A former Minnesota High School swimming State Champion and state record holder, Rachel Frederickson has advanced to the finale of the NBC show “The Biggest Loser.”
On Tuesday’s episode, Frederickson won a triathlon competition to become the first of three finalists to advance. She had a bit of an advantage in the triathlon, given her history as an elite competitive swimmer, but in the course of the show she has dropped from 260 to 150 pounds.
Frederickson discusses her swimming several times during the show, saying at one point that part of the reason for her weight gain was quitting swimming to chase a boy. According to her official bio, she “was offered full scholarships by several colleges, but turned them down and instead moved to Germany after her 18th birthday to be with a German foreign exchange student with whom she’d fallen in love.”
Despite winning multiple Minnesota state titles, Frederickson never swam in college. Her lifetime bests before graduating from Stillwater High School in 2006 included a 23.5 in the 50 yard free, a 53.87 in the 100 yard fly, and a 2:03.82 in the 200 yard fly. She was a 3-time Minnesota High School State Champion.
That 100 fly time, done as a junior, ranked her 22nd in the United States in the event and 3rd among 15-16’s that year. She still ranks 53rd all-time in the age group.
Frederickson began the series as one of the lighter contestants and had the 2nd-lowest starting BMI. In 13 weeks so far, she’s lost 110 pounds. The finale of the show will air on February 4th, 2014. Frederickson now works as a voice over artist in Los Angeles.