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    Alex Kraus
    Alex Kraus

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Birmingham, Ala.

    High School:
    Vestavia Hills

    Height:
    5-3

    Event:
    Back/Fly



    KRAUS' PERSONAL BESTS
    Event Personal Best
    100 butterfly 54.98
    200 butterfly 2:02.98
    50 freestyle 23.66

    2010-11: Ranked on NU's top times list in three different individual events, placing second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 50 free and 200 fly ... Also swam on NU's top 200 medley relay of the season, earning an NCAA `B' consideration time with the group at the Big Ten Championships ... That squad ranks fifth on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Qualified for the bonus final of the 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships, placing 19th overall after a season-best 55.38 in her evening swim ... Also swam in the 200 fly, placing 32nd, and the 50 free, taking 42nd with a career-best 23.66, at the conference meet ... Won the 100 fly at NU's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/19-11/21) with a 55.42 ... Made five total championship finals at the TYR, adding a second-place effort in the 50 fly, a fourth in the 500 free and fifth-place swims in the 50 free and 200 fly ... Won the 200 fly in a dual meet against Wisconsin (11/11) ... Also had top-three dual-meet finishes with a third-place result in the 500 free at NU's quad meet (11/6) and another in the 100 fly against Iowa (01/22).

    2009-10: Ranked third on Northwestern's top times list for the year in the 100 fly ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Made the bonus final of the 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 22nd overall ... Also competed in the 200 fly and 50 free at the conference meet ... Earned an NCAA `B' cut at the TYR Invitational with NU's top 200 free relay (11/20) ... Made four championship finals at the TYR, taking third in the 50 fly, fourth in the 100 fly, sixth in the 50 free and seventh in the 200 fly ... also qualified for the consolation heat of the 500 free at the six-team TYR ... Best dual-meet finish of the year was a fourth-place effort in the 100 fly against Purdue (11/7).

    2008-09: Member of Northwestern's butterfly stroke group ... Had a strong showing in the 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships, earning a spot in the bonus final and finishing 20th with a 54.98 ... Her time placed her eighth on NU's all-time top performers list in the event and second on NU's top times list for the year ... Also competed in the 200 fly and 50 free at the conference meet ... Qualified for the championship super finals in the 50 fly and 200 fly at the TYR Invitational ... Took second in the 50 and fourth in the 200 fly ... Made the consolation finals in the 100 fly and 500 free before taking sixth and 10th in those event, respectively ... Also earned a second swim in the bonus final of the 50 free at the TYR Invite ... Best dual-meet finishes were third-place swims in the 500 free against UIC (11/5) and in the 100 fly at Iowa (1/24) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2007-08: Member of Northwestern's butterfly group ... Swam season-best times in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 500 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Earned a second swim in the 200 fly, turning in a 2:02.98 in the bonus final to take 18th place overall ... Finished the year ranked second on NU's top times list in the 200 fly ... Earned third-place finishes in the 100 fly on Oct. 27 against Illinois-Chicago and on Jan. 19 at Michigan for her best dual-meet efforts on the year ... Qualified for the consolation finals in both butterfly events at the Georgia Invitational ... Also earned a bonus final swim at the UGA Invitational in the 500 free.

    High School: USA Scholastic All-American ... U.S. Open qualifier in the 100 fly and junior national qualifier in the 100 back and 200 fly ... Birmingham News Scholar Athlete of the Week ... Third-place at 2003 state meet in 100 butterfly and 200 IM ... Second-place finishes at 100 butterfly and 200 IM in 2004 state meet ... Third-place in the 100 butterfly and 4th-place in the 200 IM at 2005 state meet ... Member of the Latin Honor Society and National Honor Society ... Honor roll honoree all four years of high school.

    Personal: Born Alexandria Clare Kraus ... Daughter of Thomas and Barbara Kraus ... Father was a place-kicker on the Miami (Ohio) football team when former Northwestern head coach Randy Walker was a graduate assistant there ... Chose Northwestern over North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Notre Dame ... Majoring in classics.