USA Swimming National Teamer, and Cal Golden Bears senior-to-be, Elizabeth Pelton, underwent hand surgery on Tuesday, according to the school’s athletics department.
“Cal senior swimmer Elizabeth Pelton underwent surgery for a broken bone in her hand Tuesday. The injury occurred during practice, and doctors expect Pelton to be able to return to the pool in 4-6 weeks and be at full strength for the upcoming season.”
Pelton is a member of the 2014-2015 USA Swimming National Team, and last month took a silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke at the 2015 World University Games. Her 1:00.31 season-best in that race currently ranks her as the 6th-fastest American this year, but without a chance to improve her time in that event or in the 200 backstroke or IM races, it’s unlikely that Pelton will be able to hold a spot on the U.S. National Team next season.
Pelton finished 2nd at last year’s NCAA Championship meet in the 200 IM (behind then-teammate Missy Franklin), tied for 5th in the 100 back, and 7th in the 200 back. She just barely held on to her American, NCAA, and U.S. Open Records in the 200 back when Franklin missed by .07 seconds at Nationals.