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    Mary Beth Francis
    Mary Beth Francis

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    San Diego, Calif.

    High School:
    Mission Viejo

    Height:
    5-6

    Event:
    Mid-Distance Free



    2009-10: Continued to be held back by injury ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Qualified for the bonus finals of the 200 breast and the 400 IM at the six-team TYR Invitational, taking 19th in the 400 IM and 22nd in the 200 breast.

    2008-09: Member of NU's distance freestyle group ... Hampered during the year by injury ... Appeared in the first two dual meets of the season before returning on January 10 against Notre Dame and Toledo, which was her final meet of the year ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2007-08: Ranked as Northwestern's second-fastest swimmer of the year in the 200 breast and 400 IM ... Competed in the 200 breast, 500 free and 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships ... Had a season-best effort in the 500 free at the Big Ten meet ... Earned second swims in the consolation finals of both the 200 breast and 400 IM at the Georgia Invitational from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, swimming her season-best times in both finals appearances ... Best dual-meet finish of the year came in a second-place effort in the 400 IM against Illinois-Chicago on Oct. 27 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2006-07: One of the Wildcats' trio of stellar freshmen distance freestyle swimmers ... Scored points for NU at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best and NCAA `B' time of 16:52.25 in the 1650 free ... Narrowly missed the finals of the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships with an 18th place finish after a season-best time of 4:24.22 ... Ended up 27th in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships with a 4:55.96 ... Earned a second-place finish in four different events during the year (500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free and 400 IM) ... Earned a second-place finish in three 500 free heats, including her best swim of the year at the TYR Invitational (4:55.04) ... Northwestern's second-best 400 IM swimmer behind fellow freshman Kassia Shishkoff ... Swam in nine different events throughout the course of the season.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800 free ... United States Swimming All-American in the 1500 free ... High school All-American in the 500 free ... Academic All-America selection ... Was ranked 51st in the world in the 1500 free and 82nd in the world in the 800 free in 2003 ... Holds the San Pasqual school records in the 200 and 500 free and the 200 I.M. ... Holds J.V. records in the 200 and 500 free at Mission Viejo High School, where she could not swim varsity due to CIF transfer regulations ... Honor roll all through high school.

    PERSONAL: Born Mary Beth Francis on 5/12/88 ... Daughter of Bob and Sally Francis ... Majoring in English.

    FRANCIS' PERSONAL BESTS

    500 Free 4:55.04
    1,000 Free 10:09.02
    1,650 Free 16:52.25
    400 IM 4:24.22