Kristen Hayden
Kristen  Hayden


Hillsborough, N.J.

High School:
Panther Creek HS

Last College:




2015-16 Freshman Season: First-year letterwinner • Competed in four relays for Minnesota at the 2016 NCAA Championships • At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Avestruz earned six top-12 finishes including: 2nd in the 200 medley relay, 4th in the 400 medley relay, 5th in the 200 free relay, 10th in the 50 free, 11th in the 100 back, 12th in the 100 free • Recorded 14 1st-place finishes in dual meets • Advanced to finals in the 50-meter free, 100 back and 100 free at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Minneapolis • Avestruz swept her events in the Gophers’ win at Iowa • Made her collegiate debut in Minnesota’s win at Florida State with wins in the 100 back and 200 medley relay, and 2nd in the 100 free. 

High School: 2016 graduate of Panther Creek High School (Cary, N.C. • three-time NISCA All-American • 2013 New Jersey High School State champion • 2015 North Carolina 4A State Champion • Member of the Ripfest club team • Finished 20th on 3-meter for Team USA at 2016 FINA World Junior Championships • Silver metal in 1-meter and two bronze metles in 3-meter and platform at 2016 ATT Diving Nationals (Senior Division). 

Personal: Born march 2, 1998 • major is currently undeclared.


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