Michelle Williams Earns Bronze Medal in Rio
Aug. 7, 2016

Columbus, Ohio-- It had been 40 years since a Canadian foursome earned a medal in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay at the Olympics.

Thanks in part to the efforts of former Buckeye Michelle Williams, that streak is now over.

Canada's swimmers recorded a time of 3:32.89 in the event, good for a new national record and the bronze medal down in Rio.

Williams earns her first career medal after her performance in the qualifying heats, which helped cement her country's place in the finals. With her in the fold, Canada posted a time of 3:33.84 in the qualifying heats, the third-fastest time of any country.

Obviously a tremendously exciting start for Williams in these Olympic Games, but her trip is just getting started. Individually she will be competing in the 50 freestyle, with her heat set to begin around 11 AM on Friday, August 12. She qualified for the event with a time of 24.82, the 18th-fastest in the world at the time.

As a Buckeye, Williams made three NCAA Championships appearances and is still a school record holder as a member of the 400 medley relay team that swam a time of 3:33.55 at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.

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