The former All-American claimed gold in 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics on Aug. 1. This is the UA's first gold medal in the 2012 Games.
University of Arizona swimmer Alyssa Anderson earned a gold medal on Aug. 1 as part of the United States’ victorious 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.
Anderson, a native of Granite Bay, Calif., swam in the preliminary round, qualifying the U.S. for the final. She swam the third leg, posting a split time of 1:57.33 as the Americans won heat two in a time of 7:50.75.
The U.S. relay team – Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt – captured the gold medal by setting a new Olympic record of 7:42.92 to win by 1.49 seconds over Australia. France earned a bronze medal with a time of 7:47.49.
A 16-time All-American during her collegiate career (2008-12), Anderson was a 2012 team captain and was the co-recipient of the Ruby Award, given annually to Arizona’s outstanding female athlete.
Anderson will receive a gold medal because of her participation in the preliminaries. She joins men’s swimmer Nick Thoman as former Wildcats who have won medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Thoman claimed a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke on July 30. UA-affiliated swimmer Matt Grevers won the gold medal.
This is the 24th gold medal claimed by Arizona athletes all-time in Olympic competition.
Other activities on Aug. 1 for Arizona-related athletes:
Here is the UA-related schedule for Aug. 2: