JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of North Florida swimming and diving team's Christine Kemp participated in the Canadian Olympic Trials in Quebec, Canada. The true freshman swimmer posted solid times in the long course event that featured the top swimmers from all of Canada.
“I didn't swim as well as I would have liked, but it was fun,” Kemp said. “It was exciting to be a part of it because there was a lot of really fast swimming. Being this early in the long course season, I thought my times were good. I have always swum long course, meters, so it wasn't too difficult to transition, but it was a little different since we swim short course in college meets. The whole experience was a lot of fun.”
Fellow freshman teammate Natalie McCallum also qualified for the Canadian Olympic Trials, but was unable to compete due to injury.
Kemp participated in four events as an individual – the 800-meter freestyle, the 400 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Kemp recorded a time of 9:27.46 in the 800 freestyle. The freshman posted a time of 4:33.52 in the 400 freestyle, just a few seconds off her personal best mark of 4:27.3. In the 200 freestyle, Kemp notched a time of 2:11.48, while registering a time of 1:00.94 in the 100 freestyle.
In addition to her individual times, Kemp participated in a pair of freestyle relays, posting a pair of top 10 finishes.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Kemp swam the second leg of the relay, helping the foursome to a sixth place finish. Arynn deLeeuw, Kemp, Caitlin Kamminga and Katrina Sharpe combined efforts for a time of 3:59.90 in the 400 freestyle relay. Georgia Kidd, Kamminga, Kemp and Sharpe teamed up to take eighth place in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 8:36.41.
Throughout her rookie year, Kemp proved to be one of the top freestylers on the North Florida swimming and diving team, competing primarily in the middle distance and long events for the Ospreys. Kemp posted the top times of the year for North Florida in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and the 1,650 freestyle.