Women's Swimming

    Farrell Earns Bronze for France at Olympic Games

    Go Hoosiers! Margaux Farrell is the first female Hoosier swimmer to win an Olympic medal since 1976.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Margaux Farrell is the first female Hoosier swimmer to win an Olympic medal since 1976.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 1, 2012

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana University swimmer and 2012 IU graduate Margaux Farrell became the first Hoosier to take home a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, earning bronze as a member of Team France's 4x200 freestyle relay.

    France took third with a time of 7:47.49. The United States won gold in an Olympic record time of 7:42.92, followed by Australia (7:44.41) with the silver.

    Farrell swam the second leg for France in the morning prelims, clocking a split of 2:00.06 for her 200-meter swim. France finished fifth overall in qualifying with a time of 7:52.88.

    "Being that this was my first time swimming at this level in front of over 17,000 people, I am happy with the experience," Farrell told NBC Connecticut after her morning race.

    "I'm happy I at least got the chance to swim. All in all, great experience and no regrets."

    Although she did not swim in the evening final, Farrell earns a medal as a result of participation in the morning qualifying round that advanced France to the final.

    Farrell was a 12-time All-American during her four seasons at Indiana and was the Big Ten champion in the 200-yard freestyle in 2010. She helped lead Indiana to three Big Ten team titles (2009, 10, 11) and a pair of top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships (2009, 10).

    She is the third Hoosier swimmer to earn an Olympic medal, joining former IU swimmers Kathleen Ellis (1964- 2 gold; 2 bronze) and Jennifer Hooker (1976-gold). Hoosier divers Leslie Bush (1964-gold) and Cynthia Potter (1976-bronze) were also Olympic medalists.

     

     


       

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