Team USA swimming has continued its expected domination in the pool so far in London, much thanks to Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin.
Ryan Lochte leads all individual medal winners with five total medals to this point in the Olympics: two gold, two silver and one bronze.
Meanwhile, his friend, teammate and largest competitor, Michael Phelps, has claimed four medals—two gold and two silver—to become the No. 1 total medal-winner in Olympic history.
On the women's side, Allison Schmitt has matched Phelps with four medals of her own: two gold, one silver and once bronze.
Finally, 17-year-old Missy Franklin has already earned three medals in her first Olympic Games.
Franklin earned her first medal, a bronze, alongside Schmitt as a part of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team. Later the two teamed up to set an Olympic record in the 4x200-meter freestyle. For this race, they also teamed up with Dana Vollmer who added a gold of her own in the 100-meter butterfly.
However, the crowning moment thus far for Franklin's Olympic debut came in the 100-meter backstroke—arguably her best event.
If the 100-meter back isn't her strongest event, then the 200-meter back definitely is, which will be her final event on Friday. This should be an excellent chance for her to add another gold.
Franklin seems to have shaken her Olympic-debut nerves and if she swims her best, she could be setting a new Olympic or even world record in the 200-meter backstroke to close out her first Olympic performance.
Speaking of records, Allison Schmitt added another Olympic record to Team USA's swimming resume in London. Her second gold came when she broke the Olympic 200-meter freestyle record with a time of 1:53.61.
Schmitt is now finished for the 2012 Games after earning a medal in each of her four events, a feat neither of the top two American male swimmers could accomplish.
Lochte is also finished in London, as he will not be competing in the 4x100-meter medley relay. In his six events, Lochte claimed five medals.
Phelps, meanwhile, still has two events to go after medaling in four of his five events to this point.
The two teamed up to earn gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, but came up just short, earning silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, where France was able to exact revenge from a stunning come-from-behind American win in 2008.
However, the story hasn't been Lochte and Phelps, as much as it has been the story of Lochte vs. Phelps.
In the only event Phelps failed to medal—the 400-meter individual medley—he finished fourth while Lochte claimed gold 4.1 seconds earlier.
Then, Phelps was able to flip the script in the 200-meter individual medley and earn gold over Lochte's sliver.
Coming up, Phelps will try to turn his 200-meter butterfly silver medal into gold in the 100-meter fly. He's certainly the favorite going into it after finishing No. 1 in his heat and No. 1 overall in the semifinals.
Next, he'll finish up with the 4x100-meter medley relay.
Although Phelps has been a bit inconsistent so far this year, he is in great position to add two more medals—quite possibly two more golds—and overtake his rival at six overall.
Regardless, Team USA is collectively sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner atop the swimming medal table.
So far they have 23 total medals: 11 gold, seven silver and five bronze.
With more medals almost surely on the way from both the men and women, there is no doubt the American swimmers will continue their Olympic dominance.
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