Women’s swimming in Rio 2016 concludes with an exciting 4x100 Medley Relay race. USA won Gold as expected. Golden Bears were responsible for the 1st and 3rd leg for Team USA as Cal sophomore Kathleen Baker swam the leadoff backstroke and Cal alum Dana Vollmer swam the butterfly. Indiana sophomore Lilly King swam the breaststroke leg. Stanford redshirt junior Simone Manuel swam the anchor freestyle.
Kathleen Baker was right on her time leading off. Dana Vollmer had a strong swim to essentially clinch the U.S. win. The Americans post a time of 3:53.13.
Abbey Weitzeil swam the anchor freestyle leg for Team USA during Friday’s prelim. She will also get a Gold medal.
Australia won the Silver and Denmark took the Bronze. The Canadian finished 5th. A Canadian medal would have meant a medal for Cal junior Noemie Thomas.
Baker, 1st time Olympian, won her 2nd career medal after the Silver in 100 Back earlier this week. Dana Vollmer, 3rd time Olympian, won her 3rd Rio 2016 medal (Silver in 4x100 Free relay and Bronze in 100 Fly) and the 7th medal in her Olympic career. Abbey Weitzeil, 1st time Olympian and incoming Cal freshman, won her 2nd Rio 2016 medal as she has won a Silver for the 4x100 Free relay along side Vollmer.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay)
10 Golds, 4 Silvers, 4 Bronze
6 Golds, 3 Silvers, 4 Bronze
*Runge is not one of the 50 Calympians on the Cal Athletics list, so our Calympian medal count may differ from their