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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Updated: August 7, 11:48 AM ET
Vollmer's record swim tops list

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Everybody into the pool!

Swimming events dominated the first few days of the Olympics, and plenty of stars were made. Even with familiar names like Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, no one captivated our panel quite like Dana Vollmer. The 24-year-old Cal star missed the 2008 Beijing Games after a series of injuries led to a subpar performance at the Olympic trials, but bounced back in a big way in 2012, setting a world record in the 100-meter butterfly.

Vollmer edged out French teen Yannick Agnel, who made waves by anchoring France's 4x100-meter individual medley relay team to a gold-medal upset of the U.S. Three other swimmers made this week's list, including Lochte, who took home a pair of medals in the first three days of action in London.

That's what our panel came up with, but should Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson have broken up the Olympic monopoly at the top? What about sudden home run machine Ike Davis? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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