Alll-Bee Girls Swimming D-II standout

FresnoJune 21, 2013 

Sophomore Dagmar Gudmundsson of Hanford West.

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D-II standout: Dagmar Gudmundsson

Grade: Sophomore

School: Hanford West

She's qualified because: Produced a pair of meet records while earning four golds at Central Section D-II Championships. Won 50 free in 23.76, a consideration time that eclipsed D-II record of 23.99 she swam in 2012 finals, and also captured 100 free in 52.38. Anchored D-II record-setting 200 free relay (1:42.03) and swam butterfly leg in winning 200 medley relay (1:56.21). Her 50 free time was the fastest when combined with results from D-I and was second overall in 100 free. "My times were not my best, but I was happy with the wins," Gudmundsson said. "I don't get the opportunity to swim against the kids from Clovis so it means a lot to know I am up there regardless." Gudmundsson won every individual race she entered this season. Swam a season-best 23.28 (automatic All-American) in 50 free at Garces Invitational.

Building her résumé: Gudmundsson owns five gold, a silver and two bronze medals in D-II in two seasons. She won 50 free, was second in 100 free and placed third on 200 medley and 200 free relays in an All-Bee season last year. Also All-Bee in water polo after 78 goals, 100 steals and 33 assists for D-II championship team.

Committed to swimming, too: Water polo has long been Gudmundsson's focus. But after her performance at the D-II championships in 2012, she decided to put more effort into swimming. While she devoted roughly 12 hours a week to swimming as a freshman, that number rose to 20 as a sophomore. She focused on improving her technique and started weight-training. "I realized collegiate swimming is a possibility, so I committed to it and it paid off," said Gudmundsson, who started swimming for the recreation league Hanford Piranhas at age 4. "I didn't aspire to be an Olympic swimmer, but now that I see how fast I can go, I'm starting to take it more seriously."

 

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