|| Rebecca Soni
THIS SEASON: One of the top breaststrokers in the country and a member of the U.S. National team, 2008 junior Rebecca Soni is the two-time defending NCAA champion in the 200y breast and a staple of USC's medley relays. She holds USC records in the 100 (yards, lcm) and 200 breast (yards, lcm, scm) as well as the 200y and 400y medley relays.
2007: Soni underwent minor heart surgery in the summer prior to the 2006-07 season which limited her training, but she still put together a strong sophomore campaign ... She successfully defended her NCAA Championships crown in the 200y breast, winning in 2:08.23. She reached the final again of the 100y breast, taking sixth (1:00.63). She also raced in the 400y IM ... At the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, Soni was second in the 200y breast (2:09.92) and fourth in the 100y breast (1:01.40). She was also 11th in the 400y IM (4:18.38) ... At the U.S. vs. Australia Duel in the Pool in April, Soni was second in the breast (2:24.70) and third in the 100m breast (1:07.81), breaking USC records (lcm) in both events ... At the 2007 U.S. Summer Nationals, Soni won national titles in the 100m (1:07.06) and 200m breast (2:23.62, U.S. Summer Nationals record), the second and third of her career ... At the Japan International, the final major international meet of the 2007 season, Soni posted a pair of seconds in the 100m (1:06.15) and 200m breast (2:23.26), both personal bests. She became only the sixth woman ever to go under 1:07 in the 100m breast.
2006: Soni put together the top season for a Trojan breaststroker in a decade as a 2006 freshman, winning an NCAA title in the 200y breast and capturing Pac-10 crowns in the 100y and 200y breast. She was a three-time All-American at the NCAA Championships, winning the 200y breast (2:09.37), taking second in the 100y breast (1:00.07) and helping USC to second in the 400y medley relay in a school record 3:33.97 ... She won her Pac-10 titles with a 1:00.10 in the 100y breast and set a school-record 2:08.16 in the 200y breast... She set the school record in the 100y breast with a 59.96 against California and helped the 200y medley relay post a school record in a win over UCLA (1:39.97) ... Soni was unbeaten in the 200y breast on the season ... In addition to posting USC's fastest breaststroke times, she also posted USC's top times in the 200y IM (2:00.33) and 400y IM (4:15.33) ... At the 2006 Short Course World Championships, Soni was fourth in the 200m breast (2:24.06) ... Despite having minor heart surgery during the summer, Soni still raced at the 2006 U.S. Summer Nationals, she was 10th in both the 100m and 200m breast.
HIGH SCHOOL: Soni was the 2005 U.S. national champion in the 200m breast after her final year competing at West Windsor High in Princeton Junction, N.J. ... The New Jersey state record holder in the 100y and 200y breast, Soni was ranked among the top 25 in the world in the 100m and 200m breaststroke throughout the 2005 season ... She won a pair of silver medals at the 2005 U.S. World University Games, taking second in both the 100m (1:08.77) and 200m breast (2:27.84) and seventh in the 50m breast (32.71) ... She made the WUG team after placing third in third in the 200y breast (2:27.83) and fourth in the 100y breast (1:09.20) at the 2005 U.S. World Championships Trials ... She was a 2004 Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 200m breaststroke and was second in the event at the 2004 U.S. Summer Nationals. She was also a two-time finalist at the 2003 Summer Nationals ... She was a Scholastic All-American.
PERSONAL: : She was born March 18, 1987 and is a communications major ... Her parents, Peter and Kinga, came to the U.S. from Hungary and Romania before she and her sister (Rita, a former swimmer at Texas A&M;) were born ... She lists swimming on USC's second-place 400y medley relay at the 2006 NCAA Championships as her most thrilling sports moment.
CLUB: Scarlet Aquatic Club.
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