USA Swimming Senior Nationals Results: Elizabeth Beisel Finds Redemption With 4th Ranked 400 IM

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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 8.

A day after an unfortunate slip on her 200 backstroke finale start, BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel put together a world-class swim in the 400-meter IM A final to win the national title.  Beisel charged to a 4:32.98 for the win, moving up to fourth in the world.  Only Ye Shiwen (4:30.84), Hannah Miley (4:31.76) and Mireia Belmonte (4:32.92) have been faster this year.  That gave Beisel her fourth long course title in the event, and locked her position on the Pan Pacific Championships squad.

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Defending champion Maya DiRado of Stanford turned in a sizzling time of 4:35.75 for second to move to ninth in the world and earn a berth on the Pan Pac roster as well.  Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis wound up third in the finale with a 4:37.84 for 15th in the world.

NBAC’s Becca Mann could not replicate her season best 4:39.78 as she took fourth in 4:41.44, while SwimMAC’s Cammile Adams took fifth in 4:42.00. Aggies’ Sarah Henry (4:42.31), California’s Caitlin Leverenz (4:43.23) and SwimMAC’s Kate Mills (4:44.41) rounded out the heat.

Bulldogs’ Hali Flickinger dominated the B final with a sterling time of 4:39.26.  That time shot her up to 17th in the world rankings, while smashing her previous personal best of 4:43.08 from last year’s U.S. Open.  Kansas’ Chelsie Miller touched second in the consolation heat with a 4:44.12, while Flickinger’s teammate Emily Cameron earned third in 4:44.64.

Brooke Zeiger hit the wall in 4:46.05 to win the C final of the distance medley.  She was much faster a year ago at the 2013 U.S. Open with a lifetime best 4:42.89, but still managed to top the bonus heat tonight.  SoCal’s Ella Eastin popped a 4:48.34 for second, while FAST’s Lauren Edelman earned third in 4:49.57.

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  1. Sam

    Proof again that the best swimmers and programs in the country train. Good luck USRPT try holding on that last 25 meters…

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