Dec. 13, 2012
• BLOG: Weiss Represents Team USA in Turkey
MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin swimmer Michael Weiss took his talents overseas this month and competed for Team USA at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships.
After an impressive showing early on this season for the Badgers, Weiss shined on the world stage, finishing in seventh place in the 400-meter individual medley event and anchoring the eventual gold-medal winning 800-meter relay squad in the preliminary race.
“This is a huge accomplishment for Michael and a huge step for the program at Wisconsin,” said UW swim and dive head coach Whitney Hite, who served as an assistant on Team USA during the short course world championships. “To be ranked No. 20 in the 400 IM coming in and finish in the top 10 in the world is amazing.
“The gold medal he helped Team USA earn speaks for itself but I can’t say enough about the all-around effort from Michael. I am proud of what he has done and can’t wait to see what is in store for him in the future.”
The lone representative for the U.S. in the 400 IM finals, Weiss finished the event in 4:07.67. Weiss was asked to fill the huge void left by Michael Phelps (retired) and Ryan Lochte, who chose not to participate in the event.
Weiss will also return to the U.S. a gold medalist after helping Team USA medal in the 800-meter relay race. The Reno, Nev., native anchored the U.S.’s 4x200 relay team in the prelims, setting up the first-place finish in the finals just hours later. Weiss and teammate Gale Weber were replaced by Lochte and Conor Dwyer, who finished in a time of 6:51.40.
Weiss and Hite will spend the next few days in Instanbul, Turkey, with Team USA before returning to the states to prepare for a New Year’s trip to take on Hawai’i on Jan. 5.