TOKYO – A pair of Stanford swimmers stepped off the podium with a piece of hardware, Saturday at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Current Cardinal swimmer Taylor Ruck earned a silver medal as part of Canada's 4x100m free relay team, while former Stanford national champion Simone Manuel anchored the United States to the bronze in the event.
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Ruck, who has taken a pair of Olympic redshirt seasons, did not swim in the final of the event, but she will earn a medal from Swimming Canada after she swam a leg in the prelims for Canada. This is Ruck's third Olympic medal, and her first silver – she earned a pair of bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 4x100m free relay and 4x200m free relay.
Manuel anchored the United States to the bronze medal with a 52.96 split – the United States finished second to Canada by .03 of a second, 3:32.78 to 3:32.81. This is the fifth medal of Manuel's Olympic career, and her first bronze.