Feb. 12, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Junior Christine Magnuson won her first Lady Vol Athlete of the Week award for her performance at the Southeastern Conference Championships, over Feb. 7-10th, at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Ky. Magnuson was the lead point-scorer for the Lady Vols and earned a team-high three medals over the course of the four-day meet. She also set five school records.
Magnuson became the first Lady Vol swimmer in nearly six years to claim gold when she swam the 100y butterfly in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 52.04, passing Pam Hanson as the top performer in school history.
The Tinley Park, Ill., native started the conference championship meet as the leadoff leg for the 800y freestyle relay squad. The foursome of Magnuson, sophomore Carly Mathes, freshman Michele King and senior Megan Tomes produced a 7:07.22 readout in the race, setting a new school record on their way to a third-place finish. Magnuson's 1:44.79 leadoff time broke her former UT record of 1:45.26 in the 200y freestyle.
In the 100y free, the nine-time All-American earned her third medal of the meet by touching the wall in 48.75, for third. Magnuson now owns the fourth-fastest time in the country in the event and improved her own school record of 49.22.
In the last race of the week, Magnuson anchored the 400y freestyle relay squad to a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:19.18. The same four who swam the 800y free relay on Wednesday recorded their second Lady Vol best time in four days.
Throughout the meet, Magnuson set new personal bests in every individual event she swam in. So far this year, the junior has NCAA automatic qualifying times in four different events and provisional times in eight events to lead the team.