It was a busy week of swimming at the Rio Olympic Games, with Team USA leading the way in many of the events. Now that competitions at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium have ended, let us take a look at just how dominant the Americans were in the pool.

The U.S. claimed 33 medals, more than the combined totals of the countries that came in second through fifth in the medal standings. The team had a finalist in all but one of the 26 individual events and won a medal in 29 of the 32 overall events.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, padded his career medal count with five golds and one silver.

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Phelps was victorious in the 200-meter butterfly, the 200-meter individual medley, as well as three relay events. He finished second in the 100-meter butterfly. Phelps, who has now earned 23 gold medals (28 overall) over the course of five Olympics, has been adamant about his retirement from swimming after the Rio Games.

While Phelps’ career has come to an end, Katie Ledecky’s is just beginning. The talented 19-year old took home five medals (four golds and one silver). She set two individual world records and became just the second woman ever to win the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle events at a single Olympics. Ledecky, who will join the Stanford University swim team in the fall, will be the face of U.S. swimming as it turns its attention to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Another major storyline in Rio was the emergence of Simone Manuel, who became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold when she came in first in the 100-meter freestyle. Manuel finished with two golds and two silvers.

Other Americans who earned individual gold medals include Ryan Murphy (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke), Maya DiRado (200-meter backstroke), Lily King (100-meter breaststroke), and Anthony Ervin (50-meter freestyle).

Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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Joe Frieden is a writer and content provider. A native South Floridian, he quickly developed an affinity for sports. He went on to attend Florida State University, where his passion was strengthened by the school's immense sports culture. Now back in South Florida, Joe loves to take advantage of the area's beautiful weather while keeping his finger on the pulse of the teams he grew up loving.

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