PHOENIX, Arizona, January 16. JASON Lezak announced yesterday that he is retiring from the sport, ending an illustrious career that was highlighted by that remarkable anchor leg in the 400 freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympics. Lezak was a member of three Olympic teams and a part of the 400 free relay at all of them, winning a medal of each color in that event. In addition to his Olympic successes, Lezak was on every national team from 1999 to 2012 and captain on many of those international teams.
Editor's note: Lezak was on four Olympic teams.
Elizabeth Beisel's name was on an interesting list yesterday, as the Florida junior was named as one of 16 of the most famous college students in the United States. Beisel was added to the list based on her performances in London, and the fact that at 19 years old, she's been to two Olympic Games and has won a world championship title. Others on the list are mostly in the entertainment industry, including Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, actress Miranda Cosgrove and American Idol winner Scott McCreery. Beisel was the only swimmer on the list and one of three athletes. Two gymnasts from Michigan and Oklahoma were also on the list.
If you're planning to attend the NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis as a spectator, you can now purchase all-session tickets at ncaa.com. Most universities get blocks of tickets for boosters and families, but a large portion of the tickets for the 4,700-seat facility are available now to the general public. Just go to ncaa.com/tickets for details.