Women's Swimming


AS A JUNIOR: Skilled veteran who is counted on in the distance freestyle events and is equally adept at the IMs ... won the 500 freestyle at the BIG EAST Championships ... placed third in the 1,650 freestyle at the BIG EAST Championships ... helped the Irish upset #11 Northwestern with a second-place finish in the 1650 freestyle ... placed ninth in the 200 freestyle at the BIG EAST Championships ... won the 500 and 1,000 freestyle against Metro State ... won the 500 freestyle six times this season, including victories at the Notre Dame Invitational and against #8 Michigan ... won the 1,000 freestyle against Michigan as well ... took first place in the 200 freestyle against TCU ... placed first in the 500 freestyle at the Notre Dame Invitational and against Illinois ... tallied 18 top-five finishes.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Recorded top times for the Irish in ?98-?99 in the 200, 500 and 1000 freestyle ... set University record in 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.29 ... qualified for her first NCAA Championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle and as a part of Notre Dame?s 200 freestyle relay team ... runner-up in the 500 freestyle at BIG EAST meet ... placed third at BIG EAST Championships in the 200 freestyle ... finished seventh in 1,650 freestyle at conference meet ... had three dual-meet wins in the 1,000 freestyle this year including one at Michigan ... placed in top three nine times in the 500 freestyle including wins in tri-meets with Illinois and Ohio State and against Army and Air Force ... also finished first in the 500 freestyle at the Rainbow Invitational ... runner-up against defending NCAA national champion Stanford in the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley ... represented Irish Aquatics at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. ... qualified for and participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

AS A FRESHMAN: Swam second leg on the record-setting 800-yard freestyle relay team, which was first at the 1998 BIG EAST meet ... placed fourth at BIG EAST championship in 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 free ... recorded six top-three finishes in 500 freestyle with wins against Southern Illinois, Hawaii and Iowa ... placed first in the 400 individual medley versus Pittsburgh ... won the 200 freestyle vs. Southern Illinois and Miami (Fla.) ... won the 1,000 freestyle against Bowling Green.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Invited to the U.S. Olympic distance training center for two weeks in June of 1997 ... received the invitation after placing eighth in the 800 freestyle at the senior nationals in the spring ... two-time captain of her club team, the Lawrence Aquahawks ... four-time member of United States Swimming Scholastic All-America team ... father Paul played football at Kansas ... born Oct. 5, 1979, in Lawrence, Kan. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business majoring in finance and computer applications.

Kristen Van Saun
Kristen  Van Saun


Lawrence, Kan.

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