KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – At her final meet as a Lady Vol, senior Christine Magnuson became just the second swimmer in school history to be crowned a national champion. At the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, last week, Magnuson helped Tennessee to its best finish in 19 years and its highest point total since 1996. The team’s 179.5 points was good enough for eighth place. For her efforts, Magnuson was voted the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week.
Magnuson won the national title in the 100y butterfly with the seventh-fastest time in history. She is also the No. 4 performer in the event. The Tinley Park, Ill., native beat out the defending national champion and Olympic gold medalist, Dana Vollmer of California, for the 2008 crown. Her time of 50.70 is a career best, school record and the fastest in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State campus. She also touched the wall first in the prelims with a then-career best 50.99 readout.
In addition to her win, Magnuson saw time on the podium in the 100y free and as a member of the 200y and 400y free relay teams.
With 26 certificates, Magnuson will leave Tennessee with the most All-America nods in school history. She picked up All-America honors in the 100y fly, 50y free, 100y free and as a member of the 200y, 400y and 800y free and 200y medley relay teams this year.