DiRado helps U.S. relay team win gold

PRESS DEMOCRAT STAFF

Maya DiRado played a key role Thursday in vaulting the U.S. 200-meter freestyle relay team to a gold medal.

DiRado, a graduate of Maria Carrillo and a member of the Stanford swim team, joined Chelsea Chenault, Karless Bispo and Jordan Mattern to form the U.S. relay team for the semifinal race. They combined to qualify with the third-fastest time, setting the stage for the Americans to put their swimming stars in the pool for the final race later Wednesday.

The final 200 free relay team of Katie Ledecky, Shannon Vreeland, Karlee Bispoo and Missy Franklin captured the gold with Franklin zipping past Australia’s Alicia Coutts on the final leg of the race.

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