Breeja Larson celebrates 21st as gold medalist

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Breeja Larson, who returned to Texas A&M after the London Olympics, was named the SEC female swimmer of the year in February.

Olympic swimmer Breeja Larson turns 21 today, and she’ll celebrate her first full year as a gold medalist. Last summer in London, she won gold in the 4x100 medley relay. Don’t remember her? That’s because after helping the United States qualify for the final by swimming the breaststroke leg, she was replaced by Rebecca Soni for the final. In swimming, those who compete in qualifiers still earn medals. In addition to Soni, the swimmers who competed for the United States in the final were Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt. That relay team not only clinched the gold, but they also set a world record. Their gold was one of 29 won by American women.