Florida swimmer Elizabeth Beisel’s senior year surge continued last week, helping the Gators to a win over Missouri and a narrow defeat versus California en route to earning SEC Female Swimmer of the Week.
This is the eighth time in her career at Florida that Beisel has achieved the distinction, adding to an already decorated career that includes 14 All-American selections and 15 All-SEC selections.
Last week’s competition spanned three days, with Beisel registering five individual victories in five different events. Three victories came against Cal, but were not enough to vault the Gators past the Golden Bears, falling 238-210 despite Beisel’s efforts. The Gators defeated Missouri 181-109, aided by a pair of individual victories for the 2008 and 2012 Olympian.
The two day matchup versus Cal pitted Beisel against her United States Olympic teammate Missy Franklin, who medaled four times in London in 2012. Beisel defeated Franklin head to head in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.91, besting the 18 year old by over five seconds. Beisel swam to victory with strong performances in the 400 individual medley (IM), posting a time of 4:09.54, and the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:48.15.
The top ranked Gators fell to Cal, a squad bolstered by the aforementioned Franklin along with five Olympians and four NCAA champion swimmers.
Prior to the meet against Cal, Beisel tamed the Missouri Tigers in Columbia with a 9:43.79 in the 1000 freestyle and a 54.29 in the 100 backstroke, both good enough for first place in the respective events.
Three meets into the new swimming season, the North Kingstown, Rhode Island, native currently holds the best times in the nation in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM, while placing in the top three in the 200 backstroke, 1000 freestyle, 200 fly, and 200 IM.
The Gators step away from the pool this weekend, but return on November 1 for a dual meet against the Georgia Bulldogs.