NORWAY - University of Connecticut women's swimmer Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) continued her impressive summer last month, winning three backstroke events at the Norwegian National Championships, which took place July 17-20.
The rising sophomore, who has earned several individual victories in international competitions this offseason, won the 50-meter backstroke in 30.43 seconds to edge Grethe Tenden (30.87), and she earned her second victory of the championships in the 100-meter backstroke, completing it in 1:04.28. Pedersen's third first-place finish came in the 200-meter backstroke, as she topped the field with a time of 2:17.25.
Pedersen thrived in her first season with UConn last year, earning American Athletic Conference Female Swimmer of the Week honors after winning two backstroke events each against Dartmouth and Colgate. The backstroke specialist qualified for multiple finals at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, and in April she won each backstroke event at the 2014 NM Short Track Meet.
"I am very happy for Christine and the progress she has made," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "I think she has the potential to have an extraordinary sophomore season."
Pedersen and the Huskies kick off their 2014-15 campaign on Oct. 18 when they host Yale, Central Connecticut and Yale at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in Storrs.