishes with two golds and one silver medal, and joins Vollmer as the two most decorated Olympians from Cal at these games.
Jessica Hardy wasn't able to medal in her 50 meter freestyle final, finishing 7th, but she did win a gold for taking part in the 4 x 100 IM women's relay prelim run in the free. So did Rachel Bootsma, who will be coming into Cal as a freshman with Olympic gold.
Cal wraps up their time in the swimming pool with eight event medals, including five gold, one silver and two bronze. If you count them by individual medals awarded, the totals jump to seven golds, one silver and three bronze medals.
Other results from Saturday's action in London:
- Men's rowing four final: Will Dean and his Canada boat finished third in the B final with a time of 6:11.15.
- Women’s lightweight double sculls: Julie Nichols and her partner finished fifth in the B final, so 11th place overall.
- Men's basketball: Max Zhang and China were eliminated today by Brazil with one game left in pool action. Zhang scored two points in eight minutes.
- Men's water polo: Serbia beat the United States 11-6 in group play. Aleksa Saponjic gathered one steal in 2:15 minutes of action and John Mann logged 10:42 for the contest.
Replays of the action:
- Swimming finals: Swimming replays should be available on NBCOlympics.com soon.
- Rowing finals
- Men's basketball: China vs. Brazil
- Men's water polo: Serbia vs. United States
We'll have a more official medal count for the Pac-12 at the end of the weekend, but here are the results for Cal.
Event medals: Six gold, one silver, three bronze
Individual medals: Eight gold, one silver, four bronze