Aug 1, 2012; London, United Kingdom; General view during the women's 4x200 relay heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic Swimming: Team USA Adds 2 More Gold Medals On Day 5

Team USA continued its impressive showing in the pool at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a pair of gold medals on Wednesday, including a dramatic victory in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

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Nathan Adrian Takes Gold In 100m Freestyle At 2012 Olympics

Nathan Adrian isn't the name most associate with Team USA when it comes to men's swimming, but the 23-year-old took a step closer to Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte on Wednesday at the 2012 London Olympics by winning the gold medal in the exciting 100 meter freestyle final.

The Washington native and Cal-Berkeley graduate -- he majored in public health and graduated with honors, for what that's worth -- ended the 100 meter race with a time of 47.52 seconds, coming back to finish just one one-hundredth of a second faster than Australia's James Magnussen.

Adrian's gold medal on Wednesday was the first of his individual swimming career (he was a part of 4x100 freestyle gold medal team in 2008 at Beijing) and he looked the part following his victory ... at least until he figured out what he'd just accomplished, anyway.

"I don't like to put pressure on myself so I don't like to think about it as the Olympics, so you could probably tell on my face, 'Oh, sweet, I won the heat!' " Adrian told USA Today. "It took a minute and I was like, 'This is the Olympics.' It was a moment of disbelief."

The American's close margin of victory also likely left Magnussen in a bit of disbelief, as USA Today has documented a bit of a rivalry between he and Adrian.

The victory tasted sweeter because not only had Magnussen won the event at the 2011 world championships (Adrian finished sixth), but the 21-year-old Aussie had promised that he'd win gold in the 100 free at these Olympics.

"There's a lot to be said, but until you actually get into the water and do it, it all doesn't mean anything," Adrian said.

Adrian will attempt to follow up Wednesday's big win this weekend, starting with the men's 4x100 medley relay heats on Friday.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic swimming, follow the 2012 Olympic swimming section.

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2012 Olympic Women's 800m Freestyle Relay: USA Captures Gold

Team USA has been quite impressive in the pool at the 2012 London Olympics thus far. It continued on Wednesday too, as the women were able to pick up yet another gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle relay finale.

Anchored by Allison Schmitt, America's young Olympians raced their way to an Olympic record -- and Team USA's 18th swimming medal thus far this summer -- with a time of 7:42.92. Australia actually led by over half of a second prior to Schmitt's entrance, but her astounding time of 1:54.09 was just too much for anyone else in the pool to keep up with.

"It was neck-and-neck the whole race," Schmitt said after the race. "I just wanted to bring up the energy and bring home the gold tonight in the relay."

While that quote talks about Schmitt bringing the energy, it's been fun thus far to see how relaxed the young American swimmers have been thus far in the summer games.

The relay swimmers danced on deck to a Rihanna song before the session, then took that relaxed demeanor into the race. When the Americans fell behind, they didn't panic.

"I had confidence in them," Schmitt said, "and I just wanted to bring it home for them."

It was Schmitt's second gold medal of the summer and fourth overall after also picking up a silver and a bronze in earlier events. Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer also picked up their second medals of the summer, while Shannon Vreeland picked up her first.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic swimming, follow the 2012 Olympic swimming section.

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Men's 200m Breaststroke Final: Daniel Gyurta Wins Gold Medal, Breaks World Record

Daniel Gyurta set a world record while winning a gold medal in the men's 200m breaststroke.

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