Sunday August 4, 2013Elizabeth Beisel's Bronze Highlights the Final Day of the FINA World Championships
Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) continued her international success, capturing the bronze medal of the 400-meter individual medley during the final session at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Beisel, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2011 World Champion in the 400 IM, finished third with a blistering time of 4:31.69, which was .52 off of her career best time from London. Beisel excelled out of lane seven after qualifying sixth with a time of 4:35.17. Her performance represented the fourth consecutive major meet that Beisel has won at least one medal.
Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) has his eyes set on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, and showed the world that he is a legitimate threat after waiting all week to finally get into the water. The four-time All-American set the Scottish record in the 400 IM with a swim of 4:13.72, which placed him seventh overall. In his first World Championship, Wallace was pleased with his result.
Ryan Lochte swam on the US menís 4X100 free relay that was disqualified during the breaststroke leg. At the conclusion of the meet, Lochte ranked second all-time with 15 World Championship titles and 23 World Championship medals.
For the current and former Gators, the 2013 World Championships brought immense success. Lochte picked up gold medals in the 200 backstroke, 200 IM and the 4X200 freestyle relay and a silver medal in the 4X100 free relay. Conor Dwyer took home his first individual international medal with silver in the 200 free and also teamed with Lochte on the 4X200 free relay. Melani Costa-Schmid (Spain) gave the home crowd in Barcelona something to cheer about, earning Spainís second ever World Championship medal, a silver in the 400 free. Ď
In addition to Wallace, freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) earned their highest career international finishes in the 200 back and 50 breaststroke, respectively. Russell, an eighth place finisher in the 200 back at the 2012 Olympics, finished seventh in the 200 back and ninth in the 100 back. Luthersdottir competed in a pair of semi-final swims for the first time in her career and lowered her national records in the breast events.
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EVENING SESSION RESULTS
Womenís 400-meter individual medley (finals):
Elizabeth Beisel, 3rd, 4:31.69
Menís 400-meter individual medley (finals):
Dan Wallace, 7th, 4:13.72
Menís 4X100 medley relay (finals):
Ryan Lochte, DQíd
MORNING SESSION RESULTS
Womenís 400-meter individual medley (prelims):
Elizabeth Beisel, 6th, 4:35.17 (advances to finals)
Menís 400-meter individual medley (prelims):
Dan Wallace, 6th, 4:14.15 (advances to finals)