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Canton’s Allison Schmitt put the U.S. women’s Gold-medal winning 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay 1/100th of a second off the lead with a fast first leg on the way to earning her 8th Olympic medal in her 3rd Games on Wednesday.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

It’s Schmitt’s second medal and 1st Gold in RIO. Schmitt earned Silver in the 4 x 100 free relay by putting the U.S. team into the finals with a solid swim in the heats.

Schmitt’s opening leg in Wednesday morning’s 4 x 200 qualifying heat gave the U.S. a nearly 1 ½ second led her teammates would carry to the finish. Schmitt was the only member of the U.S. team to swim both the heat and the final.

It took a massive anchor leg by Katie Ledecky in the final to make good on the virtual first-place tie Schmitt had staked out for the U.S. Schmitt’s 1:56.21 opening 200 meters was second on the U.S. team only the Ledecky’s closing 1:53.74.

Wednesday’s Gold gives Schmitt her 4th in three Olympics. She added her 3rd Silver earlier this week in the 4 x 100 free relay prelims and also has two bronze medals.

Click here to read ESPN Senior Writer Bonnie D. Ford’s coverage of Schmitt in Wednesday’s 4 x 200 final.

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 now has 8 Olympic and 3 World Championship medals. The 2008 graduate of Canton High has a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.

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.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

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.

Alaina Skellett, 17, led the Greater Flint Area YMCA girls’ team to 13th at the YMCA Long Course National Championships July 27-31 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis.SwimmingICON

Skellett racked up 46 of the Flint’s 105 total points with appearances in 3 individual ‘A’ finals and helped add another 22 points on the Falcons’ 8th-place 400-meter medley relay team.

The Rapids Area YMCA’s Felicity Buchmaier, 16, scored 26 points for the Rays in a pair of individual ‘A’ finals and swam on the 6th-place 400 medley team that added 26 more.

The Rapids Area girls finished 16th overall in the 49-team meet with 76 points. The Hickory Foundation YMCA girls from Hickory N.C. were 1st with 336 points.LOGO2016LongCourseSmall

Skellett’s 3rd in the 50 Back (29.78) was the top finish of all the Michigan girls at the meet. Skellett added 4ths in both the 200 back (2:16:75) and 100 Back (1:03.54).

Buchmaier was 5th in the 100 Fly (1:02.23) and 7th in the 100 back (1:05.05).

Flint’s Emma Curtis, 17, was the only other Michigan swimmer to reach the ‘A’ finals in an individual event, finishing 5th in the 100 fly in 1:02.23 to score 18 points for the Falcons.

Curtis swam the anchor leg on the Falcon’s 8th-place 400 medley relay team, teaming up with Skellett, Amanda Quitos, 17, and Natalie Gallamore, 17, to finish in 4:26.79.

Buchmaier teamed up with Riley Hoffmann, 16, Jessica Schellenboom, 14, and anchor Ashley Jeffreys, 15, to take 6th in the 400-medley relay in 4:25.76.

Flint’s Megan Elmquist, 13, contributed the 2nd fastest leg on the Falcon’s 17th-place 800 free relay, opening with a 2:21.77 to help the team of Makenna McCartney, 17, Gallamore and Curtis to an 8:51.38.

Canton’s Allison Schmitt came a slim 1/10th of a second short of a second spot on the US team for RIO in the 100-meter Freestyle finals in Omaha, Neb. Friday night at USA Swimming’s Olympic Team Trials.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

Sixth at 50 meters, Schmitt closed with a burst, but finished 5th, edged out of the final slot on the 400 Free Relay by Lia Neal.

Schmitt finished in 53.87, just under 6/10ths off the winning pace set by Abbey Weitzeil.

Schmitt has already secured an Olympic team spot on the 800 Free Relay.

Annie Lazor, of Beverly Hill, was 7th in the 200 Breaststroke final. Lazor was 4th at the halfway mark, but faded to finish in 2:27.48, just under 3 ½ seconds off the winning pace.

Ann Arbor’s Emily Brunemann finished 20th in the 800 Free prelims Friday morning in 8:44.88.

Michigan hopefuls Courtney Bartholomew of Holland and Gabby DeLoof from Grosse Point did not swim in Friday’s 200 Backstroke prelims.

Ali DeLoof and Catie DeLoof of Grosse Pointe are expected to swim for a spot in tonight’s 50 Free semis in this morning’s prelims.

Canton’s Allison Schmitt (100 Free) and Beverly Hills’ Annie Lazor (200 Breaststroke) will both be swimming for spots in Rio tonight at USA Swimming’s Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

Schmitt, already on the 800 Free Relay, has a shot to qualify for both the 100 Free and 400 Free Relay in tonight’s 100 Free final. She took the last spot in the finals with a 54.07, a slim ½ second behind top qualifier Abbey Weitzeil.

Schmitt, who won three Golds at the 2012 London Olympics, has now reached the finals in the 100, 200 and 400 Free in Omaha and has qualified for her 3rd straight Olympic Games.

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Courtney Bartholomew

Tonight’s 200-meter breaststroke final is Lazor’s final shot to make her first US Olympic team. The 7th fastest qualifier in Thursday’s semis (2.65 seconds off the pace set by Indiana University’s emerging star Lilly King), Lazor will need an epic swim tonight to earn a trip to Rio.

Holland’s Courtney Bartholomew, a senior at Virginia, is the 14th seed in this morning’s 200-meter Backstroke prelims and will be swimming for a spot in tonight’s semifinals.

U-M sophomore Gabby DeLoof, from Grosse Pointe, will be joining Bartholomew in the 200 Back prelims. DeLoof finished 33rd in the 100 Back prelims on Monday.

Ann Arbor’s Emily Brunemann, just back in the US after finishing 10th in the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup event in Baltonfured, Hungary, will be swimming for a spot in Saturday’s 800-meter Free final in this morning’s prelims.

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