Day two of the 2012 Olympic Games in London is scheduled to feature more preliminary swimming heats as well as four event finals. Will the swimmers of Team USA be able to keep up the pace after athletes from the nation, including notables Ryan Lochte and Elizabeth Beisel, earned medals in each event final of day one?
One of Team USA's best medal bets is Dana Vollmer in the women's 100m butterfly. She posted the best time (56.36) during Saturday's semifinal heats and is the leading candidate to take the gold during the July 29 final, which will be broadcast online via NBCOlympics.com at 11:30 AM PT.
In the men's 100m breaststroke final, which is set for 12:11 AM PT, Team USA's medal hopes rest squarely on the shoulders of Brendan Hansen, who barely qualified for the finals by posting the eighth fastest time during the July 28 semis. Hansen is a former Olympian with the credentials to do wellÂ—he won the silver medal in the event at the 2004 Games in AthensÂ—but he'll have plenty of work to do to beat a fast field, which includes semifinal topper Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa.
The women's 400m freestyle heats will include Americans Chloe Sutton and Allison Schmitt. Both ladies posted solid qualifying times and could have medal chances. But in order to do so, they'll have to hold off challenges from a number of tough competitors, including France's Camille Muffat, Italy's Federica Pellegrini, and home country favorite Rebecca Adlington, during the 12:18 AM PT finals.
Finally, the men's 4x100 freestyle relay will close out day two's Olympic swimming schedule when it takes place at 1 PM PT. Team USA took the gold medal at the 2008 Games, and in doing so provided one of the most memorable moments from Beijing. But a speedy Australian squad is favored to win in 2012.
Watch day two Olympic swimming events via livestream at NBCOlympics.com, or wait for NBC's primetime coverage at 8 PM ET/PT.