Christine  Magnuson

Christine Magnuson


Tinley Park, Ill.

High School:
Victor J. Andrew


Distance Free, Fly


Great Illinois (Coach: Donna Driscoll)


Christine's leadership and swimming ability are going to be a cornerstone of this year's team's success. She has become one of the best swimmers in the NCAA in the free and fly events, and can swim essentially every event well. She is at her best on relays and she inspires others to be great as well. Her consistency of attitude and performance in practice is a model for the rest of the team, and her leadership role has grown to the point where she is in some ways, another coach in the pool.


2006-07: Made her third trip to the national championship meet, bringing back seven All-America certificates...Had a team-high fourth place effort in the 100y fly with a 52.30 readout...Became the new school-record holder in the 200y free (1:44.79) and 100y fly (52.04) and improved upon her 100y free record (48.75) at the conference championship...Is a member of the top team in UT history in all five relays...Helped set new records in the 200y (1:29.47) and 400y (3:17.82) free relays as well as the 400y medley relay (3:38.11) at the NCAA meet...Became the first Lady Vol swimmer in six years to claim individual gold at the SEC Championships when she won the 100y butterfly with a 52.04, also giving her an NCAA "A" cut...The gold medal-winning swim also shattered her own school record - set earlier that day - by nearly eight-tenths of a second...Also picked up an "A" cut in the 50y freestyle with a time of 22.61 in the preliminaries at the SEC meet...Registered another "A" cut time in the 100y freestyle by touching the wall in 48.75, good enough for third place at the SEC meet and once again breaking her own school record...Had a season-best 200y fly of 2:00.78, which she picked up at Northwestern...Set a school record and placed third with a 7:07.22 in the 800y freestyle relay along with Carly Mathes, Michele King and Megan Tomes at the SEC Championships...Also had NCAA provisional cuts in the 200y FR (1:31.69), 400y FR (3:19.18) and 400y MR (3:42.42)...Swept the spring freestyle events at Minnesota and picked up six total first-place honors at the invite...Won 14 of 21 individual events entered and was part of the winning team in nine relay events...Was dubbed National Swimmer of the Week by for her performance at Florida, which saw her place first in the 50y and 100y free and help the 200y medley relay squad finish third...2005-06: Became the first Lady Vol in program history to earn All-America status in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle in the same season, finishing in 12th place for the 200 and 14th in the 100 at the NCAA Championships...Advanced to the evening session of the 100 free after churning out the best time in program annals at 49.22...The mark had stood since 1995...Was a member of all five relays that tallied points at the national meet, marking the first time since 1996 that all UT finished in the top 16 in each relay...Each of these relays set school records during the season...Scored a team-high 59 points for the Lady Vols at the SEC Championships, finishing in the top six in the 50, 100 and 200 yard freestyles...Was one of only nine performers at the meet to register top-six outcomes in each of the maximum three individual events she entered...Established career best in prelims of 50y free with blistering NCAA "A" cut clocking of 22.79...Helped take nine seconds off the previous school record in the 800 yard freestyle relay by posting lifetime best and school-record setting lead-off leg of 1:45.26...The Lady Vols finished in 7:07.66 at SECs and lifted Tennessee to a second-place showing in the event, its best finish since 1995...Also swam with 200 and 400y medley relays and 200 and 400y freestyle relays, all of which banked points for the Orange and White...Member of four triumphant and one runner-up relay squad at the highly-competitive Purdue Invite...Overall, swam with eight victorious relays on the campaign...Picked up six individual titles during the regular season...Highlights included posting two wins at Georgia (100 butterfly and 500y freestyle) and dominating the field in the 50 and 100y free in UT's victory against South Carolina...2004-05: Garnered All-America recognition in both the classroom and in the pool...Swam with the 800y freestyle relay which claimed 11th place in a then program-best time of 7:16.75...Member of 400y medley relay quartet which notched 15th place...Competed in the both the 50 and 100y free at the national meet in addition to the 100y butterfly...Advanced to the championship final in the 100y butterfly at the SEC Championships with a lifetime-best 54.03...Took seventh place in the event with the then fifth-best time in program annals...Also was a member of four relay squads that toppled school records...Swam the lead leg in the 200 and 400y freestyle relays...Split time at 50y in 200y relay was 22.98, placing her as the then second-fastest UT swimmer...Marker of 49.89 in 100y freestyle was the second-best time in school history at that point...Narrowly missed out on advancing to the consolation final in 100y freestyle, taking 17th...Clocked then career-best time of 1:49.10 in 200y freestyle to take first place against Florida in final dual meet of regular season...Time then placed the freshman sixth fastest in program history...Claimed five individual crowns on the season, including a victory in the 100y freestyle at the renowned Georgia Tech Invite...Finished in the top five on 15 occasions and was a member of eight winning relay squads.


Represented the United States at the Japan International Grand Prix in August 2007, swimming the 50m and 100m free, 100m fly, and 400m and 800m free relays...Clocked a personal-best 58.56 in the 100m fly taking fourth...Helped the 400m free relay team to third place by registering the fastest 100m split time (54.32) on the team, third fastest in the event...Placed sixth in the 100m free (55.19) and seventh in the 50m free (25.78)...Had her fastest anchor-leg split of 1:59.20 with the 800m free relay team which placed fourth...Qualified for the national team after posting a then-personal best and 13th fastest time in the world in the 100m fly (58.76) at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships...Earned a spot at the Olympic Trials with a third-place 100m fly 58.76 and fifth-place 100m free 55.86 at nationals...Was also sixth in the "B" final of the 50m free and fourth in the "C" finals of the 200m free.


Was a six-time All-American, earning the distinction four times in 2002 as a member of the 200 and 400y freestyle relay, as well as the 100 and 200y freestyle...Tabbed to the All-America squad in 2003 in the 100 and 200y freestyle...In 2003, was state champion in 100y freestyle and earned runner-up finish in 200y freestyle...Magnuson maintains five individual school records and three relay standards at Victor J. Andrew H.S.


Pursuing a degree in exercise science...Lists her dad as her biggest influence because he is always supportive and encouraging...Her biggest sports thrill is winning the state championship in the 100y freestyle her junior year of high school...Daughter of William and Geralyn Magnuson...Has one sister, Jackie 24...Born Christine Marie Magnuson on Oct. 17, 1985.


Great Illinois (Coach Donna Driscoll)

Career Best Times
50y free22.6150m free25.78
100y free48.75100m free55.13
200y free1:44.79200m free2:00.68
500y free4:59.17
100y fly52.04100m fly58.56
200y fly2:00.78


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