Position
Backstroke
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Tallinn, Estonia
High School
Tallinn German Gym

2007-08 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER
Concluded her career with two times in LSU’s all-time top-10 … Ranks third all-time in the 200-yard backstroke … Holds the school’s seventh-fastest time in the 100 back … Led the Lady Tigers in the 200 back with the team’s top time in three of her four seasons … Also claimed the squad’s fastest mark in the 100 back as a freshman …Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a junior.

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
A steady contributor in the backstroke and individual medley races … Competed in every dual meet, the Art Adamson Invitational and the SEC Championships … Placed 21st in the 200 back at SEC’s with a mark of 2:00.91 … Also recorded a personal best in the 100 back at the conference meet with a time of 56.19 … That mark ranks seventh all-time at LSU … Won the ‘C’ final of the 100 back at the Art Adamson Invite with a time of 56.29 … Emerged victorious in the 200 back against Delta State on Senior Day with a time of 58.95 … Part of a 1-2-3-4 LSU finish in the 200 back against Houston, Rice and UNO … Swam a time of 2:02.40 to take second in that event … Swam to a runner-up finish in the 200 back against Arkansas (2:03.85) … Captured third in the 200 back versus Texas A&M (2:04.92) … Earned her fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
One of the top backstroke swimmers in program history … Shattered a nine-year-old record in the 200 back (1:59.75) at the SEC prelims … Followed her record-breaking prelim mark with a finals time of 1:59.79 to take 15th at the SEC Championships … Also recorded her top time of the season in the 100 back (56.56) at the SEC’s … Notched top-ten finishes in both backstroke races at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Swept both back events in dual-meet victories over Houston and Rice … Captured the title in the 200 back (2:01.65) versus No. 7 Florida … Secured first-place in the 200 back and runner-up honors in the 100 back against South Carolina … Registered a win in the 200 back against Alabama and Vanderbilt … Earned her third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Enjoyed a fine season as one of LSU’s top backstroke swimmers … Held the Lady Tigers’ fastest time of the season in the 200 back (2:01.94) … Also participated in relays … Competed in every dual meet and the SEC Championships … Just missed qualifying for the finals of the 100 back at SEC’s, placing 18th in a season-best time of 57.38 … Also placed 18th in the 200 back at SEC’s (2:03.98) … Helped win the 400 medley relay (3:49.68) en route to an upset of Alabama … One of eight LSU swimmers to compete at the SMU Classic … Her best finish came with a fourth-place time of 58.28 in the 100 back at SMU … Opened the season with a win in the 200 back at No. 1 Auburn (2:04.81) … Recorded several second-place finishes in dual-meet competition … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
Turned in a fabulous freshman campaign, posting two all-time top times in the backstroke to go along with several individual victories … Competed in every meet, including the SEC Championships and Last Chance Meet, in which she earned an NCAA provisional cut … Owned LSU’s top times in the 100 and 200 back … Recorded the fourth-fastest mark in school history in the 100 back at SEC’s (56.51) … Won the “C” final of that event with that time and finished 13th overall … Reached the consolation final of the 200 back at SEC’s and placed 11th overall (2:02.68) … Posted five winning swims in dual-meet competition, including four victories in the 200 back … Won the 200 back against No. 4 Florida with the fifth-best clocking in school history (2:01.44) … Helped LSU earn a hard-fought win over Alabama with a critical first-place swim in the 200 back (2:05.85) … Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
National-caliber backstroker in Estonia … Set numerous country records … Swam in Estonia with former LSU teammates Miko Malberg and Sven Schneider … Coached by her father, Riho.

PERSONAL
Born July 8, 1985 … Parents are Riho and Kaja Aljand … Both were professional swimmers … Has one twin sister, Triin and one brother, Martti … Triin is an All-American swimmer at Texas A&M … Majoring in international studies.

BERIT’S TOP TIMES
100 backstroke   :56.29  2009 SEC Championships
200 backstroke   1:59.75  2008 SEC Championships

 

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