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Martti Aljand
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Martti Aljand 1261138
Position: Breast/IM
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 188
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tallinn, Estonia
High School: Kristiine
Experience: 3 Letters

International Success
• Placed ninth in the 100 breast (57.80) at the 2009 European Short Course Championships

• Competed in the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 IM and 400 medley relay for Estonia at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome

• Swam the 100 and 200 breast for Estonia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

• Placed sixth in the 100 IM and 10th in the 200 IM at the 2005 Short Course European Championships in Trieste, Italy

• Is a five-time Estonia national champion in the 200 IM

Cal Success
• Earned All-America honors by placing third in the 100 breast (52.32) and fourth in the 200 breast (1:53.89) at the 2010 NCAA championships

• Was the 2009 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM (1:43.59) and placed third in the 100 (52.40) and 200 breast (1:54.37)

• Has the school's second-best all-time mark in the 200 IM (1:43.21) and 200 breast (1:53.68), and third-best mark in the 100 breast (52.40)

• Parents are Kaja and Riho Aljand; sister, Triin, swam for Estonia in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was an All-American swimmer at Texas A&M; another sister, Triin's twin Berit, swam at LSU

• Majoring in political economies of industrial societies

• Born Nov. 22, 1987, in Tallinn, Estonia

200 IM	    1:43.21
100 Breast  52.40
200 Breast  1:53.68

LONG-COURSE METERS 200 IM 2:01.26 100 Breast 1:00.56 200 Breast 2:16.31

Why did you decide to go study in the United States?
My decision to come and study in the U.S. was influenced by my family and my swimming career. I have two older sisters who both study and swim in the U.S., and they only had positive things to say. I was eager to break out of the nest and experience something different to what I am used to.

Why Cal?
Berkeley is a highly respected academic institution with a world-class swim team.

Was it hard to adjust? In what ways is Berkeley most different from your home?
It was a big change for me, but I feel it was necessary for me to grow up and get out of my comfort zone. Doing everything in another language is the biggest difference compared to back home.

Name a favorite thing at Cal that you can't find at home.
The variety of friends with different cultural backgrounds.

Name a thing you miss the most.
My family.

What do you think makes Cal unique and distinct from any other school?
There is always something going on at Cal; the options are limitless.

How is training at Cal different from how it was back home?
More intense; we practice 100 percent every day.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Cal?
The challenges we overcome together to become the best swim team in the nation.

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