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BARCELONA, Spain, August 4. AMERICAN universities are very proud of the results their swimmers are posting this week at the world championships, judging by the flood of emails I have received this week from sports information directors.
A few schools even let the media know that their swimmers were excited about a 30th place finish, because it was their swimmer’s first world championships. But the most emails came from the top schools that couldn’t resist bragging about the medals their athletes were wearing around their necks.
Counting the open water competition, the California Golden Bears won the meet with 20 medals. Missy Franklin’s six golds certainly helped the tally, but seven other Bears scored medals to give Cal a big victory.
Southern Cal and Florida emerged in a tie for second in the medal count, bringing back eight medals each. Georgia and Texas each scored seven medals in a tie for fourth.
Below, the medal tally by school:
Fred Bousquet: 50 fly (bronze)
George Bovell: 50 free (bronze)
Cesar Cielo: 50 fly (gold), 50 free (gold)
Micah Lawrence: 200 breast (bronze)
Nathan Adrian: 400 free relay (silver), 100 free (bronze)
Lauren Boyle: 400 free (bronze), 1500 free (bronze), 800 free (bronze)
Natalie Coughlin: 400 free relay (gold)
Anthony Ervin: 400 free relay (silver)
Missy Franklin: 400 free relay (gold), 100 back (gold), 200 free (gold), 800 free relay (gold), 200 back (gold), 400 medley relay (gold)
Jessica Hardy: 100 breast (bronze), 50 breast (bronze), 400 medley relay (gold)
Elizabeth Pelton: 400 free relay (gold), 400 medley relay (gold)
Dana Vollmer: 100 fly (bronze), 400 medley relay (gold)
Elizabeth Beisel: 400 IM (bronze)
Conor Dwyer: 400 free relay (silver), 200 free (silver), 800 free relay (gold)
Ryan Lochte: 400 free relay (silver), 200 IM (gold), 200 back (gold), 800 free relay (gold)
Chase Kalisz: 400 IM (silver)
Jordan Mattern: 800 free relay (gold)
Megan Romano: 400 free relay (gold), 400 medley relay (gold)
Shannon Vreeland: 400 free relay (gold), 800 free relay (gold), 400 medley relay (gold)
Tyler Clary: 200 back (bronze)
Charlie Houchin: 800 free relay (gold)
Connor Jaeger: 400 free (bronze)
David Plummer: 100 back (silver)
Matt Grevers: 100 back (gold), 50 back (silver)
Maya DiRado: 800 free relay (gold)
Eugene Godsoe: 50 fly (silver)
Ricky Berens: 400 free relay (silver), 800 free relay (gold)
Karlee Bispo: 800 free relay (gold)
Jimmy Feigen: 400 free relay (silver), 100 free silver (silver)
Michael Klueh: 800 free relay (gold)
Michael McBroom: 800 free (silver)
Breeja Larson: 400 medley relay (gold)
Haley Anderson: 5K (gold)
Chelsea Chenault: 800 free relay (gold)
Katinka Hosszu: 200 IM (gold), 200 fly (bronze), 400 IM (gold)
Ous Mellouli: 5K (gold)
Vlad Morozov: 400 free relay (bronze), 50 free (silver)
Matt McLean: 800 free relay (gold)
Claire Donahue: 400 medley relay (gold)
Eva Fabian: 25K (bronze)
No surprise here. The United States not only won the team trophy, but the team medal count, taking home more than twice the medals of the Australians. They also collected more than twice the gold medals of China and picked up more bronze medals than any other. The only column they couldn’t win was the silver medal tally, where they were second to the Aussies.
The top five:
USA, 29 medals: 13 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze
Australia, 13 medals: 3 gold, 10 silver, 0 bronze
China, 9 medals: 5 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze
France, 9 medals: 4 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze
Russia, 8 medals: 2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze
A well-oiled machine. This marked my first time at a world championships, and I can’t give enough praise to the organizing committee. First, the meet was run like clockwork, with every day except tonight ending as scheduled. The volunteers — hundreds of them! — were standing at every door making sure I didn’t go where I wasn’t allowed, guiding athletes through the arena and handing out pages of results to those of us who needed them. I’m sure it’s not an easy event to plan, but Barcelona made it look like they do this sort of thing every day. It doesn’t hurt that they hosted this competition in 2003 and the Olympics in 1992. I’m sure the world will be back to Barca very soon.