NCAA Update: College Stars Play Key Roles, Earn 800 Free Relay Medals


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Swimming: August 6-13
  • Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
  • Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
  • SwimSwam previews 
  • Live Stream (NBC)

We’ll be checking occasionally over the course of the week to provide an update for how your favorite NCAA teams are fairing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

As this is designed to give a snapshot of how the top schools are represented in Rio, we’re using a pretty wide definition of who will count in our hypothetical medal tables.  Essentially we’ll consider anyone who will represent a particular school in 2016 as contributing to that school’s medal table.  So, we’re including swimmers who chose to sit out this past NCAA season and redshirt, those who chose to defer matriculation for a year and will start in this fall, and those who have just graduated.  Again, the intent is not to “assign credit” to a particular coach or program.  We’re well aware that NCAP’s Bruce Gemmell coaches Katie Ledecky, not Stanford coach Greg Meehan.  Rather, we’re trying to give a quick snapshot of major college programs by seeing how swimmers who have competed for them recently, or will be competing this fall, are faring on the swimming’s world’s biggest stage.

Since our last update a few days ago, two current and one future NCAA swimmers picked up individual gold medals: Indiana’s Lilly King won the 100 breast, Cal Golden Bear Ryan Murphy took the 100 back, and Ledecky, who will swim fall for Stanford this fall, won the 200 freestyle.  NCAA swimmers also played key roles in both prelims and finals of the USA’s gold medal men’s and women’s 4×200 free relay.

Gold Medalists

Silver Medalists

  • Chase Kalisz, Georgia, 400 IM
  • Katie Ledecky, Stanford, 4×100 Freestyle Relay
  • Simone Manuel, Stanford, 4×100 Freestyle Relay
  • Lia Neal, Stanford, 4×100 Freestyle Relay (Prelims)
  • Abbey Weitzeil, California, 4×100 Freestyle Relay
  • Kathleen Baker, California, 100 Back
  • Josh Prenot, California, 200 Breast

Bronze Medalists

  • Leah Smith, Virginia, 400 Freestyle
  • Chantal van Landeghem, Georgia, 4×100 Freestyle Relay
  • Brittany MacLean, Georiga, 4×200 Freestyle Relay
  • Kennedy Goss, Indiana, 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Prelims)

Other Finalists

  • Santo Condorelli, USC, 4×100 Freestyle Relay & 100 Free
  • Beryl Gastaldello, 4×100 Freestyle Relay
  • Jay Litherland, 400 IM
  • Brittany MacLean, Georgia, 400 Freestyle
  • Townley Haas, Texas, 200 Freestyle
  • Olivia Smoligia, Georgia, 100 Back
  • Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 100 Freestyle
  • Hali Flickinger, Georgia, 200 Fly
  • Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 200 IM

Medal Count by School

  • Stanford: 3/3/0 = 6 total
  • Texas: 3/0/0 = 3 total
  • Indiana: 2/0/1 = 3 total
  • California: 1/3/0 = 4 total
  • Georgia: 1/1/2 = 4 total
  • Virginia: 1/0/1 = 2 total
  • Florida: 1/0/0 = 1 total
  • NC State: 1/0/0 = 1 total
  • Wisconsin: 1/0/0 = 1 total

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4 years ago

But I thought Bobo said swimming in the American bathtubs limits long course potential for college swimmers??

Reply to  Savannah
4 years ago

He won’t ever bring that nonsense again after these Olympics . And i am sure he isn’t a swimmer Himself to begin with – which shows why he doesn’t know what College swimming level is , even in yards .

Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

I’m sure he’ll bring the nonsense again. He’s done it for other non-sensical topics.

4 years ago

Leah Smith swam in the finals of the 4×200 freestyle relay, not the prelims.

swim dawg
4 years ago

New generation! Especially when considering the older swimmers who will retire after these games. Great to watch as a fan!