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Elizabeth Pelton
Position: Backstroke/IM/Freestyle
Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Towson, Md.
High School: Churchville Christian HS
Experience: High School


  • Captured gold medals as a member of the 400-meter medley relay and 400-meter 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 400-meter 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 100-meter back and gold in the 200-meter back
  • Won a silver in the 200-meter back in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships
  • Was on the USA's 2009 and 2011 Duel in the Pool teams


  • 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 100-meter free in 54.65
  • At the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships, won a silver in the 200-meter backstroke and a silver in the 800-meter 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


  • 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-yard backstroke at the 2013 NCAA Championships 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)
  • Entered the 2013-14 season as the school record-holder in the 200 back (1:47.84) and in the top 10 in five other events: 200 free (2nd, 1:42.13), 200 IM (2nd, 1:53.39), 400 IM (4th, 4:09.89), 100 back (4th, 51.26) and 100 free (5th, 47.78)
  • 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)


  • Undeclared 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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