Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 21, 1996
Usually the dominant nation in relay swimming, the US team had suffered a rare defeat at the 1992 Barcelona Games and, to the shock of many, had missed out on the medals entirely at the most recent World Championships where Sweden had taken the title.
With a home crowd roaring them on in Atlanta, the Americans returned to form. Josh Davis put them a second ahead of the pack by the end of the first leg and, while Sweden and Australia came back to force a near three way tie at 400 metres, anchor leg swimmer Ryan Berube produced a fine swim to forge clear of a fading Swedish challenge. The Swedes held off a fast finishing German team to hold on to the silver medal.