Born Aug. 18, 1992 Elizabeth Beisel is originally from the small state of Rhode Island. She was born to father, Ted and mother, Joan Beisel, who also was a swimmer at the University of Rhode Island. Beisel is an IM and backstroke specialist, but she’s extremely versatile with the ability to swim really anything, including distance free, butterfly and breaststroke.
With her unique personality, Beisel has made headlines thanks to her hearty laugh and humor. She uses that humor to lighten up any situation, and especially to keep her mind light and enjoying the moment before a big race. Beisel one day hopes to work in front of the camera, with her dream career being a sports reporter at ESPN. She grew up with a dream of being an anchor on the Today Show, but would be happy working at a local news station.
Out of high school Beisel was one of the nation’s top recruits. She committed to the University of Florida, where she studied communications. As a freshman Beisel made an immediate impact — she was named the SEC Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year after winning both the 200-yard backstroke and the 400-yard IM.
When she returned to the collegiate scene for her sophomore season, she was ready to once again take on the NCAA. She picked up three more SEC individual titles in the 200 and 400 IM in addition to the 200 backstroke. In 2012 she won the NCAA Championship in the 200 backstroke, and snuck into the top eight of the 200 and 400 IM.
As a junior Beisel received more titles, and this year earned some academic accolades. Beisel picked up numerous awards: 2013 Capital One Academic, Women’s At-Large All-America of the Year, 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll Selection, 2013 SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2013 SEC Female Recipient of the Commissioner’s Trophy (High Point Award). On the swimming side Beisel was the SEC Champion in both the 400 IM and 200 backstroke — she also was the 2014 NCAA Champion in the 400 IM.
When it came to her senior year Beisel had a leading role as team captain, and had to switch up her event order to benefit the team. She opted out of the first day of the NCAA competition, and instead chose to do a difficult double of the 200 fly and 200 backstroke. She finished runner-up to Stanford’s Maya DiRado in the 400 IM, and made it into the top eight of the 200 backstroke, but she only made it to the semi-final in the 200 fly.