LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Gold medalist Nathan Adrian of the United States celebrates with his medal on the podium during the medal cermony for the Men's 100m Freestyle on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Getting you up to the date on the last three days of Olympic action (our last medal count was here).
The Pac-12 now has six schools with Olympic medalists, and it's currently the dominance of the California Golden Bears in the pool that's leading the way for the conference through Week 1. Here are the medals that have been handed out the past few days.
- Gold, women's eight rowing: Erin Cafaro (Cal), Elle Logan (Stanford), Mary Whipple (Washington) led the United States boat to another victory, capping off four years of dominance in the event in international competition.
- Gold, women's 200 meter breaststroke: Rebecca Soni (USC) set a world record in the event in the semifinals, and she broke her own WR in the final as she cruised past the rest of the field.
- Gold, women's 4 x 100 meter swimming individual medley relay: Another routine win in the final over Australia thanks to the efforts of Rebecca Soni (USC) and Dana Vollmer (Cal). Vollmer had a particularly strong 100 fly split to put the United States well in front through the final leg, and Allison Schmitt took the USA home; Soni finished second in her 100 breast split. Rachel Bootsma (Cal, backstroke) and Jessica Hardy (Cal, freestyle) also received golds for swimming for the United States in the prelims.
- Gold, men's 4 x 100 meter swimming individual medley relay: After Michael Phelps helped put the United States just in front with the butterfly in his final ever competitive swimming race, it was Nathan Adrian (Cal) bringing it home for the USA and Phelps with a dominant split. Nick Thoman (Arizona) also earned the second gold for the USA with his prelim race in the event in the backstroke leg.
- Gold, tennis doubles: Twins Bob Bryan (Stanford) and (Stanford) both earned their first competitive gold medals with a victory in men's doubles tennis, defeating France’s Michael Llodra and Jo-Willifried Tsonga in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), on Saturday at Wimbledon.
- Silver, men's track and field 10,000 meters: Galen Rupp (Oregon) had an incredible finish for the United States, going second behind his training partner Mo Farah of Great Britain.
- Silver, women's track cycling team pursuit: Jennie Reed (Washington) helped get the United States second place in the event by finishing second to Great Britain.
- Bronze, men's swimming 1500 meters: Ous Mellouli (USC) provided the first ever Olympic medal for Tunisia of any sort at these Olympic games by finishing third to Sun Yang of China.
- Bronze, men's four rowing: Scott Gault (Washington) helped the USA land their first medal in the event in two decades.
If you're counting, that's eight swimming event medals for Cal (five gold, one silver, two bronze), and eleven individual overall (seven gold, one silver, three bronze). USC has fared alright at these games in the pool too, as all ten of their medals have come in swimming. Washington has worked their way into a tie for 2nd mainly in part due to their success in rowing events. There's still a long way to go with many team events to go.
The Pac-12 has the official tally of 9 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze, putting them sixth behind Japan. But why should we be modest? Here's the individual medal count.
With 17 individual golds, 9 individual silvers, and 11 individual bronzes, the Pac-12 could jump into third behind the United States and China. Of course, there will probably be some additional team variation that jumps all those other countries we hypothetically leapfrogged ahead of us, but this version sounds nicer.