Anna Christiansen qualified
for the 2000 Olympic
Trials in the 400 individual
Sept. 22, 1999
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Head Coach Jim Lutz learned this week that Anna Christiansen has qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 400 individual medley. Joining teammate Darcy Adler as a trials qualifier, Christiansen clocked a 4:45.91 at the 1999 USA Swimming National Championships in August. The junior finished under the time standard of 4:57.79 in the 50-meter long course. Illinois received the late word of Christiansen's qualifying due to a format change for the Olympic Trials in which time standards were revised.
"I'm just excited she made it, and now all the worry and concern are out of the way because she's there," Lutz said. "There is an emphasis and focus for her this year."
Christiansen is coming off a successful summer, where she took second place with teammates Kelly Handel and Emily Wang at the United States 5K Open Water Championships. Starting her Illini career with a flourish, Christiansen qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman, breaking the school record in the 200 breast (2:17.43). The West Newbury, Mass., native also holds the school record in the 800 free relay and ranks second at Illinois in the 200 and 400 IM. Hampered by an ankle injury last season, Christiansen placed fourth in the 200 breast and seventh in the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships.
"I think she would have gone to NCAA's last year if she didn't get hurt, so she would have qualified easily this year," Lutz said. "Anna is a great competitor and trainer, and there is no doubt she will do well."
The Olympic Trials are slated for August 9-16, 2000 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.