Swimmer Allison Schmitt, 26, from Canton started the medal count for the 6 Mi women in RIO with Silver in the 4×100 free relay on Saturday.
Schmitt and teammates Amanda Weir, Lia Neal and Kate Ledecky churned out a 3:33.84 in the morning prelims to put the U.S. safely in the evening finals. The U.S. reloaded after the prelims with only Ledecky swimming in the finals. Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil and Dana Vollmer joined Ledecky for the finals taking Silver in an American record 3:31.89.
All 7 swimmers in relays earn medals giving Schmitt a total of 7 (3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze) in 3 Olympic games.
Perhaps the most decorated swimmer ever from Michigan, “Schmitty” battled depression following a wildly successful Olympics in London where she took 5 medals: Gold in 200-meter free, 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medley relay; Silver in the 400 free and Bronze in the 4×100 free relay. She has 6 Olympic and 3 World Championship medals so far. The 2008 graduate of Canton High has a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Schmitt has been a visible and audible force since taking Silver, leading a large contingent of U.S. swimmers cheering their teammates on from the stands in every round.