Faith Knelson - Swimming - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Faith Knelson Season 2022-23

Class Junior
Hometown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
High School Queen of Angels School
Major Communication Studies
Bio

Career-Best Times
50 Breast: 28.18 at CSCAA National Invitational, 3.9.23
100 Breast: 1:00.60 vs. Grand Canyon, 12.3.20
200 Breast: 2:12.68 at SEC Championships, 2.18.23
100 IM: 55.90 at CSCAA National Invitational, 3.11.23
200 IM: 2:02.73 at Gamecock Invitational, 11.16.22

Commodore Record Watch
• Is the school record holder in the 50 breast and 100 breast as well as the 100 IM
• Is ranked second all-time at Vandy in the 200 breast, standing fourth in the 200 IM as well

As a Junior (2022-23)
• Recorded the team’s top marks in the 100 and 200 breast, and was ranked second in the 200 IM
• Ended up 24th in the SEC in the 100 breast rankings and was also 26th in the 200 breast, meeting NCAA B Standards in both events
• Advanced to the A Final in the 50 and 100 breast at the CSCAA National Invitational (March 9-11)
• Set a school record in prelims in the 50 breast before going on to finish sixth in the final, also moving on in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.24
• Won the B Final of the 100 IM after setting school record in the race
• Qualified for the Bonus Final in the 100 (1:00.79) and 200 breast at the SEC Championships (Feb. 14-18), also competing in the 200 IM (2:03.12)
• Earned individual victories in the 100 (1:03.44) and 200 (2:20.52) breast at Iowa (Jan. 21)
• Placed first in the A Final of the 100 breast (1:01.61) and finished third in the A Final of the 200 breast at the Gamecock Invitational (Nov. 16-18), touching the wall second in the 200 IM B Final as well
• Finished first in the 100 (1:03.71) and 200 (2:20.19) breast in Vandy’s defeat of North Florida and Georgia Southern (Oct. 15)
• Led Vanderbilt with a second-place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.67) and was third in the 200 IM (2:05.85) in meet against LSU and Tulane (Sept. 23)

As a Sophomore (2021-22)
• Joined program in spring and competed at final two meets of regular season
• Met both the NCAA B and NIC A Standards in the 100 breast, and the NIC A Standard in the 50 breast as well
• Recorded the team’s best time in the 100 breast after winning race in regular-season finale against Arkansas-Little Rock (Jan. 29), also setting a school record in the 50 breast (28.75) in the competition
• Also ranked second on the Commodores’ season performance list in the 200 IM with her performance at the SEC Championships (Feb. 15-19)
• Contributed to Vandy’s best 200 medley relay mark of the season as well at the SEC Championships
• Led Vandy with a third-place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.91) and 200 IM (2:10.98) in dual meet with Tennessee (Jan. 20)

As a Freshman at Arizona (2020-21)
• Competed at one meet for the Wildcats before missing the rest of the season due to injury
• Posted the Wildcats’ top times in the 100 breast (1:00.60) and 200 breast (2:16.55) in a December victory over Grand Canyon

The Knelson File
• Major is communication studies
• Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
• Won four medals — two gold, two silver — at the 2017 World Junior Championships
• Part of a team that set junior world and championship records in the girl’s 4×100 medley relay
• Earned silver medals in the 50 breast and 100 breast at the event
• Recorded a time of 1:07.84 to place fourth in the 100 breast at the Commonwealth Games in 2018
• Won the 50 breast at the 2017 Canadian Championships, adding a silver medal in the 100 breast and bronze in the 200 breast
• Did not compete at the collegiate level during the 2019-20 season while attempting to qualify for the Olympics
• Served as a coach at the Island Swimming Club in the fall of 2021