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.
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.