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    Kelly Hecking  
    Kelly Hecking

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rutherford, N.J.

    High School:
    Rutherford

    Event:
    Backstroke/Freestyle

    Birthdate:
    03/17/1980


    AS A JUNIOR: Named most valuable athlete for the 2000-2001 season ... competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the 2001 NCAA championships, earning honorable mention All-America status after finishing 18th and 13th, respectively ... won the 100 and 200 backstroke at the BIG EAST Championships, the Notre Dame Invitational, and the Indiana Invitational ... brought her tally of BIG EAST Championships to a Notre Dame and conference record-tying 14 with her wins in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 200 and 400 medley relays ... set the BIG EAST Championship record and an all-time record for the University of Notre Dame with her time of 54.98 seconds in the 100 backstroke ... won the 100 and 200 backstroke against Michigan, Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa, Miami and at the Notre Dame quadrangular ... formed a crucial part of the Irish relay teams as the leadoff leg... led the 400 medley relay which set the BIG EAST Championships record ... turned in top-two finishes in five different events ... took eight consecutive victories, finishing an undefeated season in the 200 backstroke...placed in the top two spots in every individual race she participated in for a total of 21 top-two finishes and 18 wins in Irish dual meets, invitationals, and the BIG EAST Championship.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Swam on the 400 medley relay team that placed ninth at the NCAA Championships ... also was a member of the 200-medley relay team that placed 14th at the NCAA Championships ... competed in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the NCAA Championships ... won both the 100 and 200 backstroke at the BIG EAST Championships ... swam on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams, both of which placed first at the BIG EAST Championships ... placed seventh in the BIG EAST in the 50 freestyle ... won all 10 times she competed in the 100 backstroke, including against #8 Michigan and #11 Northwestern ... took first against Michigan in the 200 backstroke as well ... finished in the top three each time she swam in the 200 backstroke ... recorded 17 individual victories for the Irish ... took seventh at the BIG EAST meet in the 50 freestyle ... qualified for and participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in the backstroke.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Had an immediate impact as a freshman in '98-'99 ... two-time honorable mention All-American after swimming the opening backstroke leg on both the 200 (16th) and the 400 (11th) medley relay teams at the NCAA Championships ... also competed at the NCAAs individually in the 100 and 200 backstroke and swam the opening leg on the 200 freestyle relay squad ... swam the opening leg on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams, as well as the 200 and 400 freestyle relays which all set new university records and recorded NCAA "B" qualifying times ... did well at BIG EAST Championships, winning the 100 backstroke and earning runner-up honor in the 200 backstroke ... competed on all five relays at the BIG EAST meet, taking home three first-place finishes (200 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley), one second place (800 freestyle) and one fourth place (400 freestyle) ... helped set BIG EAST records in the 200 freestyle relay and both medley relays ... recorded team season best times in seven events, including both backstrokes and all five relays ... had five top-three dual meet finishes in 100 backstroke including three wins ... had nine top-three finishes in 200 backstroke, including three wins ... won her first race for the Irish against defending national champion Stanford in the 100 backstroke.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:: Four-year letterwinner in swimming at Rutherford High School ... two-time All-America and all-state honoree .. set the state record in the 100 back with a time of 55.64 ... holds all school records at her high school ... four-time most valuable swimmer ... team captain as a senior ... state champion her junior and senior years ... finished second in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the 1998 YMCA Nationals ... also ran track and cross country ... was all-conference and team MVP her junior season in cross country ... all-conference her junior and senior years in track and field ... born March 17, 1980, in Passaic, N.J. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in graphic design and computer applications.

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