Alabama swimmer Rhyan White gains Olympic silver medal with U.S. medley relay team

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Alabama swimmer Rhyan White won a silver medal Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics when the U.S. placed second in the women's 4x100 medley relay.

Australia took gold, with the U.S. a little more than a second behind the winning team's Olympic record time of 3:51.6.  

White, who had just missed out on two earlier medal attempts, did not swim in the relay finals. She swam the backstroke leg of the race in qualifying to be eligible for a medal when the U.S. placed.

White placed fourth, one spot out of medaling, in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events.

Other athletes with UA ties also competed: Track and field Shelby McEwen placed 12th in the men's high jump for the U.S. Canadian gymnast Shallon Olsen placed seventh in the vault. Justin Thomas tied for 22nd in the golf competition with a 72-hole total of 10-under par 274. Teammate Xander Schauffele won gold.

"It was cooler than I ever thought it would be," Thomas said.

Portious Warren placed 11th in the women's shut put competing for Trinidad and Tobago.

Rhyan White (USA) dives into the pool in the women's 4x100m medley heats on Friday, July 30, 2021, during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan.