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Cristina Teuscher

Cristina Teuscher (Swimming.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Mar. 12, 1978.)  Seldom, if ever, has an individual overwhelmed her sport in a league as Columbia’s Cristina Teuscher dominated Ivy League women’s swimming.  Teuscher was unbeaten in over 40 collegiate dual meets and was 12-0 in four years in the league’s championship meet, setting records in five events.  She won in all strokes at distances ranging from 100 to 1650 yards.  Teuscher was also the first woman from an Ivy League school to win individual events in the N.C.A.A. championships.  She captured both the 400-yard individual medley and the 500-freestyle at Minneapolis, Minn., in Mar. 1998.  Teuscher also won two events in the 2000 N.C.A.A. championships in Indianapolis, Ind., and produced the fastest 400-meter individual medley in the world up to that point in the year.  During her years at Columbia, Teuscher set 19 varsity and pool women’s records.  Of course, Teuscher’s performance was not really surprising, as she was an Olympic gold medal winner out of New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School at Atlanta in 1996, when she swam the third leg of the winning U.S. team in the 400-meter free-style relay.  What was surprising was that she selected Columbia rather than a more prominent swimming program for her college education.  Another surprise was that while she continued training with her Westchester County swim club, Teuscher competed for her varsity all four years instead of taking semesters off to train for major international events, as many of her peers did.  In her senior year (1999-2000), she won the Honda Award as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete.

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