Lefert, who won a gold medal on July 29 as a member of the French quartet that won the 400-meter freestyle relay, swam the third leg on July 31 in the distance relay, moving France from fourth to second place heading into the anchor leg.
“Gold and silver in the house for USC Athletics!” Lefert tweeted. “Thanks for the support. It’s amazing to be a Trojan.”
Also swimming in the race was Lefert’s 2011 Trojan teammate and current junior Dimitri Colupaev, who swam the third leg of the race for Germany. Colupaev, second in the 200-yard freestyle at the 2012 NCAA Championships, turned in a great relay split for Germany and moved his team from third to second halfway through the race. The Germans, however, ultimately finished fourth, passed by China over the final 200 meters
Lefert’s medal gives USC 267 overall Olympic medals, including 124 gold, 80 silver and 63 bronze.
Also in action on July 31 was Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. Hosszu, a five-time NCAA champion at USC in her third Olympics, had a tough double, swimming in the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly with the final of the 200-meter individual medley following some 30 minutes later. She finished ninth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.69, 0.32 out of the eighth and final spot that qualified for the final. She was fourth in the first semifinal heat, but five swimmers bested her time in the second heat.
In the 200-meter individual medley final, Hosszu finished eighth in 2:14.19. She was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley earlier in the meet.