The Bay Area got at least two more medalists when two Cal swimmers medalled on Day Two of the London Olympics.
One was Dana Vollmer, who earned a gold in her signature event the 100 meter butterfly at a blistering world record pace. Vollmer set the first world record for the United States women's swimming team by netting a sub-56 second time, and should become one of the instant stars for the USA coming out of these Olympics for her performance. It's a sweet redemption for Vollmer after coming up short in 2004 when she was the favorite, and she has come back strong to become an Olympic champion.
The other was Nathan Adrian, who took a silver after leading off the United States in the men's 4 x 100 meter freestyle. Adrian started off great to put the United States ahead of the pack early, but the USA faded late and eventually conceded the gold to France in what was almost a role reversal of the now famous 2008 relay.
Another notable result was the exit of young upstart Ariel Hsing, who battled her way to the third round of action after scoring a pretty impressive upset in the second round on Ni Xia Lian. She fell in the third, but not after giving the third-ranked Li Xiaoxia a big fight. At 16 years old, her Olympic future is plenty bright.
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