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Karen Kelly
Karen Kelly

Hometown:
Galesburg, IL

High School:
Galesburg

Event:
Back/Free

2005-06 -- led team in 200 free with a collegiate-best 1:52.01... anchored team-leading 200 (1:33.46) and 400 free relays (3:24.51) to ninth place and 800 free relay (7:29.62) to 10th place at Big Ten Championships... those times rank third, sixth and eighth, respectively, on Iowa's all-time best performers list... swam collegiate-best 100 free (51.21) at Big Ten meet, which ranks seventh on Iowa's all-time bests list... recorded 13 top-five finishes and swam on two winning relays... academic all-Big Ten... named Alison Pennington Award winner... letterwinner.

2004-05 -- swam on team-leading 200 (1:34.08) and 400 free relays (3:24.03) that rank seventh and fourth, respectively, on Iowa's all-time bests list... swam collegiate-best in 100 fly (1:00.15) at Iowa Senior Championships... runner-up in 50 (24.35) and 100 free (52.59) vs. Iowa State... recorded nine top-five finishes and swam on four winning relays... academic all-Big Ten... letterwinner.

2003-04 -- swam season bests in 50 (24.02), 100 (51.84) and 200 free (1:54.43) at Big Ten Championships... runner-up in 100 free at Wisconsin (53.59) and placed third vs. Purdue (52.09)... recorded nine top-five individual finishes and swam lead leg on two winning 400 free relays... academic all-Big Ten... letterwinner.

2002-03 -- swam collegiate-best in 100 back (1:01.20) and season bests in 50 (24.37) and 100 free (53.61) at Big Ten Championships... placed third in 100 back (1:02.12) vs. South Dakota... placed fourth in 50 free (25.50) at Northern Iowa... letterwinner.

High School -- two-time team MVP and high point scorer... all-conference selection... member of school record-setting 200 free relay that earned all-state honorable mention... also competed in cheerleading and soccer... National Honor Society member... coach was Ray Van Hootegem.

Personal -- born May 30, 1984... daughter of Thomas and Barbara Kelly... pre-physical therapy and sports studies major.

Kelly's Collegiate Bests

EventTimeMeetDate
50 Free23.87at Big Ten Championships2/16/06
100 Free51.21at Big Ten Championships2/18/06
200 Free1:52.01at Big Ten Championships2/16/06
100 Back1:01.20at Big Ten Championships2/19/03
100 Fly1:00.15Iowa Senior Championships3/4/05
200 IM2:15.01Iowa Senior Championships3/4/05