University of California San Diego

Julia

Toronczak

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Backstroke
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: West Hills HS
Major: General Biology
Experience: 3 Letters

Bio

MEDIA
Beyond the Waves Blog
Beyond the Waves on Instagram
Beyond the Waves on Twitter
BBC Three Feature (8/29/18)
FOX 5 San Diego Feature (3/13/18)
San Diego Union-Tribune Feature (3/7/17)

TRITON NOTES
Three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2015-16-17) ... Four-time All-American (800 free relay in 2015; 400 medley relay and 200 back in 2016; 800 free relay in 2017) ... Six All-America honorable mentions (four individual, two 400 medley relay) ... Five-time PCSC champion (two relay and 200 back threepeat).

AS A SENIOR IN 2017-18
PCSC All-Academic Second Team ... Recovered from injury to make season debut in double-dual meet at San Diego State (12/1), placing first in 200 back (2:03.00) and second in 100 back (58.27).

AS A JUNIOR IN 2016-17
All-American (800 free relay) ... Two All-America honorable mentions (400 medley relay, 200 back) ... PCSC champion (200 back) ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team ... PCSC All-Academic First Team ... CollegeSwimming.com PCSC Swimmer of the Week (10/18) ... Two-time PCSC Athlete of the Week (11/1 and 12/20) ... CollegeSwimming.com Division II Preseason All-American (200 back) ... CollegeSwimming.com Preseason All-PCSC (100 back, 200 back) ... Earned third straight PCSC title in best event, 200 back ... All-America honorable mention in 200 back with 14th-place (2:01.20) showing at NCAA Championships (3/11) ... Competed in all 11 meets, including third PCSC Championships ... Swept backstroke races at season-opening double dual at San Diego State (10/14) over Division I foes SDSU and Vanderbilt, with NCAA B cut in 200 (2:03.30) ... Placed 33rd (1:52.59) in 200 free at NCAA Championships (3/9).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015-16
Two-time All-American (400 medley relay and 200 back) ... All-America honorable mention (100 back) ... Two-time PCSC champion in 800 free relay (leadoff) and 200 back ... PCSC Athlete of the Week (1/7) ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (1/11) ... Led off PCSC champion 800 free relay in a meet- and school-record 7:20.17 on first night, lowering previous program standard (7:22.00) by almost two full seconds while achieving first NCAA automatic qualifier by Triton swimmers on season ... Went a perfect 13-0 in dual meets in 200 back and 8-1 in 100, with lone loss at Division I UC Santa Barbara (11/7) and a sweep of the two distances against eight opponents, including city rival USD (1/30) in finale ... Competed in nine of 10 meets, including second PCSC Championships ... Only missed dual at No. 6 California Baptist (1/16).

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014-15
All-American (800 free relay) ... Three All-America honorable mentions (200 free, 400 medley relay and 200 back) ... Two-time PCSC champion in 400 medley relay (leadoff backstroke leg) and 200 back ... Qualified for NCAA Championships in first season of college swimming ... All-American in 800 free relay as the leadoff leg of third-place finisher (7:22.44) ... All-America honorable mention in 200 free (14th, 1:51.13), 400 medley relay (leadoff backstroke, ninth, 3:45.89) and 200 back (16th, 2:04.25) ... Competed in all 10 meets, including first PCSC Championships ... Made college debut in opener vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (10/25).

CLUB
Competed for Heartland Swim Association from 2007-14.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2014 graduate of West Hills High School in Santee ... Team MVP of the Wolf Pack in 2012 ... Broke the Grossmont League Championships record in the 100-yard backstroke in each of her final three years ... Ben Hedberg Invitational Female Swimmer of the Meet in 2014, when she broke the meet standard in the 100 back ... Freshman Swimmer of the Year in 2011 ... Coach's Award in 2013 ... Two-time Scholar-Athlete (2013-14) ... San Diego Union-Tribune Athlete of the Week in 2014.

PERSONAL
Born April 26 in San Diego ... Parents are Zbigniew and Grazyna Toronczak ... Father attended San Diego State ... Has a twin brother named Michael ... General biology major at Roosevelt College ... Plans to go to medical school and specialize in functional medicine after completing her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego ... Enjoys cooking, crafting, reading and hanging out by the beach ... Favorite athlete is Otylia Jedrzejczak, a Polish swimmer who auctioned off her Olympic gold medal for children's leukemia research ... Top movie is The Proposal ... Loves chocolate and avocados ... Can speak fluent Polish ... Operates a blog called Beyond the Waves for her twin brother with Down syndrome.

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Interview with Julia Toronczak