August 1, 2012
Anderson plays role in USA 4x200 relay's Olympic gold victory

Granite Bay swimmer Alyssa Anderson played a part today in helping Team USA to a gold-medal victory in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay at the Olympic Games in London.

Anderson, swimming in the preliminaries, helped the USA team that also included Lauren Perdue, Shannon Vreeland and Dana Vollmer to the second fastest qualifying time. Anderson swam the third leg as the U.S. won heat two in a time of 7 minutes, 50.75 seconds.

Vollmer and Vreeland later joined Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt in the finals to capture the gold medal in a new Olympic record time of 7:42.92.

Thanks to Schmitt's strong anchor leg, the Americans beat Australia by 1.49 seconds. France earned a bronze medal with a time of 7:47.49.

Anderson, a Granite Bay High graduate, was a 16-time All-American during her collegiate career at Arizona.



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