The U.S. Olympic swimming team concluded its participation at the London Games by winning both the men's and women's 4x100 meter medley relays.
Of the 32 events contested-16 each for men and women-America's best captured exactly half of them. The 16 Olympic swimming titles for the U.S. easily surpassed second-place China's tally of five.
Concerning the overall swimming medal count, the U.S. produced 30 medals, while Japan lagged far behind with 11 podium finishes in the runner-up spot.
The swimming portion of the Olympics was somewhat disappointing for Japan, though, as that nation's best failed to earn at least one gold for the first time since 2000.
Australia was another country that saw its swimmers fail to meet expectations, taking home 10 medals, but only one gold.
The U.S. men's relay team-comprising four members who all won medals in individual events-took the gold by almost two seconds over second-place Japan. The winning time for the U.S. was 3:29.35, with Japan clocking 3:31.26.
The other two swimmers for the U.S. were Matt Grevers leading off in the backstroke, and Nathan Adrian finishing the final leg in the freestyle.
The U.S. women's 4x100 meter medley relay squad also swam to gold by a nearly two-second margin. Their winning time was 3:52.05, while the silver medalists, Australia, touched the final wall at 3:54.02.
The U.S. team featured four members-Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, and Allison Schmitt-that all earned gold medals in individual events, setting the stage for not only the relay gold, but also establishing a new world-record time in the event.
Patrick Hattman covers the Olympics for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and looks forward to more drama and excitement from the second week of competition at the London Games.
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