LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Rebecca Soni receives her Kellogg's Box at the USOC on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)
The final tallies are in. As we anticipated from last night, the USC Trojans finished first in either individual medal count or event medal count, outdistancing their nearest California Olympic rivals in the final days of the 2012 Games.
But they performed even better than that. They ended up winning the entire collegiate Olympic Games, beating out Florida for top honors overall. Five Pac-12 schools ended up among the top ten schools overall.
Individual medal count
Event medal count (i.e. if multiple individuals win medals in the same event for a school, we only count it once)
The big movers on the final day of Pac-12 action came from the bottom of the order. The US men's basketball team had four Pac-12 members all contribute to Olympic gold in Kevin Love (who had a big role all tournament long including in the final), Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala and James Harden. Cal also won another pool medal in men's water polo thanks to Serbia finishing third and Aleksa Saponjic picking up a bronze, breaking the tie with arch-rival Stanford in terms of overall medals.
Meb Keflezghi came very close to landing UCLA their second track medal of these games in the men's marathon, but he came up just short in 4th place.
Stanford actually tied with USC in terms of overall gold medals awarded to athletes. However, many of their athletes were concentrated in team events like women's soccer, women's water polo and women's volleyball. So while they're right on their arch-rival's back in the final medal count, they fall significantly back in the event medal count, which goes solidly 1-2-3 USC-Cal-Stanford.
There are some of you who have talked about Allyson Felix being included despite not ever formally competing for USC. She was a student at USC but competed professionally, so she never competed for USC. But she did complete her degree with the Trojans, so she does provide solid definition to the term student-athlete makes sense.
Interestingly, USC's rise at the Olympic games couples with UCLA's worst performance in decades; despite individuals grabbing eight gold medals, all the Bruins that finished first in were team sports, dwindling their eventual event count and dropping them behind Washington and Arizona and the event count.
All eight of the Pac-12 schools that won medals also managed to win Olympic gold.
Note: Margaux Farrell of France (incoming USC graduate student from Indiana) was not originally included for winning a bronze in the women's 800 meter freestyle relay. She has been added in.