AS A SENIOR (2014-15): Wrapped up career by competing at the ACC Championships … swam on two relay teams at ACC’s that placed 10th (800 free – 7:20.35; 200 free – 1:32.78) … swam a leg on the winning 200 free (1:32.49) and 800 free (7:26.95) relay teams and finished second in the 200 free (1:52.03) at the Shamrock Invitational … opened year by swimming the anchor leg of the second place 200 medley relay team (1:50.06) against Michigan State … swam a leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:45.47) team and also finished second in the 100 back (59.37) in a dual meet against Cleveland State … best times of year included 24.26 in the 50 free (ACCs), 52.34 in the 100 free (Shamrock) and 1:51.05 in the 200 free (Texas Invitational) … named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR (2013-14): Qualified for first NCAA Championships, swimming with the 800 free relay team and helping them to a 23rd-place finish (7:11.63) … swam with the 800 free relay team at the ACC Championships that secured an NCAA B cut time (7:11.92) and clinched a spot at NCAA’s … also swam the 200 free at the ACC meet, finishing in 1:50.00 for a 23rd-place showing … aided the 800 free relay team to a first-place finish at the Dennis Stark Relays (7:24.98) … earned a runner-up finish in the 200 free at the Shamrock Invitational (1:52.12) … garnered an eighth-place finish (58.61) in the 100 back at the Shamrock Invitational … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Continued strong contributions in the freestyle events … was part of the 800 free relay team that placed first at the BIG EAST meet and broke the Notre Dame record (7:10.84), earning both all-BIG EAST honors and an NCAA B-cut … also placed 14th in the 200 free at the BIG EAST meet … swam to first-place finishes in the 200 free event at the Shamrock Invitational (1:49.76) and against swimming power Auburn (1:50.71) … aided the 400 free relay (3:24.73) to first place against Michigan and Northwestern … took home third in the 100 free in meetings with Pittsburgh and Purdue … earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Contributed immediately in first year, adding to depth in the freestyle events for the Irish … garnered all-BIG EAST honors as well as a NCAA B-cut en route to a third-place finish in the 200 free (1:48.02) … placed fifth in the 100 free (50.46) … also competed individually at the BIG EAST Championships in the 500 freestyle (5:03.41) … was part of the school record-setting BIG EAST champion 400 free relay as well as the bronze-winning 800 free relay, both of which posted NCAA B-cuts and earned all-BIG EAST scrolls … took home first place in the 200 free as well as bronze in the 100 free against Pittsburgh … swam to a third-place finish individually in the 200 free against league rival Louisville … aided the 400 free relay to first place against perennial power Auburn … earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL: Graduated from Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) in the spring of 2011 … earned four letters in swimming … four-time conference champion and four-time region champion … earned two all-state awards … named team MVP twice and team captain as a senior … competed for Highlander Aquatics during club season … Junior National qualifier and zone team member … in the classroom, four-time Academic All-American … born to Bruce and Tracy Bessire in Texas … has two younger brothers, Harlin and Jack … graduated from the College of Arts & Letters with a degree in design with a concentration in industrial design.
Bessire’s Career Bests
|50 Free||23.94||(Shamrock, 2013)|
|100 Free||50.46||(BIG EAST, 2012)|
|200 Free||1:48.02||(BIG EAST, 2012)|