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    Courtney Choura  
    Courtney Choura

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Bridgeville, PA

    High School:
    Oakland Catholic

    Height:
    5-6

    Event:
    Breast/IM

    Birthdate:
    05/09/1984


    One of top breaststrokers in Irish history ... ranks fourth all-time in 200 breaststroke (career-best 2:18.23), as well as fifth in 100 breast (1:03.48) ... four-time all-BIG EAST selection, including as runner-up in 200 breast in '03 and 100 breast in '04 ... was hampered by cornea injury over the summer of 2004 ... will again be a key for Irish in breast/IM fortunes ... team player contributes to the success of others ... has made considerable improvement during her collegiate career ... three-time monogram winner ... lone senior on the 2005-06 team.

    AS A JUNIOR: Posted a team-best 1:04.84 in the 100 breaststroke in the 2005 BIG EAST Championship ... finished fourth in the prelims of the 100 breast with that effort and eventually finished 13th in the final race ... also competed in the 200 IM (12th) and 200 breast (ninth) at the BIG EAST meet ... logged the team's third-best time in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.85) ... helped Notre Dame claim two relay victories during the dual-meet season.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: BIG EAST Conference runner-up in 100 breaststroke with NCAA "B" cut of 1:03.62 ... also swam breaststroke leg of runner-up 400 medley relay that posted an NCAA "B" cut of 3:44.81 and ranked 27th in Division I ... tabbed all-BIG EAST in both events ... took part in a 200 medley relay that was 44th in nation ... team leader in 100 breast, while ranking fourth in 200 breast (2:20.50) and 200 IM (2:04.34) ... posted three of team's five fastest times in 100 breast ... finished seventh in 200 breast and 10th (after being seeded 24th) in 200 IM at BIG EAST meet ... scored 52 points in the conference championships, the fifth-highest total on the team ... won 100 breast in Notre Dame Invitational.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Posted the fastest 100 breaststroke (1:03.48) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.23) times on the Irish roster, both at the BIG EAST meet ... earned all-BIG EAST honors for second-place finish in 200 breast and third-place result in 100 breast ... swam the fastest qualifying time in the prelims, before placing second ... earned second all-BIG EAST honor swimming the breaststroke leg of the third-place 200 medley relay team ... finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley at the conference meet ... was second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke against Pittsburgh ... was eighth in the 200 breaststroke at the Minnesota Invitational ... took second in the 200 and third against Michigan State in the 100 breaststroke ... won the 100 race against Indiana and was third in the 200 breaststroke ... recipient of the Beeler-Hipp Award, which is presented to an outstanding freshman who best exemplifies the vitality, competitiveness, and love for Notre Dame shown by Meghan Beeler and Colleen Hipp in their freshman year prior to their deaths in a bus accident in 1992.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-time All-American at Oakland Catholic High School in 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley ... state champion in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay ... a national qualifier in 100 breaststroke ... three-time conference champion ... state runner-up in 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley for three years ... team won state in '01 and '02 after being runner-up in '00 ... nationally-ranked her freshman and sophomore years ... junior national champion in 100 breaststroke and junior national runner-up in 200 breaststroke ... three-time all-conference honoree ... three-time all-state recipient ... four-year letterwinner in swimming ... holds the WPIAL record in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley ... team captain her junior and senior years ... was a USA Scholastic All-American ... participated in National Select Camp ... member of the National Honor Society ... second of three children to Joe and Jennifer Choura ... born May 9, 1984, in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... last name pronounced CORE-uh ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.

    Awards and Honors
    2005-06 Team Captain
    Two-time All-BIG EAST
    2003 Beeler-Hipp Award

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