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Stanford, winners of most Rio medals, honors Olympians

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Stanford honored its Olympic athletes during halftime of its football game against Washington State on Saturday.

At the 2016 Olympics, athletes from Stanford claimed 27 medals, more than athletes from any other U.S. university.

Katie Ledecky led Stanford with five Olympic medals in Rio. She is expected to make her collegiate swimming debut on Friday.

Fellow Stanford swimmers Maya DiRado and Simone Manuel each claimed four Olympic medals in Rio.

The Olympians posed for a photo with former Stanford golfer Tiger Woods. Woods did not compete in Rio, where golf returned the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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American DiRado comes back, wins women’s 200 backstroke

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With reigning Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin failing to qualify for the final, it was guaranteed that there would be a new champion in the women’s 200 meter backstroke. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu entered the final as the favorite to win gold, which would have been her fourth of these Olympics, and at the final turn it appeared as if she would accomplish that.

WATCH: DiRado comes back to win gold in 200 backstroke

But American Maya DiRado chased down Hosszu, winning the race and her first Olympic gold medal in an individual event. DiRado finished in 2:05.99, with Hosszu taking silver with a time of 2:06.06.

WATCH: DiRado smiles, fights back tears on medal stand

DiRado has won two gold medals in Rio, with the other coming in the 4×200 free relay. Add in a silver in the 400 IM and a bronze in the 200 IM, and one has to wonder if DiRado is having second thoughts on the decision to retire at the end of these Olympics.

Taking the bronze was Canada’s Hilary Caldwell, who finished in 2:07.54.

WATCH LIVE: Phelps, Ledecky look to add to gold medal haul

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USA Swimming looks to add to its medal haul Friday night, as the finals in four different events will be held. Among the Americans competing for more medals are Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, with Phelps part of the field in the 100 butterfly. Phelps, who completed a run of four consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 200 IM on Thursday, is looking to do the same in an event that includes fellow American Tom Shields, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and top qualifier Joseph Schooling of Singapore.

WATCH LIVE: Swimming Ready Room — 8:50 p.m. Eastern

As for Ledecky, she’ll be competing in the 800 free, an event in which she currently holds the world record and is the prohibitive favorite to take gold. Leah Smith is also representing the U.S. in the 800 free, but anyone other than Ledecky winning would qualify as one of the biggest upsets of these Olympics.

Maya DiRado, who already has three medals in these Olympics, will swim in the 200 back, which is the first final of the night. She’ll look to win in a field headlined by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who already has three gold medals to her credit in Rio.

WATCH LIVE: Swimming finals (women’s 200 back, men’s 100 butterfly, women’s 800 free, men’s 50 free) — 9 p.m. Eastern

The last final of the night will be the men’s 50 freestyle, with Americans Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin making the cut. They’ve got their work cut out for them when it comes to winning gold however, as reigning Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France posted the fastest qualifying time of the semifinal round. There will also be semifinal heats in the women’s 50 free, a field that includes 100 free co-gold medalist Simone Manuel of the United States.