Elizabeth Beisel Pulls Out of BHP Aquatic Super Series Meet in Perth With Minor Groin Strain

In the latest incarnation of the USA Swimming roster for the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth, Australia, American star Elizabeth Beisel is no longer listed among the American attendees. This reduces the roster by one to 27 swimmers.

Her absence cuts out what was set to be one of the best head-to-head races of the entire meet: the women’s 400 IM. That race had included Beisel, the defending Olympic silver medalist, and China’s Ye Shiwen, the defending Olympic champion.

In the original psych sheets, Beisel was also the 4th seed in the 200 IM and the top seed in the 200 backstroke, and her absence greatly impacts the Americans’ chances at winning the overall team prize – part of a $400,000 prize pool.

Update: USA Swimming says that Beisel withdrew after suffering a “minor groin strain” at the Pro Swim Series – Austin meet, and that the decision to pull out was “precautionary.”

The updated roster is below:


  • Cammile Adams
  • Haley Anderson
  • Kathleen Baker
  • Maya DiRado
  • Eva Fabian
  • Margo Geer
  • Christine Jennings
  • Madison Kennedy
  • Micah Lawrence
  • Felicia Lee
  • Becca Mann
  • Katie Meili
  • Allison Schmitt
  • Shannon Vreeland


  • Tyler Clary
  • Jimmy Feigen
  • Andrew Gemmell
  • BJ Johnson
  • Cullen Jones
  • Ryan Lochte
  • Michael McBroom
  • Alex Meyer
  • Cody Miller
  • Tim Phillips
  • Sean Ryan
  • Josh Schneider
  • Darian Townsend


  • David Marsh – SwimMAC Carolina
  • Tony Batis – Palo Alto Swim Club
  • Jack Fabian – Keene State/Greenwood Swimming – Open Water
  • Stefanie Williams – Georgia

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Bummer, love watching her swim.

Gina Rhinestone

Not stated is did she travel with the team?

I am surprised they came via Melbourne . I would have done DC – dubai – Perth.

The Grand Inquisitor

EB did not make the trip.

Interesting itinerary dilemma – either 23 hrs from LAX to PER via MEL (most of it on US Olympic Committee sponsor “3 star” carrier) or 26 hrs from IAD to PER via DXB (all on “5 star” non-US carrier). I suppose the preferable alternative largely depends on which side of US you call home and whether or not you are the one picking up the charges.


Maybe they have to travel with a US carrier, although flying with Emirates is much much more preferable -in my honest opinion- than flying with any US carrier. And flying Emirates is likely cheaper too!


Tony Batis – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics

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