Christine Wixted, 2010-14
Wixted was an All-America swimmer during her four years at Duke in addition to shining in the classroom. The Greenwood Village, Colo. native specialized in breaststroke, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 200 breaststroke during her senior year. Wixted was also part of the Blue Devils’ 200 medley relay in 2014 that was the first Duke relay team in program history to earn automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships. In the process, that team set a program record 1:37.92 in the event.
In the classroom, Wixted was a stellar student. She received multiple honors for the work that she put in while in the classroom. Wixted was a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team member (2013, 2014), a CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2012), a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree (2012, 2013, 2014) and a three-time All-ACC Academic honoree (2012, 2013, 2014).
Wixted graduated from Duke in 2014 with a degree in sociology. She also received a certificate in Markets and Management Studies while at Duke.
Where are you now?
Christine Wixted: I live in Manhattan and have been working for Twitter for the past 4.5 years. I sit on the Global Content Partnerships team within the sports vertical and have the privilege of working with leagues, teams, broadcast networks, and media publishers to help grow their businesses while making sure they’re posting the best sports content to Twitter.
What is your favorite Duke Swimming and Diving Team memory and why?
CW: During my senior year at training trip, a small group of us took a boat out on the ocean and sailed through the Keys the entire afternoon. Not only was it great to have a day off from the pool but even better to be able to spend it with friends on the water!
A favorite memory from the pool was when we were able to qualify our first-ever relay to NCAAs. It was awesome to see hard work pay off and how we were able to do it together as a team.
What is your favorite Duke tradition?
CW: Senior year orientation week. While it was the first week of my final year at school, it was an absolute blast being able to spend it with my best friends while welcoming a freshman class of 20+, one of whom which was my little sister.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
CW: Any spot that has a view of the Chapel!
Did you have a favorite professor or class?
CW: My favorite class was Medical Sociology. While I didn’t go into the medical field, it was interesting to learn how the study of people (demographics, socialization, etc) impacted medicine and vice versa. And (I’d never thought I’d be saying this) I enjoyed writing a small thesis at the end of the class that showed the relationship between race and the CTE disease in football.
Favorite food on campus?
CW: The Refectory’s grilled cheese and tomato soup or anything from The Loop
Who were some teammates who influenced you either in or out of the pool?
CW: I am beyond grateful to have the teammates I did over my fours years at Duke. They were my main support system and it was inspiring to see the whole team come together to help each other out to get through the hard times or struggles. But Francesca Tocci and Emily Barber were two teammates who inspired everyone -- there wasn't anyone who enjoyed the sport more than these two. They battled through a handful of injuries during their time at Duke but they always rehabbed with a smile on their face, were the biggest cheerleaders on deck, and worked their butts off to get back in the pool. To see their grit, grind, and determination was an inspiration to the entire team.
What was your avorite (or toughest) DSDT workout?
CW: 200 on 2:10 and then a 175 on 2:10, ten times through
What lessons from your time as a Duke student-athlete/member of DSDT program do you still benefit from or call upon today?
CW: Work ethic, time management, and communication. Honing these skills throughout my time as a student-athlete has had a major impact on my career post-swimming.
What advice would you give to future Blue Devils?
CW: Time is going to be a pivotal part of your swimming career and in most cases, you’re going to want to shave it off everything you do — your best times, time spent studying, or the time left in a Saturday morning marathon practice. But my advice to you is to cherish the time you have left and do everything you can to make every moment count. Your four years at Duke will fly by and before you know it you’ll be the one featured in this alumni spotlight so enjoy it!