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    Kristen Peterson  
    Kristen Peterson


    Wichita, KS

    High School:
    Bishop Carroll



    Awards & Honors

  • Honorable Mention All-America (2002-400 free relay)
  • NCAA Championships Qualifier (2002)
  • BIG EAST Champion (2003-200 free relay)
  • CSCAA Academic All-American (2002)
  • Three-Time All-BIG EAST

    One of the top backstrokers in Notre Dame history aims for return to NCAA Championships in 2005 ... ranks as third-fastest swimmer in school history in the 100 back (55.45) and fourth-quickest in the 200 back (1:58.41) ... also is eighth all-time in the 50 free (23.79) ... qualified for 2002 NCAA meet, finishing 37th in the 100 back and 41st in the 200 back ... also anchored two top-20 freestyle relays, earning honorable mention All-America for a 15th-place finish in the 400 free ... three-time all-BIG EAST honoree has one conference title to her credit, coming in the 200 free relay in '03 ... competitive and focused ... struggled with mononucleosis during sophomore season and again was hurt by injuries as a junior, but is healthy for final campaign ... great summer of training has her poised for a big season ... tabbed an Academic All-American by the College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) in 2002, posting the 16th-highest grade-point average of all honorees ... boasts 3.80 cumulative GPA ... has earned mention on Dean's List five times ... three-year monogram winner.

    AS A JUNIOR: Contributor for Irish in backstroke events despite injuries ... ranked fourth on team in 100-yard race (57.44) ... scored 11 points in the BIG EAST Championships ... moved up nine spots from seeding to 11th in the 100 back and improved 12 spots to 12th in the 200 back (season-best 2:03.40) ... took 34th in the 50 free with season-best time of 24.55 ... finished third in the Notre Dame Invitational in the 100 back, as well as sixth in the 200 back ... also swam backstroke leg on runner-up 200 medley relay and took part in third-place 200 free relay ... swam on crescendo freestyle relay that set meet record (4:34.10) in Dennis Stark Relays.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Struggled the entire season after being diagnosed with mononucleosis in the fall... took most of the season to recover and did not get back to 100 percent ... despite that, won her first BIG EAST Conference crown swimming the anchor leg on the 200 freestyle relay ... placed 10th in the 200 backstroke at the BIG EAST meet and 11th in the 50 freestyle ... had second-best time in the 100 back on the Irish roster (56.13) ... finished first in the 200 backstroke against Michigan with a time of 2:03.42 and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay team ... was fourth in the 100 back versus the Wolverines ... swam leadoff leg on the winning 400 medley relay against Bowling Green, Louisville and Saint Louis ... was second in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 back against Pittsburgh.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Made an immediate impact in the backstroke events, qualifying for the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships ... earned honorable mention All-America honors as a member of the 400 free relay after placing 15th ... the 400 free relay time of 3:23.31 in the preliminaries was the second-fastest in Notre Dame history ... also swam the 200 free relay, placing 17th and just missing All-America honors in that event ... 200 free relay time was the third-fastest time in Irish history at 1:32.78 ... was 41st in the 100 backstroke and 37th in 200 back at NCAAs ... earned all-BIG EAST honors after placing second in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events, helping Notre Dame to a 1-2-3 finish in each race ... recorded the fourth-fastest time in Notre Dame history in the 100 back with her time of 55.45 at the BIG EAST meet ... also posted the seventh-fastest time in the 100 back prelims at the conference meet with a time of 55.69 ... named Collegiate Swim Coaches Association Academic All-America selection ... won the 200 backstroke in her first-ever collegiate race against Pittsburgh.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was a three-time all-state and four-time all-city selection at Bishop Carroll High School ... set the city record in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke ... was a USS Swimming Academic All-American ... four-year letterwinner in swimming ... member of National Honor Society, student council and the debate team ... qualified for senior nationals in 100 and 200 backstroke ... oldest of three children for Joni and Steven Peterson ... born June 4, 1983, in Wichita, Kan. ... named Academic All-American by College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) in 2001, posting 16th-best grade-point average of all honorees ... a member of Notre Dame's Academic Honors Program for Student-Athletes ... three times named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... carries 3.80 cumulative GPA ... has been named to Dean's List five times (both semesters in 2001-02 and 2003-04, as well as fall `02) ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.

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