Women's Swimming

Anna Christiansen
Anna Christiansen


West Newbury, MA

High School:
Pentucket, Regional



2000-01: Team Captain

1999-00: Qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 200 breast when she set a school record of 2:16.34 at the Big Ten Championships * Finished 28th in both the 200 breast and the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships * Majoring in chemical engineering. Swam the second-fastest 200 IM in school history at the Big Ten Championships * Set an Illinois record of 4:18.47 in the 400 IM * Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

1998-99: Qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympic Trials in the 400 IM (4:56.91) over the summer * Took second place with teammates Kelly Handel and Emily Wang at the United States 5K Open Water National Championship this summer * An Academic All-Big Ten selection * Owns record in 200 breast (2:17.43) and 800 free relay (7:22.13) * Ranks second in the 200 (2:04.70) and 400 IM (4:19.85) for Illinois * Among the school's top 10 in 200 free (6th/1:51.54), 500 free (9th/4:57.97), 1000 free (4th/10:10.58), 50 breast (6th/31.65), 100 breast (5th/1:05.53) and 200 fly (7th/2:04.65) * Placed fourth in 200 breast and seventh in the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships * ?Participated as a Big Ten All-Star against Unites States National team.

1997-98: Earned team's Newcomer of the Year award and was nominated for both Illini Newcomer and Athlete of the Year awards * Competed at the NCAA Championships where she finished 19th in the 400 IM and 38th in the 500 free * Set the school record in the 200 breast (2:17.43) while coming in fifth at the Big Ten Championships * Placed second at Big Tens in the 400 IM, the highest individual finish for an UI swimmer since Jennifer Sands was second in the 200 free in 1995.

High School: Pentucket Regional did not have a swim program * Swam for Seacoast Swimming from 1989-97 * A 1996 Junior National Champion in the 400 IM and Senior National qualifier in the 200 breast and 400 IM * Named to the Scholastic All-America Team three-straight years * Helped Seacoast Swimming to the 1997 N.E. Championship, six Junior National meets, three Senior National meets and two U.S. Opens * A member of the Pentucket National and French Honor Societies from 1996-97 EUR A National Merit Commended Scholar in 1996.

Personal: Born Jan. 26, 1979 * Parents are Philip and Lois Christiansen * Majoring in chemical engineering.