Chris Peterson
Chris Peterson
Birth Date: 03/15/1990
Year: Senior
Hometown: El Sobrante, Calif.
High School: Hillside Academy
Position: Sprint Freestyle/Backstroke

UC SANTA BARBARA
2011 FIRST TEAM MID-MAJOR ALL-AMERICAN

2011 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM
2010-11: Qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships where he finished 21st in the 50 free (19.67) and 22nd in the 100 free (43.37)…Set individual school records at the Pac-10 Championships in the 50 free (19.49) and the 100 free (43.35), breaking Jason Lezak’s records in both events…Placed fourth in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free…Helped set a new school record in the 400 free relay (2:52.90), breaking the previous record by 2.03 seconds…Took fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:28.28)…Swam the free leg in the 400 medley relay (3:19.55) at the Arena Invite, where the Gauchos posted their quickest relay time of the year. 

2010 HONORABLE MENTION MID-MAJOR ALL-AMERICAN
2010 BIG WEST CHAMPION - 50 FREESTYLE, 100 FREESTYLE
2010 BIG WEST CHAMPION - 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 400 MEDLEY RELAY
2010 BIG WEST CHAMPION - 200 FREESTYLE RELAY, 400 FREESTYLE RELAY
2009-10:
Won the league title in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 19.98, a NCAA B-cut...Swam the freestyle leg on the Gauchos' Big West Champion 200 medley relay (1:28.47) and Big West Champion 400 medley relay (3:14.74)...Swam the second leg of the Gauchos' Big West Champion 200 freestyle relay (1:19.71) and the third leg in the champion 400 freestyle relay (2:57.28)...Won the consolation heat of the 100 backstroke, taking ninth place in a time of 51.36...Named the team's Most Improved Swimmer.

2009 BIG WEST CHAMPION - 200 FREESTYLE RELAY
2008-09: Named one of the team's Scholar-Athletes of the Year...Member of the Gauchos' Big West Champion and school and meet-record setting 200 freestyle relay (1:30.89)...Swam exhibition in the 50 freestyle (20.31) and the 100 freestyle (45.34)...Also swam in the 200 freestyle preliminaries (1:45.01) at the Big West Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL
Swam for Hillside Academy and club teams Orinda Aquatics and Pinole Seals....Also competed in diving...Member of the President's List...Also earned Academic All-American honors... Attended Contra Costa College...Member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society and the Dean's List.

PERSONAL
Christopher Peterson was born on Mar. 15, 1990 to parents Edward and JoAnne...Has two siblings Evan and Elizabeth...His nick name is "Sunshine"...UCSB academic awards include being on the Dean's List for engineering and being awarded the Christopher Divis Scholarship, a College of Engineering Academic Scholastic Award...Is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Golden Key Academic Honor Society...Interests include piano, guitar, writing music, gymnastics and mountain biking...Watches "Band of Brothers," and reads "The Sunflower"...Most memorable athletic achievement is being a part of the 200 free relay at Big West that broke the school record...Favorite aspect of college swimming is the intense weight training...Majoring in mechanical engineering...His personal hero is his Grandmother.