Arizona’s Alyssa Anderson earns Wildcats’ first gold medalby Christopher C. Wuensch on Aug. 01, 2012, under Sports
British cuisine needs no introduction to the bland taste buds of the world. The best thing to bite in London these days is your gold medal, to test if it’s real.
Alyssa Anderson got a sweet taste of victory on Wednesday, earning the first gold medal of the XXX Olympic Games for a University of Arizona alumnus.
The Granite Bay, Calif., native was a member of Team USA’s 4X200-meter freestyle relay team that bested Australia by close to 1.5 seconds to bring home the Olympics highest honor. France finished a distant (in relative pool timing) in third.
Anderson swum in the preliminaries, sending USA to the finals as the No. 2 seed. In the finals, the quartet of Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt, Dana Vollmer and Shannon Vreeland brought home gold in 7:42.92 — good enough for a new Olympic mark.
It’s the first significant gold medal for Anderson on the international swimming scene. She’d previously earned silver medals at the 2007 Junior Pan Pacific Championships (800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle) and at the 2009 U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay.
— Alyssa Anderson (@alyssaloo930) August 1, 2012
Anderson’s Wildcat résumé is equally impressive. A team captain during her senior season in 2012, she was a co-recipient of the Ruby Award as the school’s most outstanding female athlete. During her days in Tucson, she amassed 16 All-American honors.
The win marks the 24th gold medal ever won by a Wildcat in the Olympics. Earlier in the week, Arizona alum Nick Thoman swam to a silver medal in the men’s 100-meter backstroke.