Sonja went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she was a swimmer and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Triathlons were a way to stay in shape over the summer, but after she won the 2012 Age Group Sprint Nationals, she hoped to one day be able to train and race full time. After graduation in 2014, she worked full-time, focusing on her career, but started back training with a coach in 2016, earning her elite license in March of 2017. She left her full time job and has committed fully to racing triathlon. Her best finish in 2017 was a win at the Boston Triathlon.