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)|