July 28, 2012
LONDON, England -- Former University of Michigan men's swimmer Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06) earned the 65th medal in program history, taking bronze in the finals of the 400-meter freestyle Saturday (July 28) at the Serpentine in Hyde Park.
After taking second in his heat with a 3:45.80 in qualifying, the second-eldest of the U-M Vanderkaay legacy notched a 3:44.69 to earn the second bronze medal of his career behind Korea's Taehwan Park (3:42.06) and Sun Yang, who set an Olympic record with a 3:40.14.
The medal is the fourth in Vanderkaay's Olympic career, as he has two gold medals to his name in the 800-freestyle relays (2004, 2008) and a bronze in the 200-meter freestyle (2008). Medal number four gives him the most Olympic medals by a Michigan graduate in program history, passing former U-M standout Tom Dolan. In addition, Vanderkaay is the first former U-M swimmer to medal at three separate Olympic Games.
The U-M swimming contingent continues Sunday (July 29), as former volunteer assistant coach Michael Phelps, who placed fourth in the 400 individual medley today, will swim in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Qualification begins at 7:05 a.m., while finals are slated for 3:54 p.m.
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