Student-Athletes Honored for Earning GPAs of 3.7 or Higher, Including Seven 4.0 GPAs at Illinois
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Junior 2012-13 - Posted top-10 times in school history in eight events, including three individual events ... Anchored the 800-yard freestyle relay team that posted the fastest time in school history (7:20.87) ... Became the third-fastest individual in school history in the 50- (23.29) and the fourth-fastest in the 100-yard (50.58) freestyle at the Big Ten Championships ... Also became the seventh-fastest individual in school history in the 200-yard freestyle time at the Big Ten Championships (1:49.65) ... Led off the 200-yard freestyle relay team that posted the fifth-fastest time in school history at the Big Ten Championships (1:32.13) ... Also led off the 400 free relay team that finished with the third-fastest time in school history at the Big Ten Championships (3:22.01) ... Anchored the 200 free relay team that set an ARC record against Michigan State (1:35.00) ... Anchored two 200 medley relay teams that posted top-10 times in school history, including the second-fastest time in Illini history at the Big Ten Championships.
Sophomore 2011-12 - Posted career bests in the 50 free (23.52) and 100 free (50.75) at the Big Ten Championships and 200 free, (1:49.78) 500 free, (4:58.89) and 50 fly (26.14) at the TYR Invite ... Ranks third in the 100 free (50.46) and tied for ninth in the 50 free (23.53) on Illinois' all-time fastest individuals list ... Earned Performance of the Year accolades at the team awards banquet for her part (50.46) in leading off the in the school record-breaking performance in the 400 free relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Freshman 2010-11 - Led the Illini in the 100 free (51.39) and 200 free (1:50.68) with her personal-best swims at the Big Ten Championships ... Posted first-place finishes in the 500 free against Nebraska (5:05.61) and against Iowa (5:07.96) and in the 1000 free (10:30.72) at Illinois State ... Posted career bests in the 1000 free (10:27.52) against Nebraska, 100 fly (59.67) at Illinois State, 1650 free (17:12.44) at the Hawkeye Invite, 500 free (4:59.54) at the Big Ten Championships and 50 free (23.93) and 200 IM (2:06.98) at the Last Chance Meet ... Earned Newcomer of the Year accolades at the team awards banquet ... Newcomer of the Year finalist among all female athletes at Illinois ... Honorable Mention Scholar-All American by CSCAA.
High School - Four-year letterwinner at Lockport Township High School ... Placed third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free at the Illinois state championships in 2009 ... Qualified for the state championships in the 500 free in 2007 and 2008 ... Earned All-America honors in 2009 and All-State honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... Received all-conference and all-sectional recognition each year in high school ... Swam with the Academy Bullets Swim Club ... Was the National Club Swimming Association Junior National Champion in the 200 and 400 free relays.
Personal - Born June 24, 1992 ... Parents are John and Kelli Pope ... Majoring in accountancy ... Coached the White Eagle Country Club swim team ... Plans to become a certified public accountant ... Enjoys playing sand volleyball, going out to eat, bonfires, going to the beach and being outdoors.