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Gustafsdottir Named College Swimming All-American
          Release: 04/25/2012
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MIAMI (April 25, 2012) - After an impressive season in the pool for FIU, Johanna Gustafsdottir was named a Mid-Major All-American by Gustafsdottir won three individual Sun Belt titles (200 IM, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke) at the conference championships in February while competing in the NCAA Championships as a freshman.

Her teammate, Sonia Perez Arau, was named an Honorable Mention All-American.

Gustafsdottir's whirlwind season continued last week at the Iceland National Championships where she set a record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:57.46 - making her the first woman from Iceland to break 5:00 in the 400 IM.

The record-setting continued for Gustafsdottir in the relays. Gustafsdottir was part of record-breaking teams in the 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.

Gustafsdottir also competed in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM at the national championships. She finished second in both events.

The results of her sterling performances at the Iceland National Championships landed Gustafsdottir a spot on the Icelandic National team and will represent Iceland at the European Championships in Belgium May 20-27 with hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

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Johanna Gustafsdottir
Johanna Gustafsdottir

Courtesy: John Meara
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