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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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U.S. swimmer Franklin misses out on 200 back final, DiRado qualifies

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After enjoying a great amount of success in London four years ago, these Olympics have not been as kind to American swimmer Missy Franklin. She did manage to get a gold medal as part of the 4×200 free relay time, but from an individual standpoint Franklin hasn’t been able to add to her medal haul.

That run of bad luck continued Thursday night, as she failed to qualify for the final of the 200 backstroke. Franklin’s time of 2:09.74 placed her 14th among the 16 semifinalists, well off the pace needed to advance to Friday’s final. And with that, Franklin’s Rio Olympics have come to an end.

That leaves Maya DiRado as the lone American in the final, with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu posting the best time of the semifinal heats by finishing in 2:06.03. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell posted the second-best time, finishing in 2:07.17.

DiRado finished her heat in 2:07.53, which ranks her third among the eight qualifiers for the final.

Americans DiRado, Margalis qualify for 200 IM final

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The eight spots for Tuesday’s women’s 200 meter individual medley final were determined Monday night, and two Americans will be part of the eight-swimmer field.

Maya DiRado, who won a silver medal in the 400 meter IM, finished third among qualifiers with a time of 2:08.91. She’ll be joined in the final by Melanie Margalis, whose time of 2:10.10 placed her fifth in the field. Posting the best qualifying time was Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who finished her semifinal heat with a time of 2:07.57.

Also reaching the final was Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who will be the second seed with a time of 2:08.13. Hosszu has already won two gold medals in these Olympics, in the 400 meter IM and the 100 meter backstroke. Hosszu established a new Olympic record in the first round of qualifying, with a time of 2:07.45.