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Stanford Is the Olympics' Fourth-Best "Country"

Simone Manuel elevated Stanford women's swimming to a new height.

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Two days ago, Simone Manuel made history as the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event. Tonight, she won two more medals and extended Stanford's best Olympics ever in women's swimming.

Stanford has now earned 14 medals in women's swimming, surpassing the previous program record of 11 (set in 1992 in Barcelona). Stanford also tied its record of seven gold medals in women's swimming (set in 1996 in Atlanta).

Simone Manuel won a gold medal (the 1000th gold medal earned by Team USA) anchoring the 400 meter medley relay. She nearly won another gold medal just an hour earlier, as she was only 0.02 seconds off of the gold medal in the 50 meter freestyle; she took the silver in that event.

With four medals, Simone Manuel is now tied for second place for most medals from a Stanford athlete in a single Olympics. Prior to this year, only four Stanford athletes had ever reached that mark, but this year alone saw three more athletes get to four medals (Maya DiRado and Simone Manuel each got four, and Katie Ledecky set a program record with five).

Elle Logan also took a gold medal rowing the women's eight. This was Logan's third gold medal, which is the most golds ever earned by a US women's rower.

With gold medals in eight different events, Stanford is now the fourth-ranked "country" in the world. The only countries with more gold medals are: the US (24), China (13), and Great Britain (10).