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Elizabeth Pelton
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Elizabeth Pelton 1251040
Position: Backstroke/IM/Freestyle
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Towson, Md.
High School: Churchville Christian HS
Major: American Studies
Experience: 3 Letters

USA Swimming bio


  • Earned a silver medal in the 100m back at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea (1:00.65); also swam in the prelims for the U.S. 400m medley relay, which took the bronze; in addition, was ninth in the 50m back
  • Competed in two individual events at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, taking seventh in the 100m back (1:01.37) and ninth in the 200m back (2:09.95)
  • Captured gold medals as a member of the 400m medley relay and 400m free relay at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona; also took fourth in the 100 back (59.45) and fifth in the 200 back (2:08.98)
  • Won a gold medal in the 400m medley relay at the 2011 World Championships
  • At the 2009 World Championships, placed sixth in the 200 back (2:08.04), 13th in the 100 back (1:00.51) and 22nd in the 50 back. Qualified to compete in the 200 IM but opted out due to a scheduling conflict with the 100 back.
  • At the 2011 Pan American Games, won a silver in the 100m back and gold in the 200m back
  • Won a silver in the 200m back in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships
  • Was on the USA's 2009 and 2011 Duel in the Pool teams


  • At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, placed third in the 100m back (1:00.76), fifth in the 200 back (2:11.99) and fifth in the 50m back (28.85), qualifying for the Pan Pacific team
  • Finished second to Cal teammate Missy Franklin in both the 100 back (59.27) and 200 back (2:06.29) at the 2013 U.S. National Championships; also placed sixth in the 100m free in 54.65
  • At the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships, won a silver in the 200m backstroke and a silver in the 800m freestyle relay


  • Participated in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials
  • In 2012, finished third in both 200 back and 200 IM, as well as 15th in the 100 free
  • In 2008, took 13th in the 100 back, 18th in the 100 fly and 24th in the 200 back


  • Serves as a team co-captain in 2015-16
  • Entered the 2015-16 season as the school record-holder in the 200 back (1:47.84) and in the top 10 in five other events: 200 free (3rd, 1:42.13), 200 IM (3rd, 1:52.80), 400 IM (6th, 4:09.89), 100 back (4th, 51.26) and 100 free (6th, 47.78)
  • A CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2014 and an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2014 and 2015
  • The 2015 NCAA runner-up in the 200 IM (1:52.80); also tied for fifth in the 100 back (51.67) and placed seventh in the 200 back (1:52.08)
  • Part of the 800 free relay that won the 2015 NCAA tiel in 6:50.99
  • Helped the 800 free relay set an American record at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships with a time of 6:50.18
  • Individually at the 2015 Pac-12 meet, place second in the 200 IM (1:53.80), fifth in the 200 free (1:43.44) and second in the 200 back (1:50.27)
  • Member of Cal’s NCAA champion 800 free relay at the 2014 championship meet; also was the NCAA runner-up in the 200 back (1:50.55), fourth in the 200 IM (1:54.80) and 12th in the 200 free (1:44.59)
  • At the 2014 Pac-12 meet, earned conference titles in the 200 back (1:52.18) and on the 800 free relay; also third in the 200 IM (1:55.65) and sixth in the 200 free (1:45.12)
  • Set a Spieker pool and Cal dual meet record in the 200 back, swimming 1:53.94 vs. Florida on Oct. 19, 2013
  • Had an outstanding freshman season for the Bears, earning 2013 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, NCAA Swimmer of the Meet, Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet honors
  • Set the American, U.S. Open and NCAA meet record in the 200 back at the 2013 NCAA meet with a time of 1:47.84; also finished second in the 200 IM 1:53.82) and 200 free (1:42.13)
  • Earned four additional All-America awards as a member of Cal relays at the 2013 NCAA meet: 200 medley relay (5th, 1:28.31), 400 medley relay (3rd, 3:29.47), 400 free relay (3rd, 3:11.58) and 800 free relay (3rd, 6:57.44)
  • A two-time winner at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships with victories in the 200 back (1:48.39) and 200 IM (1:54.29); also took 12th in the 200 free (1:47.23) and was on three relay squads: 400 free relay (1st, 3:12.37), 800 free relay (2nd, 6:58.95) and 200 free relay (3rd, 1:28.79)


  • American studies major
  • Was homeschooled
  • Parents are Anne and Greg Pelton; mother swam through high school and father was a swimmer at Pittsburgh and swam at the Olympic Trials; brother, Greg, swam at Harvard
  • Her cousin, Laura Pelton, graduated from Cal in 2007
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