World Champion Elizabeth Pelton: Following in Dana and Natalie’s footsteps

by Katrina Radke 3

November 06th, 2012 College, News

Elizabeth Pelton is a world champion, and four-time medalist in international competition representing the United States. This summer, she was so close to being on the Olympic Team in several events.

It is likely that we will see her thrive now and all of the way through 2016 (and beyond if she chooses).

Now, as a freshman at Cal Berkeley, Liz won all of her events this past weekend, and also broke a pool record as she negative split her 200 back, going out in 57.4 and coming back in 57.0! When I asked her about events at various meets, it sounds like she has been busy swimming MANY different events – different strokes and distances! Why not; she thrives in ALL of them!

In this interview, Liz Pelton shares following in Natalie Coughlin’s and Dana Vollmer’s shoes. She also expresses the power of a team, and how she wants to keep moving it forward. She also shares her favorite set in practice so far, and advice for youngsters!

We look forward to watching her be the powerhouse that she is and will continue to be!


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3 Comments on "World Champion Elizabeth Pelton: Following in Dana and Natalie’s footsteps"

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Sincere thanks for the recent favorable coverage of Cal swimming. Missy, Pelton, Bootsma, and Tran are terrific swimmers, student-athletes, and the future of US women’s swimming. Teri deserves a lot of credit, but Karen Moe Thornton also produced gems like Carol Felton Capitani and Katrina Radke. One small favor: the town and the University (at least in academia) are called “Berkeley”, but athletically, it’s “Cal”.

Elizabeth, you are a great backstroker and you will continue to improve but please work your breaststroke. You have a very good butterfly, a fantastic backstroke and a good freestyle. Sleep, eat, drink, train breaststroke and you will be very tough to beat in the 200 IM and perhaps if you want it in the 400 IM. It’s just my opinion.


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Katrina Radke, MFT, is an internationally recognized Olympian, therapist, college psychology instructor, and a peak performance and health coach for many fields, including business, sport psychology, fitness, wellness and nutrition. She is a motivational speaker for corporate, educational and public events, and works with top physicians and health professionals. She …

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