Heidi Vainio Gjoen
    Heidi Vainio Gjoen

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Oslo, Norway

    High School:
    Lambertseter

    Height:
    5-8

    Position:
    Backstroke

    Birthdate:
    04/09/1988

    Experience:
    1L

    Major:
    Business

    Fresno State 2008-09 (Freshman): Second year Norwegian National participant ... Norwegian national individual event title holder in backstroke ... placed second in the 50 backstroke at nationals ... broke the school record and finished third at the WAC Championships in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.65 in her first college championship meet ... qualified for conference finals in the 500 freestyle ... went eight-tenths off the school record in the 100 backstroke finals ... earned first team All-WAC honors ... swam the 100 backstroke eight-tenths a second off the school record and finished fifth place with podium recognition at WAC Championships ... contributed a solid lead off on the 200 medley team that went one-half a second short of shattering a school record in the conference championships ... kicked off the regular season with three individual event wins against rival San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz ... continued to progress her times against San Diego State and earned first place finished in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke events in the team's closest meet point wise, a 27 point meet ... earned two-time gobulldogs.com athlete of the week honors.

    Lambertseter Swimming Club: Norwegian National swimming participant ... team won 400 medley relay and broke national record ... placed third in 100 backstroke at nationals ... 2009 Norwegian Nationals competitor.

    Personal: Born April 9, 1988... parents are Kirst Vainio and Arve Gjoen ... has one older sister Bjorg Vainio-Gjoen and one younger sister Torunn Vainio-Gjoen ... swam in high school swim club... lists her favorite athlete as Ryan Lochte because he is a good swimmer ... chose to attend Fresno State because of the athletics, great school spirit and the business program.

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