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NJ Olympians: Swimmer Rebecca Soni

Born in Freehold, NJ swimmer Rebecca Soni grew-up in Plainsboro and is having great success in London.

Initially into gymnastics, Soni started swimming at age 10 and never stopped. After graduated from West Windsor- Plainsboro High School North, Soni attended the University of Southern California.

At USC, Soni set multiple records, was a six-time NCAA National Champion in multiple events and an 11-time All-American in a variety of different events.

In 2008, Soni qualified for the Olympics and had a break-out competition. She won gold and set a new world record in the 200-meter breaststroke and took home two silver medals in both the 100-meter breaststroke and the 4×100-meter medley relay.

The 2012 Olympics will be her second Olympics. Soni will compete in the same three events in which she placed in during the 2008 Olympics.

(L-R) Silver medalist Rebecca Soni of the United State, gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and bronze medalist Satomi Suzuki of Japan celebrate with their medals during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Breaststroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games
(L-R) Silver medalist Rebecca Soni of the United State, gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and bronze medalist Satomi Suzuki of Japan celebrate with their medals during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Breaststroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

 

OLYMPIC UPDATE: Similarly to the 2008 Olympics, Soni medaled in three events during the 2012 games. In those events, Soni won two world-record smashing golds and one sliver. Soni and her teammates broke the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay and took the silver in the 100-meter breaststroke race.

Rebecca posted a world record in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. She became the first women to break the 2 minute, 20 second barrier with a time of 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds. That was one-hundredth of a second faster than the mark she set in the semifinals on Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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