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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.

Whether you always side with the underdog or prefer an odds-on favorite, whether you’re impressed by athletic power or grace, whether you like a rising star or a gritty veteran, you’ll find someone to root for among the six Michigan women who’ll represent the U.S. in four sports at the Rio Olympics beginning Aug. 5.

Veteran rower Ellen Tomek, 32, from Flushing is an underdog in double sculls at her second Olympic games, while 21-year-old middleweight boxer Claressa Shields, of Flint, is an odds-on favorite to take home Gold again at her second games.

Tomek and fellow rowers Grace Luczak, 27, of Ann Arbor, and Grace Latz, 28, from Jackson are the very embodiment of power. Setter Alisha Glass, 28, of Leland, brings grace, finesse and success to the U.S. women’s volleyball team.

And swimmer Allison Schmidt, 26, from Canton, has, over the course of three Olympics, experienced every emotion the games can offer: A wide-eye rookie in Beijing, Schmitt had just an outside chance to make the team for RIO despite winning 5 medals, including 3 Golds, in London.

Ellen Tomek

Ellen Tomek

After finishing 5th in the double sculls in Beijing, Tomek missed the London Games. The Luke M. Powers High grad began rowing in 2002 while earning a degree in Economics at the University of Michigan. She pulled stroke oar for the U.S.’s double scull silver medalist boat at the 2015 World Rowing Cup II in Varese, Italy.

Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields

Shields is unstoppable. Although just 17 in London, she was far from a fresh-faced kid. Shields overcame a childhood barely worthy of the name with an unbreakable will and ferocity that has produced a fighter who’s lost just once in 69 fights. “T-Rex” is the first member of her family to earn a high school diploma, graduating from Flint Northwestern.

 

Latz and Luczak were both in the U.S. women’s four that won the 2015 World Championship in Aiguebelette, France.

Latz has moved to the quadruple sculls for her first Olympics and Luczak is in the women’s pairs for her first Games.

Grace Latz

Grace Latz

Grace Luczak

Grace Luczak

Latz, a 2006 graduate of Jackson Northwest High with a degree in international and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin, won a Gold and Bronze at the World Championships.

Luczak brings three World Championship Golds with her to RIO. A 2007 graduate from Ann Arbor Pioneer, Luczak earned a degree in human biology from Stanford.

Alisha Glass

Alisha Glass

The best setter on the best team at the 2014 FIVB World Championships in Italy, Glass earned her way back onto theU.S. team for RIO as the Best Setter of 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The Leland High grad studied Kinesiology at Penn State.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

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.

 

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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