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Vipa Bernhardt
  • Senior
  • Breaststroke
  • Bad Hersfeld, Germany/Modellschule Obersberg
  • 13-time All-American
  • NCAA Champion
  • Three-time SEC Champion
  • 14-time All-SEC
  • 2004 Olympian
Career Best Times
(Yards)
Event Time Date Opponent
100 back 1:02.31 02/08/2003 FAU
100 breast 1:00.11 2005 SEC Championships
200 breast 2:09.13 2003 NCAA Championships
100 fly 56.34 11/16/2005 Florida State
50 free 24.90 01/25/2003 Alabama
100 free 53.67 10/24/2002 Michigan
200 free 1:51.36 01/25/2003 Alabama
500 free 4:56.45 11/14/2003 South Carolina
200 IM 1:59.84 2005 SEC Championships
400 IM 4:16.17 2/5/2005 IRCC
(Short Course Meters)
Event Time Date Opponent
100 breast 1:07:08 2004 NCAA Championships
200 breast 2:23.00 2004 NCAA Championships
200 IM 2:15.05 2004 NCAA Championships
(Long Course Meters)
Event Time Date Opponent
100 fly 1:04.25 12/3/2004 US Open
100 breast 1:09.00    
200 breast 2:29.91    
200 IM 2:18.00    
400 IM 4:57.81    

UF All-Time Ranking: First in the 100 breast (1:00.11) … First in the 200 breast (2:09.13) … First and second in the 200 MR (1:39.01 and 1:39.37, respectively) … First in the 400 MR (3:34.73) … Second, fourth and 10th in the 400 MR … Ninth in the 200 IM (1:59.84).

National/International Competition: Competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece for home country Germany … Swam the 100-meter breast prelims in 1:09.60 for 12th-place and a seat in the semifinals, where she clocked the 100 meters in 1:09.72 for 13th-place … Swam two automatic times in the 200-meter breast at the 2004 USA Spring Nationals (2/11) … Finished fifth in the A finals (2:31.37) … First (B) in the 200 breast (2:32.92), second (C) in the 400 IM (4:57.81), seventh in the 100 breast (1:10.67), and was a member of the fourth-place 400 MR team (4:19.23) at the 2004 U.S. Open (12/4-6) … Recorded a ninth-place effort in the 100-meter breast and 13th in the 50-meter breast (32.13) at the 2003 World Championships … Placed second in the 100-meter breast (1:09.64) and third in the 50-meter breast at the 2003 German Nationals … Finished fourth in the 200-meter breast (2:32.74) and seventh in the 100-meter breast (1:11.03), and recorded personal best times at the 2002 German Nationals … 2001 German Champion in the 200-meter breast … 2000 German Champion in the 100- and 200-meter breast with times of 1:09.55 and 2:27.05, and finished third in the 50-meter breast (32.07) at the 2000 German Short Course Nationals … Recorded two seventh-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter breast at the European Short Course Championships with times of 1:11.03 and 2:32.74, respectively.

At Florida:
2004-05:
Honored as the 2005 Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-SEC first team … Part of NCAA runner-up 400 MR squad … All-American in four events (200 and 400 MR, as well as the 100 and 200 breast) … Clocked 10 NCAA automatic qualifying times and 10 provisional times … Won two SEC titles (100 breast and 400 MR) … Academic All-SEC honoree … Notched 30 top-five finishes … Set or bettered four career bests, including her mark in the 100 breast, the fastest in school history … Swam the second leg of the Gator 400 MR unit which finished second at the NCAA Championships … Logged two more top-five NCAA Championship finishes with fourth-place showings in the 100 and 200 breast events … Swam the second leg of the sixth-place 200 MR team and finished 24th in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships … Captured the 100 breast crown at the SEC Championships, setting a career and school best with a 1:00.11 clocking, earning automatic times in both the prelims and finals … Swam the second leg of the SEC Champion 400 MR squad which also earned an automatic-qualifying time (3:35.22) … Swam on the 200 MR unit which placed third in the SEC and garnered an automatic time (1:39.37) … Set a career best in the 200 IM (1:59.84) en route to a sixth-place finish at the conference meet, clocking automatic-qualifying times in the prelims and finals … Earned an automatic-qualifying time in the prelims of the 200 breast at the SEC Championships (2:12.56) … Established a new career mark and a provisional time in the 400 IM (4:16.17) and was the second leg of the champion 200 MR team vs. IRCC (2/5) … Swam on the first-place 200 MR team and won the 200 IM, setting a provisional time (2:01.27) against Tennessee (1/29) … Swam the second leg of the first-place 400 MR team against Virginia (1/28) and set an automatic time in the 200 breast (2:12.78) … Won the 200 IM and earned a provision clocking (2:03.13) against Alabama (1/22), also swam on the winning 200 MR squad and finished second in the 200 fly … Won the 200 breast, recording an automatic time (2:12.05) and swam the second leg of the first-place 400 MR quartet against Auburn (1/21) … Captured titles in the 100 and 200 breast as well as with the 200 and 400 MR teams at the Miami Invitational (1/7-8), while clocking a provisional time in the 100 breast (1:02.53) … Also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 200 free, a sixth-place finish in the 100 fly and participated in the 200 fly at the Miami Invitational (1/7-8) … Set a career best while finishing third against Florida State (11/16) in the 100 fly with a 56.34 clocking … Also won the 100 and 200 breast events with a provisional time in the 100 (1:02.72) and swam on the second-place 400 MR team against the Seminoles (11/16) … Recorded runner-up finishes and provisional times in the 100 (1:03.44) and 200 (2:14.34) breast while competing on top-five relay units in the 200 and 400 MR races against Purdue (11/6) … Placed second in the 200 breast, clocking an NCAA automatic time (2:13.36) and competed in the 200 IM against Georgia (10/28) … Won the 100 breast and competed in the 100 fly and 400 IM against Florida Atlantic (10/8) … Recorded three personal-bests at the U.S. Open (12/2) in the 100-meter fly, 200-meter breast and 400-meter IM.

2003-04: Four All-America honors … All-SEC … Academic All-SEC … Thirteen top-three finishes throughout the season … Seven NCAA automatic qualifying marks and 10 provisional times … Nine first-place finishes … Fastest time in the 200 breast (yards and meters) in seven of nine attempts … Third in the 200-meter breast (2:23.69) at NCAA Championships … Also swam a career-best 2:15.05 in the preliminaries of the 200-meter IM and finished fourth in the 100 breast with a career-best time of 1:07.08 … Member of the 10th-place 400-meter MR team (4:03.98) and member of the ninth-place 200-meter MR team (1:52.57) at NCAAs … SEC Champion in the 200 breast (2:10.04) … Runner-up in the 100 breast with an automatic time of 1:01.11 and 12th in the 200 IM with a provisional time of 2:02.12 at the SEC Championships … Member of the fourth-place 200 MR team (1:41.32) and third-place 400 MR team (3:38.25) at the SEC Championships … Won the 200 IM with a provisional time of 2:03.23 at Tennessee (1/31) … First in the 200-meter breast with a provisional time (2:35.47) vs. Alabama (1/24) … First in the 200-meter breast with a provisional time of 2:34.32 vs. No. 1 Auburn (1/23) … Swam the fastest times in all her events vs. No. 16 Arizona State (1/9-10) … Earned a first-place finish in the 200 breast (2:17.91) vs. ASU (1/9) … Competed in short course meters vs. ASU (1/10) and claimed first-place in the 100-meter breast with a provisional time of 1:09.48, and also had the fastest time in the 200-meter IM (2:18.52) … Finished with the best time in the 200 breast (2:17.61), fourth in the 50 free (24.95), and swam on the 400 MR team (3:48.67), an NCAA provisional qualifier vs. Kentucky … Recorded a second-place finish in the 500 free (4:56.45) at South Carolina (11/14), also a member of the first-place 200 MR team (1:45.72) … Swam an automatic qualifying mark in the 200 breast (2:14.03) at Georgia (11/13) to claim first-place .... Took second-place in the 400 MR with a provisional time of 3:43.95 at Georgia (11/13) … Recorded a sixth-place finish in the 50 free (25.18) and was a member of the third place 400 MR team (3:53.69) vs. FSU (11/11) … Took second-place in the 100 fly (57.37) and was a member of the first-place 200 MR team (1:45.76) vs. Arkansas (10/23) … Won the 100 breast (1:03.30), finished second in the 400 IM (4:19.18) with a provisional qualifying mark, and swam on the 200 MR team which placed second (1:44.98) at the Florida Invitational … Member of the first place 400 MR team (3:46.79), placed third in the 200 IM (2:05.54), and claimed first-place in the 200 breast (2:15.16), with a provisional qualifying time, at the FAU-Michigan (10/17) dual meet.

2002-03: Earned five All-America and All-SEC honors each in the 100 and 200 breast, 200 IM and as a member of the 200 and 400 MR teams … Broke school records in the 100 and 200 breast and as a member of the 200 and 400 MR teams … Finished seventh in the 200 breast in 2:11.24 after breaking her own school record as the top qualifier in the prelims (2:09.13) … Recorded an eighth-place finish in the 100 breast (1:01.02) and 11th in the 200 IM (2:11.24) at the NCAA Championships … Member of the 400 MR team which finished fifth at the NCAAs, and also broke the school record in the preliminaries (3:35.87) … Runner-up in the 200 breast with a then school record time of 2:09.17 at the SEC Championships ... Finished fourth in the 100 breast (1:00.76), breaking the school record formerly held by Tracy Caulkins ... Took third in the 200 IM (2:00.23) after finishing with the top qualifying time of 1:59.87 in the preliminaries ... Member of the 200 and 400 MR teams which both broke school records and finished third at the SEC Championships ... Broke the UF school record against Georgia in the 200 breast (2:11.74), formerly held by Cindy Ounpuu (2:12.73) and set in 1986 … Registered seven wins and in 12-of-14 events she scored in she swam top three finishes … Finished with the top time all six times she swam the 200 breast throughout the season …Won the 100 breast for the second time vs. Florida Atlantic (2/8) in 1:02.31 … Recorded two NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 200 breast, including a first place finish (2:12.47) vs. Auburn (1/24) …Touched the wall in 2:15.40 to win the 200 breast and finished second in the 100 breast in 1:02.79 against Texas (1/11) … Against Georgia (10/23), won both events she swam, 200 IM (2:02.35) and 200 breast (2:11.74), setting the UF school record in the 200 breast … Won the 200 IM, touching the wall in a provisional time of 2:04.31 against South Carolina (11/15).

Club: Coached by Christian Hildebraud in Germany.


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