Gunnar Bentz made Georgia history as he earned a gold medal as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics on Tuesday.
Bentz became the first Georgia male swimmer ever to win an Olympic gold medal on Tuesday. Bentz is just the second male medalist in school history, joining Chase Kalisz, who claimed a silver in the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday.
Georgia swimming now boasts 11 gold medalists all-time at the Games. As a school, Georgia has 14 athletes with 23 gold medals in swimming, track and basketball.
Bentz, a rising junior for the Bulldogs, swam in the preliminaries Tuesday afternoon. And while he did not compete in the finals Tuesday evening, he earned the gold by virtue of that foursome’s effort.
Bentz swam the third leg of the relay, which also included Clark Smith, John Conger and Ryan Lochte, during prelims. The quintet touched in 7:04.75 for the second-fastest time in prelims, trailing only Great Britain’s 7:06.31.