NCAA Medal Table: Cal Takes Individual Medal Lead After Day 6


California alums Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley won silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200 back to launch Cal to the top of the NCAA medal table with 5 total medals.

Stanford still outpaces Cal 3-0 in golds, but only has 4 total individual medals, even with Simone Manuel‘s stunning win in the 100 free. When you count relay medals, though, Stanford easily leads with 9 total, 8 of them gold. Cal has now jumped into a three-way tie for second with Georgia and Texas at 7 total medals apiece.

Georgia got another bronze from Jay Litherland in prelims of the 4×200 free relay, and Texas got three courtesy of Townley Haas, Jack Conger and Clark Smith in the same event.

Joining the medal table today is Texas A&M, with Bethany Galat taking silver in the women’s 200 breast.


Note: in compiling these numbers, we’re using the strict definition of “current swimmer or alumnus.” To count towards these numbers, an athlete must have competed for the college program in question. We’re not including commits, nor are we including swimmers who train out of a certain university without directly competing for that college’s NCAA program. So, for example, Bruno Fratus doesn’t count for Auburn (he’s trained there but never competed at the college level), Zane Grothe doesn’t count for Indiana (he trains there now, but swam for Auburn throughout college) and Michael Phelps wouldn’t count for Michigan (anyone remember that? A good illustration of why our definition leaves a lot less weird gray area). In addition, transfers will count for the program for which they are currently competing, or the program with which they finished their collegiate eligibility.

Note #2: We’re also counting total medals, not total event medals (as is typically done in medal counts). So instead of the men’s 4×100 free relay counting as one gold medal (like it would in a traditional medal table), we’re counting each individual swimmer’s college affiliations, if any. So Brazil’s male 4×100 free relay actually counts as two golds for Auburn: one for Cesar Cielo and another for Marcelo Chierighini. And while this could certainly be debated, we’re also counting prelims swimmers. So the U.S. women’s 4×100 free relay counts as three medals for Stanford (Katie LedeckySimone Manuel in the final and Lia Neal in prelims) and two for Louisville (Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford) along with one for Georgia (Olivia Smoliga in prelims).

All that said, think of these lists as a tally of total medals won by all members and alums of each NCAA program.


Total Gold Silver Bronze
Stanford 9 8 1
Georgia 7 4 3
California 7 2 3 2
Texas 7 2 1 4
Louisville 6 5 1
Auburn 5 1 2 2
Indiana 4 3 1
Florida 4 3 1
Northwestern 3 1 2
Arizona 2 1 1
Virginia 2 1 1
USC 2 1 1
Missouri 1 1
Wisconsin 1 1
Duke 1 1
Columbia 1 1
Texas A&M 1 1
Arizona State 1 1
Michigan 1 1


Total Gold Silver Bronze
California 5 3 2
Stanford 4 3 1
USC 2 1 1
Northwestern 2 2
Texas 2 1 1
Indiana 1 1
Georgia 1 1
Florida 1 1
Duke 1 1
Virginia 1 1
Arizona 1 1
Columbia 1 1
Texas A&M 1 1
Louisville 1 1


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