Elizabeth Beisel is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Elizabeth Beisel qualified for her second Olympics by winning the 400m IM and taking second in the 200m backstroke at the Olympic Trials. She said nerves almost got the best of her all week, but talking to her coaches (current coach Greg Troy and former coach Chuck Batchelor) and Florida teammate Ryan Lochte helped calm her down.

Elizabeth Beisel swam at the 2008 Olympics as a 15-year-old in Beijing, where she failed to win a medal (fourth in the 400m individual medley, fifth in the 200m backstroke). "It was a learning experience," Beisel said of swimming in Beijing. A year later as a 16-year-old, Beisel returned to the international stage at the 2009 World Championships in Rome ... and finished third in the 200m backstroke. Beisel and her then coach, Chuck Batchelor, said the atmosphere at the meet was more relaxed and Beisel was a lot more comfortable swimming.

Beisel topped her performance in Rome at the 2010 Pan-Pacific Championships, where she won the 200m backstroke and the 400m IM. And a year later at the Shanghai World Championships, Beisel finally got her world title — in the 400m IM. She won the 200m backstroke and 200m/400m IM at the 2011 U.S. Championships.

Beisel grew up in Saunderstown, R.I. and started swimming at age 5. Five years later she joined Bluefish Swim Club; Batchelor and his wife bought the club in 2005 and started working with Beisel. But in 2010, Beisel packed her things and moved to Gainesville, Fla. and enrolled at the University of Florida. She now trains under coach Gregg Troy, who happens to coach Ryan Lochte. Beisel balances going to class, college swimming and training for the Olympics. "It is important to perform well at the dual meets because we get a lot of racing experience from them," Beisel said in a 2011 story in the Alligator, "but the ultimate goal is to be the best you can at Olympic trials."

Coming into the 2008 Olympic Trials, Beisel said she and her coach were focused on making the team but that the goal was just to swim best times. That she did, taking nearly four seconds off in each event. Beisel said she had been dropping big amounts in the 400m IM, so she wasn't expecting another big one, calling it a "nice surprise."

Beisel qualified for the 2007 World Championships but was eliminated in the semifinals of the 200m back in Melbourne, in a time that was more than five seconds slower than her Trials swim. Beisel calls Australia her favorite international destination.

In a 2009 interview, Batchelor said Beisel may not be built like a swimmer, but she has molded her body into an efficient machine. And, just as importantly, Beisel has "an amazing feel for the water," said the coach. "She really holds water better than most, and [has] an incredible energy system," Batchelor said. "And, she hates to lose. It does not sit with her." At the Beijing Olympics, Beisel was the first Olympic swimmer from Rhode Island in 44 years.

Beisel is a talented violin player and skipped a 2008 trip to Europe with her high school orchestra to train. Her younger brother, Danny, is also a swimmer and plays the violin. Beisel's mother, Joan, swam for the University of Rhode Island and now works for American Airlines. Her father, Ted, is a construction superintendent. After swimming, Beisel would like to be a sports commentator.


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Age: 25 years old
Birthday: August 18, 1992
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 146 lbs.
Birthplace: Saunderstown, RI
Current Residence: Gainesville, FL

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