Jimmy Feigen, a graduate of San Antonio's Churchill High School, won a silver medal Sunday as part of the U.S. Olympic swimming team.

Feigen, 22, competed in the preliminary heat that qualified the United States team in the Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay. Although Feigen was not one of the four U.S. swimmers in the pool for the final, he receives the same medal.

France defeated the United States in the final, getting revenge for a razor-thin defeat four years ago in Beijing.

The Americans built a commanding lead over the first three legs Sunday and never really had to worry about the defending world champions from Australia.

But French swimmer Yannick Agnel, playing the chaser role that Jason Lezak did for the Americans four years ago in this same event, sliced through the water and was right on Ryan Lochte's shoulder as they made the flip at the far end of the pool.

With about 25 meters to go, they were stroke for stroke. But Lochte, who had already competed in 1,200 meters of racing over the first two days, simply didn't have enough left to hold off Agnel, one of the sport's real rising stars.

Feigen had qualified to swim at the Olympics during the U.S. trials last month in Omaha, Neb.

At the time, Al Marks, who was Churchill's swim coach for 31 years, talked about Feigen's success.

I'm very happy for Jimmy, Marks said. It's been a longtime goal for him to make the Olympics, and he achieved his goal. I'm very excited for him and it's very, very satisfying to me and all the people who have helped make Churchill swimming so successful.

Feigen set high school national records in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events before going on to greater heights at Texas. A four-time Big 12 swimmer of the year, Feigen won the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the NCAA championships in March.

Read or Share this story: