Last summer, Olympian Elizabeth Beisel was on what she called the best Olympic swim team ever. Now, the University of Florida has similar things to say about her college teammates.
“I think we’re probably the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Beisel said during an interview with Garrett McCaffrey, posted on swimswam.com.
Beisel, who in London won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley and a bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke, credits the freshman class with making the Gator team so great this season. The current Gator roster lists 11 freshman.
“I think our freshman have made a really big impact. Natalie Hinds, obviously, Sinead Russell, who’s and Olympic finalist in the 200 backstroke — I can go on and on,” Beisel said during the interview with swimswam.com. “Our (freshman) class is huge, but they have really stepped up. … We’ve been a really close team this year and the freshman have definitely done a good job of taking care of business.”
Beisel doesn’t just mean the freshman have done a good job of taking care of business in the pool, she said. Her current Florida Gators swim team has done a good job of avoiding drama and cliques outside of the water, as well.
“I think there’s a tendency on college teams to be little cliques and there’s drama and stuff … almost every college team has it,” Beisel said. “I think once you eliminate that then you’re going to be able to performa a lot better because then you’re actually caring about what other people do.”
The Florida team is currently competing in the SEC championships, and next will send swimmers to the NCAA championship meet.