Carissa Metcalf found after search

Updated: June 17, 2011, 11:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A 17-year-old swimmer competing at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix went missing for several hours, prompting a desperate search before she was located.

Family and friends of Carissa Metcalf had handed out photos of her Friday night around the grand prix and throughout the neighborhood after she vanished just before the event.

A spokeswoman for USA Swimming says Metcalf was found safely. It wasn't immediately clear where she was found.

Metcalf had last been seen before her preliminary morning races outside the swimming complex and then disappeared.

Metcalf, who graduated from St. Francis High School in Sacramento, Calif., this month and has been accepted to attend UC Santa Barbara this fall, was to compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke.

The event is the last of the grand prix series and the final tuneup for others such as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte before next month's world championships.

Information from ESPN.com's Bonnie D. Ford and The Associated Press was used in this report.