Cal’s 11 Medals, 7 Gold, Top Collegiate Tables at Olympics

  12 Braden Keith | August 10th, 2012 | College, Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News

As if the two-time defending NCAA Champions from Cal (both men and women) needed any more accolades, but here’s one more: unofficially, they are Olympic collegiate champions.

The current and former student-athletes from Cal combined for 11 Olympic medals, including 7 golds, in the swimming portion of the Olympic Games. The 11 total ties with the Florida Gators, interestingly the winners of the last 4 women’s NCAA Championships in combination, but the 7 golds won by the Bears of Berkeley gives good justification for why their mascot is “Golden”.

The 7 includes a pair from Nathan Adrian, a trio from Dana Vollmer, and one each from Jessica Hardy and incoming freshman Rachel Bootsma.

The Bears, in fact, would rank 2nd on the overall medal table if they were treated as their own country: still behind the US, but ahead of China and Australia.

Keep in mind that we counted each actual medal received, so in many cases a relay victory would earn a team many medals. In total, 16 different college programs were represented on the podiums. That goes to show that there is still some parity in the sport.

By conference, the Pac-12 still remains supreme with 25 total medals (remember that Jason Lezak’s Gauchos are now a part of the Pac-12 in men’s swimming). The SEC didn’t have as many huge numbers at the top, but still turned out an impressive 23 medals.

For what it’s worth, Stanford has 5 members of the gold-medal winning women’s water polo team in their yearbooks. On a 13-woman roster, that’s pretty impressive.

It’s very plausible that we missed a medal or two, so please let us know in the comments if you see any ommissions.

NC State1203
Texas A&M1001
Western Kentucky1001
UC-Santa Barbara0101

*In cases where athletes had transferred, we gave both schools credit for their medals. Dana Vollmer transferred from Florida to Cal, and Conor Dwyer went from Iowa to Florida. Amanda Weir went to USC and Georgia.

In This Story


  1. WHOKNOWS says:

    It would be very interesting to see the break down of each LSC where the swimmers did their age group swimming. I don’t feel that enough credit is given to the age group coaches or senior coaches (high school years) that laid the framework of their swimming careers!

    • WHOKNOWS says:

      A little bit of research shows that 25 of the 59 LSC had swimmers who competed as age groupers in their LSC’s.

      4 CA Tyler Clary, Anthony Ervin, Jason Lezack, Jessica Hardy
      4 PC Scott Weltz, Alyssa Anderson, Haley Anderson, Natalie Coughlin
      3 GA Eric Shanteau, Kathleen Hersey, Amanda Weir (MN 10U)
      3 IL Conor Dwyer, Matt Grevers, Tyler McGill
      3 NC Ricky Berens, Charlie Houchin, Lauren Perdue
      3 NJ Connor Jaeger, Cullen Jones, Rebecca Soni
      3 PV Matt McLean, Katie Ledecky, Kate Ziegler
      2 AZ Breeja Larson (18 only), Caitlin Leverenz
      2 MA Andrew Gemmell, Brendan Hansen
      2 MI Peter Vanderkaay, Allison Schmitt
      2 NI Alex Meyer (AD 10U), Kara Lynn Joyce (MI 16-17)
      2 PN Nathan Adrian, Ariana Kukorz
      2 SE Davis Tarwater, Claire Donahue
      2 ST Jimmy Feigen, Micah Lawrence
      1 CO Missy Franklin
      1 FL Ryan Lochte (NI 10U)
      1 GU Cammile Adams
      1 KY Clark Burckle
      1 MD Michael Phelps
      1 MN Rachel Bootsma
      1 MR Lia Neal
      1 MV Shannon Vreeland
      1 NE Elizabeth Beisel
      1 NT Dana Vollmer
      1 OH Nick Thoman
      1 ??? Chloe Sutton (CA,SN,PV,SE,CO)

  2. Reid says:

    I would be interested in seeing the Olympics scored out like a US championship meet, like NCAAs. Take the 9-16 semifinalists (or prelim swimmers in events over 200) scored from 9-1, like the consoles, then the finals the same as NCAA. You could even throw diving in, though I’m not sure how you would score synchro.

  3. DR Truth says:

    Truth be told. NBAC = 10 medals 7 Gold by my count. Love him or hate the simple fact is that Bowman is THE BEST COACH in the world.

  4. SorawrityGurl says:

    Lets not forget that Trojan blood runs strong in Coach McKeever 😉 Fight On!

  5. AmericanSwimSchool says:

    Cal has a history of creating olympic champions so this is no surprise to me. Both coaches re great, but it helps that athletes want to go there too :)

  6. Shinji says:

    Dr truth by my count Trojan swim club had 18 medalists overall. Easy on the granting of titles

  7. cynthia curran says:

    Water polo doesn’t count because the other states rarely play outside of a handful of club teams or colleges. Now Texas the cheaper housing state is a bit of a disappointment. It has good coaches and its cheaper to stay whether you live in a dorm or not.

Leave a Reply

Name will be published. Email address will not. By commenting you agree to our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy.

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

The most common question asked about Braden Keith is "when does he sleep?" That's because Braden has, in two years in the game, become one of the most prolific writers in swimming at a level that has earned him the nickname "the machine" in some circles. He first got his feet …

Read More »