Rob Schumacher, USA Today

IU swim: 6 medals, 4 gold

It was a great conclusion for Indiana swimmers in the Rio Olympics. A pair of gold medals were earned by two swimmers who also played a part in Olympic history.

Indiana swimmers finished the Rio Olympics with a bang as both Lilly King and Cody Miller earned gold swimming the breaststroke leg for Team USA in the 4x100 Medley Relay.

For King it was her second gold after she took home individual gold in the 100 meter breaststroke on Monday night.  Her relay was anchored by 100 meter freestyle gold medal winner Simone Manuel after Kathleen Baker led off with the backstroke. An outstanding butterfly leg from Dana Vollmer enabled Team USA to pass Russia for the lead and Manuel held on for the victory.

King's 1:05.70 split was not as fast as her Olympic record 1:04.93 individual performance on Monday as she was hampered by a slow start off the Baker backstroke finish.

The win was a milestone as it was the 1,000th gold medal won by the United States in its Summer Olympics history.

The USA won by nearly two seconds over second place Australia with Denmark earning the bronze. 

Watch the medal ceremony: NBC Sports 

More gold and history

Only about 15 minutes later IU alum Cody Miller also swam the breaststroke leg for Team USA in the men's 4x100 meter medley relay. Ryan Murphy set the tone with a world record breaking 51.84 in the opening split in the backstroke. Miller went 59.03, just above the American record 58.94 he swam on Sunday night. 

Michael Phelps, in what is expected to be his final Olympic swim, went by far the fastest butterfly split (50.33) to make things easy for anchor Nathan Adrian and Team USA set a new Olympic record time.  The gold for Phelps was his 23rd, well above any other Olympian.

Watch the medal ceremony: NBC Sports 

The two relay golds made four total for Indiana swimmers and six total medals. A recap of the medals won:

Lilly King: 2 gold (100 breast, 4x100 Medley Relay)  United States (Women)
Cody Miller: 1 gold (4x100 Medley Relay), 1 bronze (100 breast) United States (Men)
Blake Pieroni: 1 gold (4x100 Freestyle Relay) United States (Men)
Kennedy Goss: 1 bronze  (4x200 Freestyle Relay) Canada (Women)

Diving continues

IU junior Michael Hixon already has earned one silver for USA in diving and returns to the competition on Monday in the 3-meter springboard competition for men. James Connor will compete for Australia later this week in men's 10 meter platform and IU's Jessica Parratto could be a real medal threat in the women's 10 meter platform that begins on Wednesday.

The seven total medals thus far for the Indiana swimming and diving programs are the most since the school had athletes win 16 medals in 1972. Seven of those were by Mark Spitz.

Over all of its Olympic history, IU has now won 69 medals in swimming and diving: 39 gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze. Across all events, Indiana University has won 98 total medals.

Track and field participation by Hoosier athletes begins tonight with Derek Drouin competing for Canada in the men's  High Jump qualification. That event will conclude on Tuesday.

Here's a look at the remaining schedule of competition for IU athletes in Rio:

Sunday, August 14

Men's Track and Field

High Jump (Qualifications) - Derek Drouin (Canada) 7:30 pm

Monday, August 15

Men's Diving

3m springboard (prelims)- Michael Hixon (USA) 2:15 pm start

Men's Track and Field

Triple Jump (Qualfications) - Olu Olamigoke (Nigeria) 8:30 am

Tuesday, August 16

Men's Diving

3m springboard (semis and finals)- Michael Hixon (USA) Semis start at 9:00 am, finals at 5:00 pm

Men's Track and Field

Triple Jump (Finals) - Olu Olamigoke (Nigeria) 8:50 am

High Jump (Finals) - Derek Drouin (Canada) 7:30 pm

Women's Track and Field

Pole Vault (Qualifications) - Kelsie Ahbe (Canada) 8:45 am

Wednesday, August 17

Women's Diving

10m Platform (prelims)- Jessica Parratto (USA) 2:00 pm start

Thursday, August 18

Women's Diving

10m Platform (semis and finals)- Jessica Parratto (USA) Semis start at 9:00 am, finals at 3:00 pm

Friday, August 19

Men's Diving

10m Platform (prelims) - James Connor (Australia) 3:00 pm start

Women's Track and Field

Pole Vault (Finals) - Kelsie Ahbe (Canada) 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 20

Men's Diving

10m Platform (semis and finals) - James Connor (Australia) Semis start at 10 am, finals at 3:30 pm Top Stories