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2012 Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel returns to Florida

Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, who won a silver and bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, has returned to swim for the Florida Gators. The 2012-13 season begins Saturday by hosting the All Florida Invitational

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Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, who won both a silver and bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, has returned to swim for the Florida Gators. The reigning SEC Female Swimmer of the Year talked about her experiences in London and compared them to her experience as a 15-year old at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Jim Harvin of The Gainesville Sun:

"I enjoyed London so much more than Beijing. I think because I already had that experience under my belt, I sort of knew what to expect going into it. It was an English-speaking country. I knew what type of food I was eating, so I was definitely more comfortable there.

Beisel also talked about swimming for Florida coach Gregg Troy, an assistant on the 2008 Beijing swim team and head coach of the 2012 London team:

"Four years ago, I didn't have my personal coach with me, so it was coach Troy who sort of took me under his wing. For me to actually have him there with me again was really nice."

Coach Troy as well talked about Beisel and what kind of person she is:

"Elizabeth is a pretty unique young lady. She's very direct and she works extremely hard. She has a whole lot of energy and is a tremendous team athlete."

The Florida swim team opens the 2012-13 season by hosting the All Florida Invitational starting on Friday. Admission is free for the event with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. with the finals at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. On Saturday, prelims will begin at 9 a.m. ET and finals will be at 4 p.m. ET

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