US Olympic Swimming Team 2012: Latest Update on USA's Gold Medal Pursuits

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US Olympic Swimming Team 2012: Latest Update on USA's Gold Medal Pursuits
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The 2012 US Olympic swimming team is hoping to dominate the water this year in London.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, the United States men and women combined for over 30 medals in the pool.

As they look to improve upon their impressive performance from four years ago, here's an up-to-date look at the most recent swim results and upcoming events.

Men's Swimming

Ryan Lochte earned the gold medal over Michael Phelps and company in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday.

Phelps, who took the gold at this event in Beijing, surprisingly failed to medal and finished the event in fourth.

In the 400-meter freestyle, American Peter Vanderkaay edged his way onto the podium and brought home a bronze medal for Team USA. 

The US men's 4x100 freestyle relay came away with a disappointing silver medal after a blown lead by Ryan Lochte in the final leg of the race. The team consisted of Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Lochte. 

Heading into Monday, the men will have a few more opportunities to attain Olympic glory.

Nick Thoman and Matthew Grevers will represent the US in the finals of the men's 100-meter backstroke.

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Grevers had the best qualifying time for the event at 52.66 seconds.

In the men's 200-meter freestyle, Ryan Lochte will take the pool in hopes of earning his second gold medal of the 2012 Olympics.

He'll face stern competition from the likes of China's Yang Sun and Germany's Paul Biedermann, however.

Women's Swimming

The women's 4x100 freestyle team finished third behind Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday.

The team of Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt helped earn the bronze medal for 29-year-old Natalie Coughlin, who competed in the morning preliminaries.

With that bronze, Coughlin tied the record for most career medals by an American woman, now a perfect 12 for 12 lifetime at the Olympic Games.

In the 400-meter individual medley, Elizabeth Beisel joined China's gold-medalist Shiwen Ye and bronze-medalist Xuanxu Li on the podium with her second place finish.

Allison Schmitt also earned a silver medal in the women's 400-meter freestyle, just falling to Camille Muffat of France, who set a new Olympic record.

American Dana Vollmer set a record of her own on Sunday as she cruised to gold in the 100-meter butterfly.

Her 55.98 second performance breaks the previous world record by 0.08 seconds, which had been set back in 2009.

Like the men, the women will have the chance to add to their collection on Monday as well.

Rebecca Soni and Breeja Larson have both qualified for the 100-meter breaststroke finals and hope to reach the podium for the US.

In the women's 100-meter backstroke finals, 17-year-old Missy Franklin will make a run at her first-ever individual Olympic medal.

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