Second Novice Eight Earns Bronze Medal
MSU looks for fourth championship
NCAA Boats face off with top competition
Honorees earned minimum grade point average of 3.7 for the 2011-12 academic year.
2012: Rowed in the varsity four at NCAA Championships where the Spartans took third in the third-level final in a time of 7:33.95... Placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships in a time of 7:20.210 with the varsity four... Academic All-Big Ten... Defeated Iowa by 18 seconds and Louisville by 15.8 seconds on April 7 in Iowa City ... Varsity four notched a win over Northeastern by 14.1 seconds at the UVA Invitational (April 14-15) ... Beat No. 11 Stanford by open water (10.5 seconds) to help the varsity four to Big Ten Boat of the Week honors for the week of April 24th...
2011: Rowed with the novice eight, second varsity eight, and the varsity four ... Took a second place finish in the Petite Finals of the NCAA Regatta with a time of 6:37.28, a 00:00.15 margin over Princeton... Placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 7:20.56 with the varsity four ... Defeated Boston University, Gonzaga and Indiana to capture the Dale England Cup by margins of 14.7 seconds, 7 seconds, and 5.5 seconds... Topped Clemson by a margin of 10.1 seconds and Texas by 4.3 seconds.
Prior to MSU: Lettered in track all four years of high school along with basketball her sophomore through senior seasons and golf as a senior... received All Conference accolades in track and field all four seasons... Honored with the track and field Academic Award all four years... named the Best Defensive Player in basketball her junior year... Elected captain of track her sophomore through senior seasons, basketball her junior and senior seasons and golf as a senior... Honored as the Detroit Free Press Scholar Athlete of 2008 and received the US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.
Personal:Born September 1, 1989... Daughter of Paul and Joie Christiansen...Father was a manager of the MSU men's basketball team... Sister, Katie, ran track at Hillsdale College... First cousin, Sophie, was a gold-winning Para-Olympian and a World Champion in dressage for Great Britain... Majoring in human biology.
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