Holly Christensen
Holly Christensen
Year: Junior
Hometown: Whitehouse Station, N.J.
High School: Hunterdon Central
Position: Freestyle
Major: Government
House Affiliation: Kirkland

Junior 2017-18
Finished ninth in the 50 freestyle (24.00) at HYP ... Placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.73) against Cornell ... Seventh in 200 freestyle (1:57.07) against Columbia. 

Sophomore 2016-17
Claimed sixth in the 50 free, 13th in the 100 free and sixth in the 400 free relay at H-Y-P … Sixth in the 50 free against Columbia … Eighth against Cornell and Dartmouth in the 50 free.

Freshman 2015-16
Placed fourth against in the 50 free (24.44) and seventh in the 100 free (53.35) against Cornell and Dartmouth … Finished seventh against Cornell and Dartmouth in the 100 free (53.35) … Took fourth against Columbia in the 50 free (24.50) … Posted a second-place finish against Columbia in the 100 free (53.17) … Claimed 16th in the 50 free (23.72) at the Hawkeye Invitational and 24th in the 100 free (52.38) … Finished seventh in the 50 free (24.40) and ninth in the 100 free (53.17)  against Brown and Penn … Registered Harvard’s fifth-fastest time in the 50 free (23.57), as well as the sixth-best time in the 100 free (52.18) at the Ivy League Championship Meet.

Before Harvard:
Top Times:
50 free: 22.99
100 free: 50.52
200 free: 1:52.10

Holly Christensen was a four-year varsity swimmer and a senior captain at Hunterdon Central High School. During her time in the pool, Christensen placed first at the Meet of Champions in the 50 free (2014, 2015) and the 100 free (2015). She was a member of the New Jersey High School State Championship team in 2014, and was named the All-West Jersey Swimmer of the Year (2012-15). As a senior, Christensen was tabbed the Skyland Conference Swimmer of the Year). She also was an All-American in the 50 free (2013) and the 100 free (2014).

Christensen was selected as a Junior National Team member in 2013, before earning third at SC Y and LC Y Nationals (50 free, 2014), fourth at SC Y Nationals (100 free, 2015) and first at NJ Y States 100 free (2015). Out of the pool, she is an AP Scholar, a member of both the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2013-15.

Her grandfather, Jon Christensen '61, played for Harvard's football team, and is a Harvard Varsity Club Founding Lifetime member. Away from the pool, Christensen enjoys running, hiking, biking, listening to music, beach volleyball and yoga.

"I chose Harvard for its academic and athletic excellence," Christensen said. "The moment I stepped foot here, I fell in love with team and the campus."