Women's Swimming


Kelly Kunkel
Kelly Kunkel

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Omaha, Neb.

High School:
Marian

Event:
Free

07/18/2012

Illinois Earns Scholar All-America Team Award

Ten Illini garner individual honors

07/11/2012

Illinois athletes honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

A total of 30 Illini athletes honored

04/26/2012

Student-athletes volunteer as Book Mentors

03/28/2012

Forty-Seven Illini Named Academic All-Big Ten

Winter Sports Earn Academic Honors

03/28/2012

Forty-Seven Illini Named Academic All-Big Ten

Winter Sports Earn Academic Honors

Senior 2011-12 - Posted a career-best time in the 50 back (28.46) at the TYR Invite ... Set personal-best times in the 100 free (52.46) and the 500 free (5:01.21) at the Big Ten Championships and the 200 free (1:52.92) at the TYR Invite ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Honorable Mention Scholar-All American by CSCAA.

Junior 2010-11 - Finished third in the 1000 free with a personal-best time of 10:41.66 at Akron ... Posted personal-best times in the 200 free (1:51.59) and 500 free (4:59.97) at the Big Ten Championships, 50 free (24.65) at the Hawkeye Invite and 100 back (1:02.03) at Toledo ... Posted a season best in the 100 free (52.56) at the Big Ten Championships ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Sophomore 2009-10 - Swam in 10 meets for the Illini during her sophomore season ... Recorded a second-place finish against Illinois State in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.29 ... Swam three career-best times at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 free (52.17), 200 free (1:52.03) and 500 free (5:01.85) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Freshman 2008-09 - Competed in every meet for the Illini during her freshman season ... Finished fourth in the 200 free in her collegiate debut against Nebraska ... Earned her first event title in the 200 free at Iowa State with a time of 1:54.51 ... Had a phenomenal meet at the Miami Invitational, setting four career-best times in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free.

High School - Four-year letterwinner in swimming at Omaha Marian High School ... Recognized as an All-American 2005-08 ... Two-time state champion in the 100 and 200 free ... Named team captain for two years ... Member of the Nebraska High School Championship Team 2005-07 ... 11-time Metro Conference Champion ... Nine-time Nebraska State Champion ... Honored as the Greater Omaha Sports Committee Scholar Athlete for Girls Swimming 2007-08.

Personal - Born Aug. 4, 1990 ... Parents are Thomas and Geraldine Kunkel ... Has a younger brother, Billy and a younger sister, Kristy ... Majoring in elementary education ... Lists her biggest thrill in sports as watching the 4x100 men's relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing ... Hobbies include reading, hanging out with friends, water sports, and meeting new people.

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