By Shoshanna Rutemiller, Swimming World

In 2008, Caitlin Leverenz barely missed the Olympic team when she placed third in the 200 breaststroke. In 2012, she certainly made sure it didn't happen again.

Although Elizabeth Beisel took first in the 400IM, Leverenz captured second by a remarkable margin, leaving open water for the third-place finisher, who touched over four seconds behind.

"I was ready to do this and ready to go," Leverenz said post-race. "I remember in 2008, I was in the lane next to Elizabeth and was telling her congratulations [for making the Olympics].... This year we were both telling each other congratulations."

Following her Trials silver in the 400IM, Leverenz added another event to her Olympic line-up by finishing first in the 200IM.

When asked about the way she handles meets with multiple events, Leverenz responded that she is "...used to swimming those college meets where you swim multiple events a day."

After the Olympics, Leverenz will have another year to swim collegiately. She'll be headed into her senior year at Cal, under head women's coach Teri McKeever.

Already Leverenz has been wildly successful at the collegiate level. At the 2011 NCAA Championships, she helped set a new American and NCAA record as part of the winning 200 medley relay. She also won bronze individually in the 200 breaststroke.

The following year, in 2012, she upped the ante by taking home four NCAA titles, in the 200IM, 200 breaststroke, and 200 and 400 medley relays. In the 400IM, she placed second. Perhaps for good measure, she also won the NCAA Swimmer of the Meet.

In London, Leverenz has her best shot at gold in the 200IM. The current World Record in this event is held by teammate Ariana Kukors, who placed second in the 200IM to Leverenz at Trials.

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  • Camille Adams

    EVENT: 200m fly AGE: 20 HOMETOWN: Cypress, Texas OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Alyssa Anderson

    EVENT: 200m freestyle AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Granite Bay, California OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Elizabeth Beisel

    EVENT: 400m individual medley, 200m backstroke AGE: 19 HOMETOWN: Saunderstown, Rhode Island OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2008 Beijing *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Rachel Bootsma

    EVENT: 100m backstroke AGE: 18 HOMETOWN: Eden Prairie, Minnesota OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Natalie Coughlin

    EVENT: 100m freestyle AGE: 29 HOMETOWN: Vallejo, California OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2004 Athens (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), 2008 Beijing (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze) *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Allison Schmitt

    EVENT: 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle AGE: 22 HOMETOWN: Canton, Michigan OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2008 Beijing (Bronze) *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Missy Franklin

    EVENT: 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle AGE: 17 HOMETOWN: Centennial, Colorado OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Jessica Hardy

    EVENT: 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Long Beach, California OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Kathleen Hersey

    EVENT: 200m fly AGE: 22 HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Georgia OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2008 Beijing *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Ariana Kukors

    EVENT: 200m individual medley AGE: 23 HOMETOWN: Auburn, Washington OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Breeja Larson

    EVENT: 100m breaststroke AGE: 20 HOMETOWN: Mesa, Arizona OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Micah Lawrence

    EVENT: 200m breaststroke AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Las Cruces, New Mexico OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Caitlin Leverenz

    EVENT: 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Claire Donahue

    EVENT: 100m fly AGE: 23 HOMETOWN: Dallas, Texas OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Rebecca Soni

    EVENT: 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Plainsboro, New Jersey OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2008 Beijing (1 Gold, 2 Silver) *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Chloe Sutton

    EVENT: 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 10k open water AGE: 20 HOMETOWN: Mission Viejo, California OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2008 Beijing *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Katie Ledecky

    EVENT: 800m freestyle AGE: 15 HOMETOWN: Bethesda, Maryland OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.usaswimming.org/" target="_hplink">www.usaswimming.org</a>

  • Shannon Vreeland

    EVENT: 200m freestyle AGE: 20 HOMETOWN: Overland Park, Kansas OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Amanda Weir

    EVENT: 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Lawrenceville, Georgia OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2004 Athens (Silver) *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Lauren Perdue

    EVENT: 200m freestyle AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Greenville, North Carolina OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.usaswimming.org/" target="_hplink">www.usaswimming.org</a>

  • Dana Vollmer

    EVENT: 100m fly, 200m freestyle AGE: 24 HOMETOWN: Granbury, Texas OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2004 Athens (Gold) *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Kate Ziegler

    EVENT: 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle AGE: 24 HOMETOWN: Great Falls, Virginia OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 2008 Beijing *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/" target="_hplink">www.teamusa.org</a>

  • Haley Anderson

    EVENT: 10K Open Water AGE: 20 HOMETOWN: Granite Bay, California OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: N/A *All information courtesy <a href="http://www.usaswimming.org/" target="_hplink">www.usaswimming.org</a>