Meet Rebecca Soni, an American breaststroke swimmer. See photos, video and a biography of Rebecca below.
Congratulations to Rebecca Soni for winning the gold in the 200m breaststroke, upsetting Liesel Jones, the Australian favorite in the event. She finished in 2:20.22, a new world record. Soni won a silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke on Tuesday.
As a biography, Rebecca Soni was born on March 18, 1987 in Freehold, New Jersey. She is 21 years old. Her parents, Peter and Kinga, who live in Arizona, both were born in Hungary, and moved to the United States before Rebecca’s sister Rita was born.
She attended West Windsor High in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and was a member of the swim team. She holds records in the state of New Jersey in the 100y and 200y breaststroke.
Rebecca attends USC, where she is majoring in communications. In 2006, as a freshman, she won the NCAA 200 y breaststroke title. That same year she won the 200y breaststroke and placed second in the 100y breast.
In 2007, she had minor heart surgery during the summer, but this did not hinder her sophomore year at USC. She defended her title in the 200y breaststroke. She placed second in the breaststroke at the U.S. vs. Australia Duel in the Pool, and third in the 100m breast. She competed at the Japan International and placed second in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.
At the Olympic Trials in July, Rebecca won the 200m breaststroke, beating Amanda Beard, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist.
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