Women's Swimming


Kristen Kloeckener
Kristen Kloeckener

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chesterfield, Mo.

High School:
Nerinx Hall

Event:
Free

2009-10 - Swam in every dual meet for the Illini during her senior season ... Earned a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:08.70) and a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:55.12) at Michigan State ... Swam three season-best times at the Big Ten Championships in the 200 free (1:50.78), 500 free (5:00.75) and 100 free (52.08) ... Earned the team's Fighting Illini Spirit Award ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient.

2008-09 - Participated in every meet for the Illini during her junior season ... Performance in the 200 free (1:49.01) finals at the Big Ten Championships put her at No. 4 on Illinois' all-time top individuals list and was the ninth-fastest performance in school history ... Her split on the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships was the fifth-fastest performance in school history (1:49.14) ... 500 free made her the fifth-fastest swimmer in school history and was the seventh-fastest time in school history (4:53.32) ... Recognized with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Illinois at the Big Ten Championships ... Achieved a season-best time in the 50 free at the Last Chance Meet (24.61) ... Honored with the team's Spirit Award and junior class Student-Athlete Award ... 2008-09 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2007-08 - Took home first victory of the season in the 200 free against Illinois State ... Achieved career-best times in the 50 free (24.61) and 100 fly (58.55), along with a third-place finish in the 500 free (5:01.40) at the Boiler-Make-It Invite ... Set three career-best times at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 free (52.28), 200 free (1:52.10) and 500 free (4:59.14) ... Swam into the No. 8 spot on the all-time best times list for the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Selected to the All-Big Ten Academic Team.

2006-07 - Participated in every competition her freshman year ... Finished second in the 1000 free at Oakland and followed that up with a second-place finish in the 500 free at Michigan State ... Against Illinois State, took home a pair of second-place finishes in the 1000 free and 500 free ... Scored a career-best in the 1650 free (17:34.00) at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational ... Competed in the 500 free, 200 free, and 1650 free for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships ... Took home two lifetime-bests in the 500 free (4:59.56) and 200 free (1:52.85).

High School - Attended Nerinx Hall, where she set school records in the 100, 200, and 500 free ... Three-year letterwinner in swimming and a four-year letterwinner in field hockey ... First-team all-state swimmer in 200 and 500 free in 2002 ... All-area St. Louis Post-Dispatch swimmer ... Team MVP field hockey and swimming in 2006.

Personal - Born May 13, 1988 ... Parents are James and Anne Kloeckener ... Father played football at Washington University ... Has one older sister, Katie ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Enjoys ultimate frisbee, hanging out with friends and playing Rock Band ... Lists her biggest thrills in sports as competition and races that go down to the wire like the USA men's 400 free relay at the 2008 Olympics.

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