Elizabeth Beisel: Olympic Swimmer

June 29, 2008

Meet Elizabeth Beisel, an American swimmer who is on her way to the Beijing Olympics. See photos, video and a biography of Elizabeth below.

Elizabeth Beisel makes the news today as she and Katie Hoff will be swimming the 400 individual medley event at the Beijing Olympics this summer. Katie Hoff set a world record Sunday at the Olympic trials in the 400 IM with a time of 4:31.12. Elizabeth placed second with a time of 4:32.87.

As a biography, Elizabeth Beisel was born on August 18, 1992 in Saunderstown, Rhode Island. She is 15 years old. She attends North Kingstown High School and will graduate in 2010. She started swimming when she was 5 years old because “she loved the water”. She also enjoys ballet, soccer and basketball.

Beisel was the youngest member of the U.S. National Team when she competed in the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. At the U.S. Junior National Championships, she won four titles. At the Rhode Island high school championships, she set state records in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.38 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.71.

She spoke about the trials earlier this year:

“I definitely feel pressure,�? said Beisel. “Everybody I know is asking, ‘Are you going to be in the Olympics’? I’m going into the trials with the mindset [that] whatever happens, happens. I’m young. I figure I have at least two more Olympics after this year.�?

The pressure’s off…see you in Beijing Elizabeth!

Click below for more photos and video of Elizabeth Beisel.

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