Johannessen Shines at Norwegian Junior Championships

Nov. 27, 2009

HARSTAD, Norway –

Freshman Monica Johannessen had another great outing on the second day of the Junior Norwegian Championships. Johannessen earned two medals at the meet Friday in Harstad, Norway.

Johannessen, a native of Haugesund, Norway, led her team to a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, setting a lead-off time of 55.04 seconds. The relay’s final time was 3:49.12, which marked a new Norwegian Junior record.

The freshman swimmer also posted a personal best in the 50 butterfly, recording a time of 27.52 seconds while taking second place.

“Monica continued the momentum in the second day,” Kansas Head Coach Clark Campbell said. “Both races were personal best times and put her contention to make the National Team. The relay lead-off sets her up well for the 200 and 50 free tomorrow.”

Johannessen also competed in the Norwegian Junior Championships Thursday, winning the 100 butterfly and placing second in two other events on the first day.

“Monica started the Norwegian Junior Championships about as well as she could,” Kansas Head Coach Clark Campbell said. “Her 100 butterfly was simply an awesome race. She is swimming very well.”

Johannessen took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.57, the best time by two seconds. She also placed second in two relay events.

In her team’s second place finish in the 800 free relay, Johannessen had a lead-off split time of 2:02.95. The Kansas swimmer also had a split time of 26.87 in her team’s second place-finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

Johannessen will compete in the third day of the Championships Saturday. Please check back at for results from day three.