Christine represents the United States as a member of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team and is considered to be one of the favorites to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.
A post-graduate from the University of Minnesota, she competed in the 5K race at the 2008 world championships in Seville, Spain in her first international competition and has been making increased improvement ever since. Jennings earned NCAA All-America honors in the 500 free and the 800 free relay and helped Minnesota win the 2008 Big Ten Championships during her collegiate pool career. She took fifth in the 10K at the 2009 Open Water National Championships. She earned bronze in the 5K and finished seventh in the 10K at the 2007 Open Water National Championships.
She was the Gold medal winner in the 10K open water event at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and finished 7th and 4th in the 10K and 5K, respectively, at the 2010 FINA World Championships in Roberval, Quebec, Canada. She has also won the prestigious winner-take-all RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay and was a bronze medalist in the 10K race at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico.
She endured a freak injury as she was about to win the 2012 Rei e Rainha do Mar on Copacabana Beach for the second year in a row. She broke her leg as she was running up the beach.
2011 FINA World Championships
Christine placed 13th (2:02:24.6) in the 2011 FINA World Championships in the 10K in Shanghai, China.
She is part of the growing number of women who compete in open water swimming events worldwide:
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