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    Rachel Rys
    Rachel Rys

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Goleta, Calif.

    High School:
    Dos Pueblos

    Height:
    5-10

    Event:
    Fly



    2009-10: Ranked second on Northwestern's top times list for the year in the 200 fly and fifth in the 100 fly ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Academic All-Big Ten ... After not scoring at the Big Ten Championships since her freshman year, swam an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying and career-best time of 1:59.78 during the prelims to earn a consolation final berth ... That time made her the seventh Wildcat to break the 2:00 mark in the 200 fly in program history ... Ended up 12th overall in the event after a 2:01.43 in the finals ... Also competed in the 100 fly and 50 free at the conference meet ... Qualified for the consolation final of the 100 fly and made the bonus final of the 50 fly at the six-team TYR Invitational ... Finished second in both butterfly events in a dual win over Iowa (1/23) ... Also was second in the 100 fly versus UIC (11/14) ... Recorded third-place dual efforts in the 100 fly against Michigan (1/16) and the 50 fly versus UIC (11/14).

    2008-09: Integral member of NU's fly team ... Battled foot injuries throughout the season, steadily swimming faster as the season progressed ... Ranked third in the 200 fly on the season's top times list with a 2:01.15 time that was good for a second place finish against Michigan (1/17) ... Qualified for the bonus final in the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships before finishing 24th overall ... Also swam in the 50 free and 100 fly at the conference meet ... Recorded a 10th-place finish in the 50 fly at the TYR Invitational (11/21) while also swimming in the 50 free and 100 fly... Recorded two other second-place finishes for the season, in the 100 fly at Michigan and the 200 fly at Iowa (1/24) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2007-08: One of NU's top butterfliers ... Competed in the 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships ... Ranked third on Northwestern's top times list for the year in the 200 fly ... Her best finish in a dual-meet was second, a feat accomplished four times ... Had six total top-3 finishes in dual meets in ... Qualified for the consolation finals in both the 100 and 200 fly events at the Georgia Invitational (11/30-12/2) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2006-07: Swam to a 13th-place finish and an NCAA `B' cut of 2:01.41 in the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships ... Finished ninth in the 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships ... Swam a 2:09.59 in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships ... Stepped up in her freshman campaign to become an important contributor in the fly events ... Swept the fly events (100 and 200) at the TYR Invitational ... Time of 55.52 in the 100 fly at the TYR was her season-best and made her the team's second-fastest in the event this year ... Also earned a victory in the 100 fly against Marshall and the 200 fly against Wisconsin ... Season-best time of 2:00.70 in the 200 fly was an NCAA `B' cut time ... Time of 2:00.70 also was Northwestern's fastest time in the 200 fly for the entire season ... Finished no worse than fourth in the 200 fly throughout the entire season ... Entered the Big Ten Championships seeded eighth in the 200 fly and ninth in the 100 fly ... Part of the 200 medley relay at the TYR Invitational that recorded Northwestern's fastest time of the season ... Swam the team's third-best time of the year in the 200 IM with a 2:09.49 against Marshall.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time first-team All-America swimmer ... U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 fly ... Senior National qualifier in the 100 and 200 fly ... Undefeated in Channel League dual meet competition at Dos Pueblos High School in California ... CIF-SS Division I state champion in the 100 fly ... 2004 Senior National finalist in the 200 fly, finishing eighth ... Santa Barbara Athlete of the Year for swimming ... Santa Barbara Athlete of the Week ... High school team's MVP and captain for two years ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... National Honor Society member ... California Scholarship Federation member ... Member of the Academic Team Championship, honored for having the highest GPA in the CIF ... Goleta Teen of the Year nominee.

    PERSONAL: Born Rachel Ann Rys on 12/5/87 ... Daughter of Mike and Judy Rys ... Gender studies/linguistics double major with a cognitive science minor.

    RYS' PERSONAL BESTS

    100 Fly 55.52
    200 Fly 1:59.78
    200 IM 2:09.49